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NHGRI Offers $17.3M for Certain Genome-Wide Association Studies

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Human Genome Research Institute will offer $17.3 million for certain investigators to develop and perform genome-wide association studies in participants with phenotypes and environmental exposures culled from electronic medical records, the National Institutes of Health said today.
The plan, which is for researchers affiliated with existing bio-repositories, will support between three and five grants over four years.
The program will support studies using electronic medical records, including those that share previously collected DNA samples from clinical care or studies with NHGR-designated labs.
It aims to “develop and apply” uses for US bio-repositories with electronic medical records for large-scale, high-throughput genomic studies.
For each participating biorepository, the studies should determine: completeness and reliability of phenotypic and exposure data; adequacy of existing consent for large scale, high-throughput studies; the need for additional consent or consultation with participants or investigators; best practices for institutional board review interactions, participant consent, reporting results, and for collecting, formatting, documenting and sharing data; and the diversity and representativeness of individual participants. 
The deadline for application is May 18. Additional information can be found here.

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