A Public Health Approach for Fulfilling the Promise of Genomics to Improve Health: Or, When Should We All Have Our Genomes Sequenced?

Dr. Muin Khoury, MD, PhD

Director, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Best Buy Theater, Northrop Auditorium

View Video  Duration: 1 hour 28 minutes

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Fulfilling the promise of genomics in improving health requires a population perspective to complement the “bench to bedside” model of clinical translation. An expanded multidisciplinary research agenda is needed to understand the benefits, costs, and harms of genomics in health care and disease prevention (beyond bench to bedside) in the larger context of social and environmental determinants of disease.

Dr. Douglas Yee


  Dr. Douglas Yee, MD
  Director, Masonic Cancer Center
  University of Minnesota



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Dr. Muin Khoury

Muin Khoury, MD, PhD is the founding director of CDC's Office of Public Health Genomics. The Office was formed in 1997 to assess the impact of advances in human genetics on public health and disease prevention. He received his medical degree and pediatrics training from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and a PhD in human genetics/genetic epidemiology from Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Khoury also serves as Acting Associate Director, Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP), in the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). Since 2007, he has helped integrate public health genomics research into the Division's research portfolio, such as comparative effectiveness research in genomics and personalized medicine. Dr. Khoury is an adjunct professor of Epidemiology at Emory's School of Public Health, where he originated this course in 1997. His most recent book, Human Genome Epidemiology—the 2nd edition appeared in 2010—covers many of the concepts he will discuss in this lecture.