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Center for Public Health Genomics Purpose and Goals

The Wake Forest School of Medicine’s strategic plan identifies several target areas of research and all of these areas have a strong genomic component. The purpose of the Center for Public Health Genomics is to encourage and facilitate research on the genomics of diseases and traits of significant personal and public health burden, including institutional strategic areas of aging/cognition, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, cancer, public health and regenerative medicine. The Center’s focus is primarily on the quantitative and population-based aspects of genomics research and is complementary and synergistic to other genomics and institutional efforts. The Center will contribute the institutional mission by connecting researchers, encouraging multi-disciplinary collaborations and developing statistical and bioinformatic infrastructure for “Next Generation” genomic questions. Output from the Center for Public Health Genomics is intended to be an institutional resource with equal access and inclusion for anyone, regardless of being a formal member.

Specific Aims

  1. Develop synergies and collaborations through sponsoring open Working Groups and the annual Statistical Genetics conference held in the research triangle.
  2. Sponsor two $20,000 Pilot Project RFAs (first and third year), where the intent is to develop material (e.g., data, theory) for subsequent NIH grant proposals.
  3. Develop statistical and bioinformatic software and analysis pipelines for sequence data, expression quantitative trait locus analyses, epigenetic data and summarization tools. 


Center for Public Health Genomics Meeting Information and Documents

Center for Public Health Genomics Bi-Annual Meeting
Time:  October 20, 2015
Time:  1:00pm-3:00pm
Location:  525@Vine, room 4001

Click here to view Data Lake presentation by Martin Sizemore, Associate Vice President, Chief Data Officer



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