A Personalized Genomic Medicine Pilot Program Using the NUgene eMERGE Experience
About this Project
The mapping of the human genome has enabled new exploration of how genetic variations contribute to health and disease. To better realize this promise, researchers must now determine ways in which genetic make-up gives some individuals a greater chance of becoming sick with chronic conditions such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, or heart disease. The goal of gaining this knowledge is to translate it to bedside practice and ultimately improve patient care.
The Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network is a national consortium organized by NHGRI to develop, disseminate, and apply approaches to research. It combines DNA biorepositories with electronic medical record (EMR) systems for large-scale, high-throughput genetic research with the ultimate goal of returning genomic testing results to patients in a clinical care setting. The Network is currently exploring more than a dozen phenotypes (with 13 additional electronic algorithms having already been published). Various models of returning clinical results have been implemented or planned for pilot at sites across the Network. Themes of bioinformatics, genomic medicine, privacy and community engagement are of particular relevance to eMERGE.
PI: Rex Chisolm, PhD