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Dr. Muin Khoury MD, PhD, founding director of the Centers for Disease Control’s Office of Public Health Genomics and Jan Lowery PhD, MPH with the University of Colorado explain the current research on genetics and cancer. They identify the role public health can play in promoting early detection and treatment for those with a genetic risk for cancer.     

Videos

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Part 1 - Overview (3:11)

Part 2 - How We Use Genetics (6:19)

Part 3 - Role of Registries (4:24)

Part 4 - Role of Public Health (5:13)

Full Video (18:43)

Resources

Learning Objectives

  • Explain genetic risk factors for cancer
  • Identify preventative measures in genetic cancers
  • Identify the public health role in promoting early detection and treatment for those with genetic risk

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Presenters

Dr. Muin Khoury MD, PhD, founding director of the Centers for Disease Control’s Office of Public Health Genomics

Dr. Khoury is the founding director of the CDC's Office of Public Health Genomics. The Office was formed in 1997 to assess the impact of advances in human genetics and the Human Genome Project on public health and disease prevention. CDC's Office of Public Health Genomics serves as the national focus for integrating genomics into public health research and programs for disease prevention and health promotion. Dr. Khoury has developed a number of successful ongoing national and international initiatives to translate advances in genomics and related technologies to recommendations and actions that improve health and prevent disease throughout the life stages. Since 2007, he has also served the National Cancer Institute as senior advisor in public health genomics in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. Between 2011 and 2015 he led the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program in the same Division.

Dr. Khoury received his B.S. degree in Biology/Chemistry from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and his medical degree and Pediatrics training from the same institution. He received a Ph.D. in Human Genetics/Genetic Epidemiology and training in Medical Genetics from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Khoury is board certified in Medical Genetics.

Dr. Khoury received the Public Health Service Special Recognition Award in 1990 for his outstanding contribution to the scientific literature in the areas of birth defects and genetic epidemiology. In 1994, he received the Arthur Fleming Award for outstanding government service. In 1998, Dr. Khoury was credentialed for the Senior Biomedical Research Service for outstanding contributions to public health. In 2000, he received the CDC Research Honor Award for outstanding national leadership in genetics and public health. In 2005, he received the National Cancer Institute visiting scholar award for leadership and vision in genetic epidemiology and public health.

Dr. Khoury has published extensively in the fields of genetic epidemiology and public health genetics. He has over 500 scientific publications including articles, books and book chapters. In 1993, he published a textbook entitled: "Fundamentals of Genetic Epidemiology". In 2000, he was the lead editor for the book entitled: "Genetics and Public Health in the 21st Century: Using Genetic Information to Improve Health and Prevent Disease". His 2004 book entitled "Human Genome Epidemiology" illustrates the applications of epidemiologic methods and approaches to the continuum of genomic information from research to practice. In 2010, he published a completely updated second edition of "Human Genome Epidemiology".

Dr. Khoury is a member of many professional societies and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. He is a frequent keynote speaker at many academic institutions, professional organization meetings, as well as state, regional, national and international conferences. He also serves on several scientific, public health, and health policy national and international committees. He is an adjunct professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Environmental and Occupational Health at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and an associate in the Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Jan Lowery PhD, MPH, Catholic Health Initiatives

Dr. Lowery is a cancer epidemiologist with over 15 years of experience leading population-based health outcomes studies and public health implementation projects. The focus of her work and passion is preventing chronic disease, improving access to care and finding innovative, systems-level approaches to improve patient outcomes and positively impact population health.

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