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Big Epidemiology for Big Problems

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Air date: Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 3:00:00 PM
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Category: Wednesday Afternoon Lectures
Runtime: 01:00:26
Description: Society’s expectations for the investment in biomedical research are simple but grand: to live a longer and healthier life. Realizing this goal involves research that generates evidence on genetic determinants of risk, on environmental factors that harm and benefit health, and on the interactions of genes and environmental factors. Evidence generated through epidemiological research will be pivotal in meeting this goal, but research approaches of the past will not be sufficient for the future.

Trends are already evident – larger studies and consortia for genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and efforts to more accurately capture exposures. The accompanying challenges are also becoming evident – the difficulties and costs of recruiting populations, new ethical problems, and anticipation of unforeseeable opportunities made possible by technological advances. This presentation looks to the future, anticipating the “big problems” that will be the focus of epidemiological researchers and how they will be addressed.

The NIH Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series includes weekly scientific talks by some of the top researchers in the biomedical sciences worldwide.

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NLM Title: Big epidemiology for big problems [electronic resource] / Jonathan Samet.
Series: NIH Wednesday afternoon lecture series
Author: Samet, Jonathan M.
National Institutes of Health (U.S.).
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Other Title(s): NIH Wednesday afternoon lecture series
Abstract: (CIT): Society"s expectations for the investment in biomedical research are simple but grand: to live a longer and healthier life. Realizing this goal involves research that generates evidence on genetic determinants of risk, on environmental factors that harm and benefit health, and on the interactions of genes and environmental factors. Evidence generated through epidemiological research will be pivotal in meeting this goal, but research approaches of the past will not be sufficient for the future. Trends are already evident - larger studies and consortia for genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and efforts to more accurately capture exposures. The accompanying challenges are also becoming evident - the difficulties and costs of recruiting populations, new ethical problems, and anticipation of unforeseeable opportunities made possible by technological advances. This presentation looks to the future, anticipating the "big problems" that will be the focus of epidemiological researchers and how they will be addressed.
Subjects: Epidemiologic Factors
Epidemiologic Methods
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NLM Classification: WA 900.1
NLM ID: 101565203
CIT Live ID: 10269
Permanent link: http://videocast.nih.gov/launch.asp?16677

 

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