Public Health Genomics-Integrating Genomics and Epigenetics into National and European Health Strategies and Policies

Tobias Schulte Bäumen, Angela Brand

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    Abstract

    In recent years epigenetic factors have been increasingly recognized as important determinants of health. The genomic research of the last decade has seen an important change of direction, from the high penetrance genes to the geneenvironment interactions. So far Public Health and health policy makers are struggling to translate these emerging understandings of disease etiology into policies and practices. In this paper we argue that the different professions involved in this discourse are operating with different concepts. The analysis and recognition of small relative risks does not provide policy makers with the scientific base that they need to modify health policies. Relative risks may only be useful if researchers are able either to translate the relative risks into attributable risks or if they initially set up study designs which aim to identify attributable risks. In the language of law and policy makers these attributable risks are modifiable, therefore allowing collective and individual actions to be taken. Translating emerging scientific knowledge into policies is one of the main tasks of Public Health Genomics. Public Health Genomics is an emerging fi eld of translational research which organizes the effective and responsible application of genome based knowledge and technologies. In Europe the Public Health Genomics European Network (PHGEN), a DG SANCO-funded network of researchers, policy makers and their institutions is organizing this process. It has set up communications processes which ensure that epigenetic factors are increasingly recognized both by researchers and by policy makers.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEpigenetics and Human Health
    Subtitle of host publicationLinking Hereditary, Environmental and Nutritional Aspects
    PublisherWiley-VCH Verlag
    Pages265-279
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Print)9783527324279
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 08-01-2010

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    Bäumen, T. S., & Brand, A. (2010). Public Health Genomics-Integrating Genomics and Epigenetics into National and European Health Strategies and Policies. In Epigenetics and Human Health: Linking Hereditary, Environmental and Nutritional Aspects (pp. 265-279). Wiley-VCH Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1002/9783527628384.ch21
    Bäumen, Tobias Schulte ; Brand, Angela. / Public Health Genomics-Integrating Genomics and Epigenetics into National and European Health Strategies and Policies. Epigenetics and Human Health: Linking Hereditary, Environmental and Nutritional Aspects. Wiley-VCH Verlag, 2010. pp. 265-279
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