EGRP News Flash - August 10, 2012

Comments Sought on Incentivizing Innovation in Genetic Epidemiology

The National Cancer Institute's Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) is exploring how challenges could be used to address important questions in the field of genetic epidemiology of complex diseases, foster collaboration, and engage scientists and others.

Under the authority of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (America COMPETES) Act, federal agencies are encouraged to use challenges and prizes to find innovative solutions to complex scientific problems.

EGRP invites feedback on the most pressing genetic epidemiology problems that could be best solved through challenges. For example:

  • What is the best variant calling procedure to identify putative polymorphic sites?
  • What is the best algorithm for predicting the effect of genetic variants on protein function?
  • Can we use prizes, challenges or games to predict phenotype from genotype?

Comments may be submitted on the Cancer Epidemiology Matters Blog.

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