Section of Genetics - Genetic Epidemiology Group
Recent developments indicate that the next couple of years will be a fundamental time in genetic epidemiology for the identification of complex disease genes and assessing how these genes interact with environmental factors. Reasons for this include the availability of genome wide scans and increasing availability of large population based studies. The impact of single groups working alone is likely to be limited. The Genetic Epidemiology Group will ensure that it makes an important contribution in this field by focusing on the following priorities: (i) participating and leading large genomewide association studies of specific cancers, (ii) developing studies of rarer tumours, or cancers that have an important burden in low and middle income countries, and (iii) promoting international collaboration and the development of international consortia.