The education platform will provide a web accessible interface for students and scientists to access, analyze, learn and collaborate on solving real-world genomic medicine challenges using various statistical methods, computational approaches/ code, tutorials and an international network of leading scientists.
The application of genetics to medicine is one of the most exciting areas of medicine. While it is widely known that genetics underlies susceptibility to multiple diseases as well as the response to medicines, many of the discoveries of such associations have been predominantly made in European populations. Furthermore, the association between genes and many diseases is often complex. For example, not all individuals with a given genetic variant associated with a disease always get the disease because the biological effect of a gene depends on both the environment and other genes in an individual. The search for answers to these questions and their ultimate application in the clinic will require a lot of research that can only be performed by individuals trained appropriately in the area.
The goal of the United Genomes Project is to make this possible by training thousands of students on using genetic data, especially from African populations, to help identify genetic information that could have public health significance in Africa.
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