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How Should New Technologies Be Integrated into Cancer Epidemiology?

Trends in 21st Century Epidemiology: From Scientific Discoveries to Population Health Impact on December 12-13, 2012


The Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) has initiated a strategic planning effort to develop scientific priorities for cancer epidemiology research in the next decade in the midst of a period of great scientific opportunity and resource constraints. EGRP would like to engage the research community and other stakeholders in a planning effort that will include a workshop in December 2012 to help shape new foci for cancer epidemiology research.

EGRP Invites Your Feedback

Word Cloud Illustrating the Meaning of TechnologiesTo facilitate this process, we invite the research community to join in an ongoing Web-based conversation to develop priorities and the next generation of high-impact studies.

This week, we address the issue of new technologies in use for cancer epidemiology research.  Tools of molecular biology, genomics, and other high throughput “omic” technologies are increasingly integrated into epidemiologic investigations along with advances in bioinformatics and technology. With these opportunities, however, come the major challenge of dealing with the data deluge and uncovering true causal relationships from the millions and millions of observations that can create “background noise.”

We would like to get your feedback on the following fundamental questions:

  • Which technologies do you feel are ready for “prime time” in epidemiologic research and for what purpose?  
  • What criteria would you use to determine when emerging technologies should be integrated  into epidemiologic research?      

Please use the comment section below to share your perspectives.

We encourage you to be as specific as possible. You can use or be inspired by the NCI Provocative Questions exercise. Comments provided through our blog will be used to shape the workshop discussion in December. Ultimately, we will all benefit from a vibrant dialogue in helping shape the future of cancer epidemiology in the next decade.

Comments are also still welcome in response to last month’s question:


EGRP’s Workshop Science Advisory Group


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