Research policy

The Initiative on Genomics & Public Health

Projects in IGPH, include:

Grand Challenges in Genomics for Public Health in Developing Countries

WHO launched the Grand Challenges in Genomics for Public Health in Developing Countries in June 2011.

The vision is to develop a list of the top 10 priorities ('Grand Challenges') for the effective development and application of genomics-based interventions for public health improvement in developing countries that WHO will take to Member States in 2012 to guide countries' research and public health strategies on genomics to improve public health.

The priorities will be identified through a series of consultations with leading international scientific and public health experts. The consultations will identify the key Grand Challenges or bottlenecks to be overcome by developing countries to harness genomics for alleviating the greatest public health problems over the next 10 years.

Grand Challenges comprise major problems and issues in public health in developing countries, the solutions or contributions to which genomics has an integrated, significant part.

Weekly Highlights

DNA Helix

Selection of weekly highlights in genomics & public health are made available through our IGPH reader:

We scan major scientific journals such a Nature and Science, more subject specific journals, and media focused on science and technology for developing countries. Weekly Highlights helps showcase the state and maturity of the science and technology of genomics and its clinical and public health applications.

Selected research articles are generally either open access or appear in scientific journals that can be freely accessed in many developing countries through the Hinari Network.

The WHO Genomics Research Resource Database contains a section with relevant external sources to help you stay on top of research literature, including newsletters from relevant organizations, and free web-based tools to search the literature.