Speaker Profile

M.D., MPH, Scientific Director, Massachusetts Veteran’s Epidemiology Research Center (MAVERIC) and Principal Investigator, Million Veteran Program, VA Boston Healthcare System; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Gaziano is an internationally recognized chronic disease epidemiologist whose research interests include the epidemiology of chronic diseases using large data sources. A centerpiece of his research involves the conduct of observational studies and trials that are imbedded in a health care system and the curation of electronic health data from many sources. He serves as PI of the Million Veteran Program (MVP) which is expected to enroll one million veterans into a longitudinal cohort with stored biospecimens, self-reported data and the rich electronic clinical and administrative data available in the VA. To date over 612,000 veterans have been enrolled. He is also principal investigator of the Physicians’ Health Study, a large-scale trial-based cohort of over 29,000 physicians followed for over 30 years and has served as PI, Co-PI or co-investigator on many other cohort studies and large-scale trials. He serves on advisory committee of the UKBiobank.

Session Abstract – PMWC 2018 Silicon Valley

Session Synopsis: There has never been a better time to invest in large scale sequencing initiatives in human genetics research as the field is ripe with tremendous potential and is poised to fuel the next wave of scientific and medical advances. Technology development has enabled unprecedented scale of sequence data generation and the ability to link genomic data to high quality clinical data. This panel will touch upon recent advances and what outcomes are expected due to the revolutionary advancements of large scale sequencing and through genetics initiatives.

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