Geoffrey Ginsburg, MD, PhD, professor of medicine (Cardiology) and pathology and director of genomic medicine at the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, is one of four investigators to receive a grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)'s Genomic Medicine Pilot Demonstration Projects program.
These grants are unique in their focus on developing new approaches to incorporating genomic information into patient care, with special attention to the use of increasingly available electronic medical record systems and accompanying clinical decision-support programs. The four-year awards total more than $2.6 million in the first year, and if funding remains available, approximately $12.8 million overall.
Ginsburg's newly funded study will allow his team to build upon their research on electronic family health histories, for which his team (spearheaded by Lori Orlando, MD, from the Center for Personalized and Precision Medicine and faculty and staff from the Center for Human Genetics) developed a family history software tool to help patients provide their family health history electronically and to facilitate physician and patient decision-making. Ginsburg's new study will expand into many different clinical settings, with the intention to use family histories that patients provide electronically to improve patients' and health care professionals' understanding of disease risk.