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GEI: Genes, Enviroment, and Health Initiative

Program Description

The GEI is an NIH wide initiative that has two main components: the Genetics Program and the Exposure Biology Program. The Exposure Biology Program is developing innovative new technologies to measure environmental toxins, dietary intake, and physical activity, and to determine an individual's biological response to those influences, using new tools of genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics. The NHLBI is spearheading the Methods of Analysis of Gene-Environment Interactions in Complex Diseases initiative in the GEI Genetics Program. Additionally, the NHLBI in partnership with the NCI are leading the Improved Measures of the Diet and Physical Activity in the GEI Exposure Biology Program. On August 4-5, 2008, NHLBI organized a GEI workshop called "Genome-wide Association: Analyze This!" The purpose of this workshop was to share and discuss statistical strategies to identify environmental components or covariates of disease and their interactions with genes in genome-wide association studies.

The NHLBI Program Officers for the GEI Genetics Program are Dina Paltoo, Ph.D., M.P.H. and Cashell Jaquish, Ph.D.

The NHLBI Program Officer for the GEI Exposure Biology Program is Catherine Loria.

Related Websites:

NIH GEI Home Page
NIH GEI Genetics Program
NIH GEI Exposure Biology Program

Program Start and End Date

September 2007 to September 2010

Original Funding Announcement (FOA)

GEI Funding Announcements











Last Updated September 2011




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