A knowledge base for tracking the impact of genomics on population health

Genet Med. 2016 Dec;18(12):1312-1314. doi: 10.1038/gim.2016.63. Epub 2016 Jun 9.


Purpose: We created an online knowledge base (the Public Health Genomics Knowledge Base (PHGKB)) to provide systematically curated and updated information that bridges population-based research on genomics with clinical and public health applications.

Methods: Weekly horizon scanning of a wide variety of online resources is used to retrieve relevant scientific publications, guidelines, and commentaries. After curation by domain experts, links are deposited into Web-based databases.

Results: PHGKB currently consists of nine component databases. Users can search the entire knowledge base or search one or more component databases directly and choose options for customizing the display of their search results.

Conclusion: PHGKB offers researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and the general public a way to find information they need to understand the complicated landscape of genomics and population health.Genet Med 18 12, 1312-1314.

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Genetic*
  • Genomics*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Knowledge Bases*
  • Public Health