Presidential address: Six open questions to genetic epidemiologists

Genet Epidemiol. 2019 Apr;43(3):242-249. doi: 10.1002/gepi.22191. Epub 2019 Jan 19.


Given the rapid pace with which genomics and other -omics disciplines are evolving, it is sometimes necessary to shift down a gear to consider more general scientific questions. In this line, in my presidential address I formulate six questions for genetic epidemiologists to ponder on. These cover the areas of reproducibility, statistical significance, chance findings, precision medicine and related fields such as bioinformatics and data science. Possible hints at responses are presented to foster our further discussion of these topics.

Keywords: data science; p values; precision medicine; reproducibility; significance.

MeSH terms

  • Computational Biology
  • Epidemiologists*
  • Genomics*
  • Humans
  • Precision Medicine
  • Reproducibility of Results