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Nanibaa' A. Garrison, Ph.D.
May 28, 2014

Nanibaa' A. Garrison, Ph.D.Since joining the faculty in August, Dr. Garrison has been involved in the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) network that is made up of 10 sites across the U.S., including Vanderbilt. While she is leading a systematic literature review on broad consent and data sharing of biobanks in tandem with co-developing a large survey to administer to patients at all eMERGE sites, she is also involved in collaborative eMERGE projects on the return of genomic research results. She has co-authored two recent papers with eMERGE collaborators:

Jarvik GP, Amendola LM, Berg JS, Brothers K, Clayton EW, Chung W, Evans BJ, Evans JP, Fullerton SM, Gallego CJ, Garrison NA, Gray SW, Holm IA, Kullo IJ, Lehmann LS, McCarty C, Prows CA, Rehm HL, Sharp RR, Salama J, Sanderson S, Van Driest SL, Williams MS, Wolf SM, Wolf WA, eMERGE ROR Committee & CERC Committee, CSER Act-ROR Working Group, Burke, W. Return of Genomic Results to Research Participants: The floor, the ceiling, and choices in-between. Am J Hum Genet. 2014 June; In Press.

Kullo IJ, Haddad R, Prows CA, Holm I, Sanderson SC, Garrison NA, Sharp RR, Smith ME, Kuivaniemi H, Bottinger EP, Connolly J, Keating BJ, McCarty CA, Williams MS, Jarvik GP. Return of results in the genomic medicine projects of the eMERGE network. Frontiers in Genetics. 2014 Mar;5:50. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2014.00050.

According to the eMERGE website, "The Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network is a national consortium organized by NHGRI to develop, disseminate, and apply approaches to research. It combines DNA biorepositories with electronic medical record (EMR) systems for large-scale, high-throughput genetic research with the ultimate goal of returning genomic testing results to patients in a clinical care setting. The Network is currently exploring more than a dozen phenotypes (with 13 additional electronic algorithms having already been published). Various models of returning clinical results have been implemented or planned for pilot at sites across the Network.

Dr. Garrison’s work focuses on perspectives on participating in genetic research studies, with a special interest in Native American populations and their perspectives. She has been invited to speak at an upcoming symposium on “A Spectrum of Perspectives: Native Peoples & Genetics Research” on Monday, June 23 at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.  This is co-sponsored by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Policy Research Center and the NIH National Human Genome Research Institute.

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