New AGHI

 

HOW IT WORKS

1. ENROLL

Volunteers will be recruited at sites across the state, starting in Birmingham. They will donate a small blood sample.

2. TEST

DNA, extracted from that sample, will be analyzed with genotype arrays for volunteers upon their consent; individuals with indications of genetic disease will receive whole-genome sequencing.

3. COUNSEL

All volunteers will receive a findings report. Healthy volunteers who have actionable mutations (predicted to be 1–3 percent of participants) and those who have had whole-genome sequencing will receive genetic counseling and referrals to appropriate medical care.

4. DISCOVER

Study data will create a statewide genomic database that could give researchers new insight into prevention and treatment of gene related diseases. The AGHI also will help educate health providers statewide about genomic medicine and advance a genomics-ready population and health care workforce in Alabama.