Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Using Genomics to Predict Response to Weight Loss Interventions

Weight loss in response to interventions (both short term and long term maintenance) varies widely between individuals. What is the optimal use of the current molecular arsenal (genomics, metabolomics, expression arrays, etc.) to accurately predict individuals that will respond favorably to specific weight loss strategies?

Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? Compelling Question (CQ)

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Addressing this CC would enable targeted prevention and treatment strategies based on genotype.

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The rapid development of high throughput genomic sequencing and large scale molecular marker assays has led to a lower cost that makes this approach currently feasible. This coupled with large scale computational efforts to manipulate, store and analyze Big Data make the present the ideal time to embark on a focused precision medicine initiative addressing one of the most important US health problems.

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