What the NIDA Genetics Workgroup is and What it Does

The NIDA Genetics Workgroup is an institute-wide group of NIDA staff involved in coordinating a variety of activities directed towards the enhancement of NIDA's grant portfolio in the following areas:

  • Human genetics
  • Population genetics
  • Molecular genetics
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Statistical genetics
  • Model genetic organisms
  • Genes and development
  • Pharmacogenetics

The workgroup strives to:

  1. develop avenues of research through program announcements and requests for applications
  2. sponsor seminars and speakers to inform NIDA of new areas in genetic research, and
  3. develop staff knowledge in areas of genetics research as it pertains to NIDA's overall mission to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.

The NIDA Genetics Consortium Committee (NGCC) is a subcommittee of the Genetics Workgroup that advises program directors, division and institute leadership on matters related to funding of human genetics grant and supplement applications. The NGCC also coordinates the NIDA Genetics Consortium Steering Committee, which oversees the activities of the NIDA Genetics Consortium.

The elucidation of genetic factors as well as their interactions with behavioral, social, and physical environments and how they relate to specific phenotypes is a critical component in determining addiction vulnerabilities and will ultimately facilitate diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

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