The primary mission of the Genomics Education Initiative is to service primary care physicians.
The Initiative provides education and information about:
- DNA and the human genome
- single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)
- genome-wide association (GWAS) studies
- specific genome-based disease risk tests that are well-validated and relevant to general medicine.
A secondary mission is to provide similar educational services to other relevant audiences. These include:.
- medical assistants and staff
- medical laboratory personnel
- educational institutions, and their students
- interested members of the general public.
The Genomics Education Initiative is a private consulting business whose goal is to increase awareness and understanding of genome-based risk assessments for common diseases and conditions. It was founded in 2008 by Dr. Frederick Whipple, an experienced researcher and educator in genetics and molecular biology.
The Initiative provides courses, seminars, and workshops designed specifically for:
- medical and laboratory personnel
- the general public
Programs can be provided at your hospital, organization, or company. Open classes for the general public are also scheduled at various times in and around Southern California.
Dr. Frederick Whipple received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Tufts Medical School in 1991. He spent seven years at Harvard Medical School performing research in genetics and molecular biology. He then joined the faculty of California State University, Fullerton, where he served for seven years teaching genetics and molecular biology, and performing research in the field of DNA damage and repair.
At CSU Fullerton Dr. Whipple pioneered a course in Medical Genetics focused on genome analysis and disease associations.
Dr. Whipple has published research papers in several major peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Molecular Biology, Genes and Development, and Nucleic Acids Research. He has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society.
Dr. Whipple's CV is available here.