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Message from the Director

Andrew

Dear friends and colleagues:

During the last decade, sequencing costs have fallen dramatically. In 2006, the cost to sequence a human genome was over $10,000,000; today (2016) that cost is under $1,500. This reduction in cost has led to a “genomic revolution” and with it, an unprecedented increase in the amount of information that can be accessed in any given sample. This holds great promise for a better understanding of disease processes, with the hope that with such understanding will come improved medical therapies and ultimately, a positive impact on public health initiatives.

A critical barrier to making progress in genomics is our ability to analyze the resulting datasets. Technologies are constantly changing. The data generated by current experiments is extremely complex and the resulting datasets are immense. Therefore, in an effort to bridge the analytic barrier, new sophisticated statistical and computational methodologies are needed to make the most (or really get anything out) of these data. This is the primary mission of Duke’s Center for Statistical Genetics and Genomics.

Fortunately, Duke is particularly rich in quantitative researchers investigating such approaches. They can be found in departments across Duke: Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Statistics, Engineering, Mathematics, Biology, etc.  A fundamental objective of the Center for Statistical Genetics and Genomics is to provide a community for these scientists.  This community enhances infrastructures that facilitate collaboration between groups and maximizes opportunities for scientific discovery.

I invite you to explore our website and learn more about the Center, the people involved and the types of research projects we currently support.  If you are member of the Duke community — faculty, staff, or student — and are interested in participating or have ideas for future projects, please feel free to get in touch with us at statgen@duke.edu. Or if you are not at Duke and would like to learn more about the Center, please also send us an email.  I look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you around the Center in the near future.

Andrew