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Call for papers: The impact of genomics on precision public health

Guest editors: Muin Khoury and Kathryn Holt

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The emergence of pathogen and human genome sequencing in clinical and public health practice provides opportunities and challenges for using genomics to improve population health. Human and pathogen genomics are at the leading edge of the application of new technologies to public health practice. Research efforts in this area are contributing to a new era of 'precision public health', an emerging multidisciplinary field that uses genomics, other big data and artificial intelligence to predict risk and outcomes, and to improve population health. Such studies are advancing our understanding of how to use pathogen and human genomics in public health approaches to prevent and control diseases, as well as to enhance health promotion and reduce health disparities. 

To capture advances in this growing area, Genome Medicine is pleased to announce a call for papers for our upcoming special issue on ‘The impact of genomics on precision public health', guest edited by Dr Muin Khoury from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and by Dr Kathryn Holt from Monash University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

We are now inviting the submission of Research, Method, Software, Database and Guideline manuscripts of outstanding interest covering the breadth of public health applications of human and pathogen genomics including:

  • Rare genetic variation
  • Polygenic risk scores
  • Large-scale association studies (GWAS, TWAS, EWAS, etc.)
  • Gene-environment interaction 
  • Mendelian randomization
  • Applications of artificial intelligence
  • Rare and common chronic diseases (including cancer, metabolic, cardiovascular and neurological diseases)
  • Reproductive health and newborn screening  
  • Infectious disease monitoring, control and prevention
  • Pathogen detection and diagnostics
  • Pathogen surveillance, epidemiology and evolution (including influenza, HIV, tuberculosis and other bacterial and parasitic diseases)
  • Foodborne disease outbreaks
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Viral outbreaks including the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Hospital and healthcare associated infections
  • Vaccine development and surveillance

Submission deadline: 15 July 2020

To submit your manuscript, please use the Genome Medicine online submission system and indicate in your covering letter that you would like the article to be considered for the ‘The impact of genomics on precision public health’ special issue. If you would like to enquire about the suitability of a manuscript for consideration, please email

This collection of articles has not been sponsored and articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process. The Guest Editors declares that they have no competing interests. The Guest Editors serve an advisory role to guide the scope of the special issue and commissioned content; final editorial decisions lie with the Editor.