Molecular epidemiology: linking molecular scale insights to population impacts.

Paul A. Schulte, Nathaniel Rothman, Pierre Hainaut, Martyn T. Smith, Paolo Boffetta, Frederica P. Perera

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In a broad sense, molecular epidemiology is the axis that unites insights at the molecular level and understanding of disease at the population level. It is also a partnership between epidemiologists and laboratory scientists in which investigations are conducted using the principles of both disciplines. A key trait of molecular epidemiology is to evaluate and establish the relationship between a biomarker and important exogenous and endogenous exposures, susceptibility, or disease, providing understanding that can be used in future research and public health and clinical practice. When potential solutions or interventions are identified, molecular epidemiology is also useful in developing and conducting clinical and intervention trials. It can then contribute to the translation of biomedical research into practical public health and clinical applications by addressing the medical and population implications of molecular phenomena in terms of reducing risk of disease. This chapter summarizes the contributions and research endeavours of molecular epidemiology and how they link with public health initiatives and clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalIARC scientific publications
Issue number163
StatePublished - 2011


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