J Epidemiol Community Health 61:757-758 doi:10.1136/jech.2006.059055
  • Research agenda

Genetic and molecular epidemiology

  1. John P A Ioannidis
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor John P A Ioannidis
 Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, University of Ioannina School of Medicine, Ioannina 45110, Greece; jioannid{at}
  • Accepted 7 March 2007


Genetic and molecular epidemiology covers a vast area of research. Given the rapid changes in this field, discussing a research agenda is a precarious and ambitious task. A representative set of high-priority concepts will be presented here, each of which alone could be the topic of a long series of essays. The wish list includes issues of full transparency and integration of information, dealing efficiently with complex multidimensional biology, juxtaposing the genome and environmental exposures, and using robust randomised trials to advance our knowledge and its application in this field.


  • Competing interests: None declared.