The Channing Division of Network Medicine is organized into three units that, together, create an unparalleled multidisciplinary research environment.
The Chronic Disease Epidemiology unit has developed several of the world’s largest longitudinal study populations, with a total sample size of approximately 280,000 subjects, including the landmark Nurses’ Health Study, Study and others such as the Growing Up Today Study. Read more about our cohorts- Cohorts.
The epidemiology of a broad range of complex chronic diseases is studied in these cohorts using traditional and novel approaches, including genomics, metabolomics, and molecular pathoepidemiology.
The Systems Genetics and Genomics unit has grown from a focus on the genetic and environmental determinants of complex respiratory diseases, most notably asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), to use a variety of integrated genomics approaches to studying multiple disease areas.
Our study populations in asthma and COPD house, in total, DNA samples for approximately 100,000 well-phenotyped subjects. Read more about our cohorts- COPD study populations and Asthma study populations.
The Systems Pathobiology unit develops multidisciplinary approaches to complex diseases, with a focus on methods development for network research.