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Current Epidemiology Reports

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 266–268 | Cite as

Opportunities for Epidemiologists: from Precision Medicine to Population Health

  • Randi ForakerEmail author
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To date, no single study has been designed to adequately characterize individuals from their genome to their “exposome,” which comprises exogenous and endogenous forces occurring over the life-course which have an impact on and provide context for our health status [1, 2]. In this issue, Dr. Catov and colleagues illuminate the role of pregnancy—a significant life-course event—in mothers’ future health status. The authors have compiled evidence which demonstrates that pregnancy can serve as a “stress test” which may reveal clues to subclinical disease processes. Identifying and treating underlying disease during pregnancy may lead to better health as women approach mid-life.

Due in part to the burdensome cost of large, longitudinal cohort studies and multisite clinical trials, there is a need for pragmatic research which makes use of readily available data elements and data sources [3]. We live in an exciting time, since technologies are being developed—and are increasingly...

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Conflict of Interest

Randi Foraker is a Section Editor for Springer Nature’s Current Epidemiology Reports.

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This article contains no studies with human or animal subjects performed by the author.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Informatics (I2)Washington University School of Medicine in St. LouisSt. LouisUSA

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