Current Epidemiology Reports

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

Opportunities for Epidemiologists: from Precision Medicine to Population Health

  • Randi ForakerEmail author
Invited Commentary

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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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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