Issues in Returning Individual Results
from Genome Research Using
Population-Based Banked Specimens, with
a Focus on the National Health and
Nutrition Examination Survey
Kevin Kinsella, Rapporteur
Steering Committee for the Workshop on Guidelines for
Returning Individual Results from Genome Research Using
Population-Based Banked Specimens
Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
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This study was supported by a transfer from the National Center for Health Statistics to Grant No. SES-1024012 between the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation, which provides funding for the Committee on National Statistics from a consortium of federal agencies. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.
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Suggested citation: National Research Council. (2014). Issues in Returning Individual Results from Genome Research Using Population-Based Banked Specimens, with a Focus on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: A Workshop Summary. K. Kinsella, Rapporteur. Steering Committee for the Workshop on Guidelines for Returning Individual Results from Genome Research Using Population-Based Banked Specimens, Committee on National Statistics, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
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STEERING COMMITTEE FOR THE WORKSHOP ON GUIDELINES FOR RETURNING INDIVIDUAL RESULTS FROM GENOME RESEARCH USING POPULATION-BASED BANKED SPECIMENS
WYLIE BURKE (Chair), Department of Bioethics and Humanities, University of Washington
LESLIE G. BIESECKER, Genetic Disease Research Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute
JEFFREY BOTKIN, Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities, University of Utah
MILDRED K. CHO, Center for Biomedical Ethics, Stanford University School of Medicine
ELLEN WRIGHT CLAYTON, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt University
EILEEN M. CRIMMINS, Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California
KEVIN KINSELLA, Study Director
JACQUELINE R. SOVDE, Program Associate
COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL STATISTICS
LAWRENCE D. BROWN (Chair), Department of Statistics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
JOHN M. ABOWD, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University
MARY ELLEN BOCK, Department of Statistics, Purdue University
DAVID CARD, Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley
ALICIA CARRIQUIRY, Department of Statistics, Iowa State University
MICHAEL E. CHERNEW, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
CONSTANTINE GATSONIS, Center for Statistical Sciences, Brown University
JAMES S. HOUSE, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
MICHAEL HOUT, Department of Sociology, New York University
SALLIE KELLER, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech, Arlington, VA
LISA LYNCH, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
COLM O’MUIRCHEARTAIGH, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago
RUTH PETERSON, Criminal Justice Research Center, Ohio State University
EDWARD H. SHORTLIFFE, Departments of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University and Arizona State University
HAL STERN, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine
CONSTANCE F. CITRO, Director
This report summarizes the proceedings of a workshop convened in February 2014 to consider guidelines for returning individual results from genomic research using population-based banked specimens. The workshop was sponsored by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and convened by the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) of the National Research Council (NRC).
The workshop was organized by a six-member steering committee composed of experts in the fields of bioethics, law and genetics, biomedical genetics, and demography. The committee was chaired by Wylie Burke, University of Washington, and included Leslie G. Biesecker, National Human Genome Research Institute; Jeffrey Botkin, University of Utah; Mildred K. Cho, Stanford University; Ellen Wright Clayton, Vanderbilt University; and Eileen M. Crimmins, University of Southern California. The committee provided indispensable guidance in developing the workshop agenda, securing expert presentations, and facilitating the conduct of the workshop. Although the steering committee members played a central role throughout, they did not actively participate in writing this summary.
The committee would like to thank NCHS staff members Virginia Cain, Jennifer Madans, Geraldine McQuillan, and Kathryn Porter for their planning-meeting input prior to the workshop. The presentations during the workshop provided the basis for lively and informative discussions. We greatly appreciate the contributions of Benjamin Berkman,
Laura Beskow, Barbara Biesecker, Jeffrey Botkin, Kelly Edwards, Carolyn Tucker Halpern, Tina Hambuch, Robert M. Hauser, Gail Jarvik, Steven Joffe, Sharon Kardia, Muin Khoury, Jennifer H. Madans, Martha McClintock, John Moye, Kathryn Porter, Henry S. Richardson, David Weir, Marc Williams, and Susan M. Wolf.
The steering committee acknowledges the work of the staff of the NRC in organizing the workshop and this report. Constance F. Citro, director of CNSTAT, provided overall direction and guidance for the project. Adam C. Berger of the Institute of Medicine offered valuable suggestions regarding steering committee membership and chaired a workshop session. Kevin Kinsella of the DBASSE Committee on Population assisted with organizing the steering committee and setting the agenda for the study, and served as rapporteur for the workshop. Jacqui Sovde of CNSTAT provided invaluable assistance with all aspects of the project, including myriad logistical details as well as report preparation. Paula Whitacre edited the report, and Kirsten Sampson Snyder orchestrated the review process.
This workshop summary was reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the Report Review Committee of the NRC. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that assist the institution in making its report as sound as possible, and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process.
The panel thanks the following individuals for their review of this report: Eileen M. Crimmins, Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California; Alan R. Fleischman, Clinical Pediatrics and Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Norman Fost, Pediatrics and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; and Jennifer R. Harris, Division of Epidemiology, The Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway.
Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the content of the report nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Robert M. Groves, Provost and Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and Department of Sociology, Georgetown University. Appointed by the NRC, he was responsible for
making certain that the independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of the report rests entirely with the rapporteur and the NRC.
Wylie Burke, Chair
Steering Committee for the Workshop on
Guidelines for Returning Individual Results from
Genomic Research Using Population-Based Banked Specimens