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Williams to Provide Guidance on Genomic-Based Research to IOM

Janet Williams

Professor Janet Williams, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, has been appointed to the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Roundtable on Translating Genomic-Based Research for Health. This roundtable brings together leaders from academia, industry, government, foundations, associations, and representatives of patients and consumers who have a mutual interest in addressing the issues surrounding the translation of genomic-based research. 

“I am honored to represent the University of Iowa and the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) to address concerns from health care providers, educators, and the general public regarding the implementation of genomic discoveries in health care,” said Williams.

The roundtable will be tasked with exploring and implementing strategies for improving health by translating genomics and genetics research findings into medicine, public health, education, and policy.

Recent publications by the roundtable include: “The Economics of Genomic Medicine,” and “Genomic Based Diagnostics: Clarifying Pathways to Clinical Use.”

“Our goal is to provide evidence-based information and advice on applying genomic health discoveries across populations and health care settings,” added Williams.

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Professor Janet K. Williams, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, is a Genetics Nurse Specialist, PNP and a Genetic Counselor. She is the Chair of the University of Iowa Behavioral and Social Science Institutional Review Board and directed the Clinical Genetics Nursing Research Postdoctoral Fellowship program. Dr. Williams conducts research on day to day function in people with prodromal Huntington disease, family caregiving by adults and adolescents for persons with Huntington disease, and ethical issues in disclosure of secondary findings from genomic analysis in clinical and research settings. She is the past president of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics and is a consultant on national and international projects to promote research, education, and practice of nurses regarding genetics.

About IOM
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. Established in 1970, the IOM is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, which was chartered under President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Nearly 150 years later, the National Academy of Sciences has expanded into what is collectively known as the National Academies, which comprises the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Research Council, and the IOM. To learn more, visit

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Sep 11th, 2013