the International Genetic Epidemiology Society, a scientific
society concerned with "the study of genetic components in
complex biological phenomena" according to James V. Neel,
the founding President of the Society. The successful mapping of the
human genome will greatly facilitate the study of health and disease
in a manner that integrates both host and environmental factors. IGES
is devoted to the development of the methodology to permit such types
of studies and the application of these approaches in human populations.
include geneticists, epidemiologists, statisticians, mathematicians,
biologists, related biomedical researchers and students interested
in the research of the genetic basis of the diseases, complex traits
and their risk factors. The field is a marriage between disciplines
of genetics and epidemiology. Traditional genetics tends to focus
on the gene-phenotype connection and often considers the environment
as a nuisance, something to be controlled by scientific study design
or as a statistical error term. Conversely, traditional epidemiology
tends to focus on the environmental causes and risk factors of traits
while treating genetic factors as a nuisance. Genetic epidemiology
focuses on both genetics and environment in order to explain exactly
how genes express in the presence of different environmental contexts,
to come to a fuller understanding of the etiology of complex traits.
was formed in 1992 as the only INTERNATIONAL genetics
society devoted to the promotion of the study of genetic epidemiology
and statistical genetics.