The Evaluation of Genomic Applications in Practice and Prevention (EGAPP) initiative is seeking nominations for qualified and diverse individuals to replace outgoing EGAPP Working Group (EWG) members in the future.
The EGAPP initiative was established in late 2004 by the Office of Public Health Genomics (OPHG) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop and test a systematic, evidence-based process for evaluating genetic tests and other applications of genomic technology in transition from research to practice. The independent, multidisciplinary EWG was established in April, 2005. The group currently consists of 15 members, representing broad areas of expertise.
The Nomination and Selection Process
It is important that the EWG reflect diverse expertise and experience. EGAPP is seeking professionals from varied backgrounds and work settings, with expertise in one or more relevant disciplines that may include clinical and laboratory practice, economics/decision analysis, healthcare research, evidence-based medicine/health technology assessment, genomics, epidemiology, ethics, education, healthcare policy, and public health). Federal employees and those with clear financial or professional conflicts of interest are not eligible for consideration.
To submit a nomination, please provide a cover letter (may be from an organization, individual nominator, or a self-nominee) that briefly describes why the individual is interested in, and would be a good fit for, the EWG. Please include all relevant experience, with particular emphasis on service on other committees, working groups, or panels. The cover letter should be accompanied by a current curriculum vita. The nominations will initially be reviewed by selected members of the federal EGAPP Steering Committee. A subset of nominees will be contacted for a telephone interview that will elicit more information on experience and interest. They will also be asked to provide information on financial holdings, consultancies, corporate affiliations, and research grants/contracts, in order to permit assessment of real or perceived conflicts of interest. After this in depth review, new EWG members will be selected from nominees by the EGAPP Steering Committee.
Please submit your nomination materials to Dave Dotson at WDotson@cdc.gov
We are accepting nominations on an ongoing basis, in order to maintain a pool of qualified nominees who
may later be selected for membership to replace outgoing members. Applications will be considered active for at
least three years unless nominees notify us that they are no longer interested in being considered for membership.
EWG members must be able to attend three one and one-half day meetings per year (usually in Atlanta, GA) to deliberate on evidence reports, develop recommendations, and conduct votes. They also participate in activities between meetings by teleconference and e-mail. Members are reimbursed for travel expenses and receive a $175 honorarium for each in-person meeting day. Membership terms remain under consideration.
Specific roles of the EWG include:
The EWG develops recommendation statements based on rigorous scientific evaluations conducted by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Evidence-based Practice Centers or by EGAPP staff and consultants, according to established standards. Recommendations are communicated to health care practitioners and payers, policymakers, consumers, and a wide range of other stakeholders through journal publication, the www.EGAPPreviews.org website and other web postings, email notification, and through other partners and collaborators. The activities of the independent EWG are supported by OPHG-based EGAPP staff and core contracted consultants.
It is important to note that the EWG is an independent, multidisciplinary panel. Opinions and recommendations of the EWG, and EWG-developed materials posted on the www.EGAPPreviews.org website, are not designed to be advice to the Federal government and should not be construed as official positions of the CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Page last updated: May 15, 2013
Page last reviewed: May 15, 2013
Content Source: OPHG Staff