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Kurt D Christensen, Ph.D.

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A future where genomic information is readily available is rapidly approaching. Whether this information improves public health by improving patient care and empowering prevention, or whether it diminishes public health by motivating unnecessary follow-up testing and screening is unclear. I use my training in health economics, biochemistry, public health, and health behavior and health education to address these issues by focusing on three interrelated questions: 1) How do patients and physicians respond, behaviorally and psychologically, to information generated from emerging genomic technologies like whole genome sequencing? 2) What is the healthcare service and economic impact of integrating genomics into the everyday practice of medicine? 3) How can programs be improved to maximize the benefits and minimize the harms of genomic testing? The answers to these questions are essential as healthcare providers and policymakers make decisions about how to offer and support new genomic services.

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  1. OT2OD031925 (CHRISTENSEN, KURT DEREK ;HENDRICKS-STURRUP, RACHELE) Sep 15, 2022 - Aug 31, 2023
    NIH
    Developing a Grassroot Engagement Framework to Overcome Barriers to African American Participation in Precision Medicine Research
    Role Description: The overall aim of this grant is to refine and finalize a set of actionable engagement strategies, preliminarily developed in a pilot project based on African American nurse perspectives, for engaging African American communities in precision medicine research.
    Role: Principal Investigator
  2. U01TR003201 (GREEN, ROBERT C.) Jul 1, 2021 - Jun 30, 2025
    NIH
    Implementation of Whole Genome Sequencing as Screening in a Diverse Cohort of Healthy Infants
    Role Description: The goal of this multi-site randomized controlled trial is to implement early childhood genomic screening in "real-world" primary care settings with families with diverse racial backgrounds. This study will evaluate the medical an psychosocial impact of genomic sequencing on children and their families.
    Role: Co-Investigator
  3. R01HL143295 (GREEN, ROBERT C.) Jul 1, 2019 - Jun 30, 2024
    NIH/NHLBI
    Return of Genomic Results and Estimating Penetrance in Population-Based Cohorts
    Role Description: The overall goal of the proposed research is to develop and implement a genomic return of result process in the Framingham Heart Study and Jackson Heart Study cohorts and explore associated medical, behavioral and economic outcomes. We will also develop ways to automate and streamline genomic variant interpretation at scale, and develop analyses to aid assessment of penetrance.
    Role: Co-Investigator
  4. 20182750 (CHRISTENSEN, KURT DEREK) Feb 12, 2019 - Dec 31, 2022
    Sanford Health
    Medical/Economic ImpactT and Behavioral Responses to Integrating the Sanford ChipS (METRICS) Study
    Role Description: This goal of this research agreement is to summarize the impact of integrating pharmacogenetic and disease predisposition information into patient care within primary care settings, including the effect on clinician preparedness, provider and patient behaviors, medical and economic outcomes, and familial outcomes.
    Role: Principal Investigators
  5. R01HG009922 (GREEN, ROBERT C.) Sep 21, 2018 - Jun 30, 2021
    NIH
    Experiences and Outcomes in Early Adopters of Predispositional Sequencing
    Role Description: The objective of this research is to aggregate data from, and assess the value of, personal predispositional genome sequencing among participants in present day projects focused on sequencing apparently healthy individuals.
    Role: Co-Investigator

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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.