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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Neil Risch, PhD

Director, Institute for Human Genetics, UCSF
Email: rischn@humgen.ucsf.edu

Genetic Epidemiology

Neil Risch, Ph.D. is the Lamond Family Foundation Distinguished Professor in Human Genetics, Director of the Institute for Human Genetics, and Professor and previous co-chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco.  He is currently also the interim co-director of the new Institute for Computational Health Sciences.  For the past 18 years, he has also been an adjunct investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research.  Dr. Risch’s research area is genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics.  He has developed novel methods for discovering and characterizing genetic variants underlying disease predisposition, and has applied those methods to the discovery and characterization of genetic and environmental factors underlying a variety of disorders.  His research also focuses on population genetics, particularly how genetic variation is distributed in the human population.  Most recently, he has collaborated with investigators at the Kaiser Division of Research and UCSF on the development of a very large cohort used to study molecular and environmental factors involved in age-related disease and healthy aging.  Dr. Risch is a member of the Institute of Medicine, an elected fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a director of the American Society of Human Genetics, recipient of the Curt Stern Award from the American Society of Human Genetics, and President-elect of the American Society of Human Genetics.

To see Dr. Risch on PubMed, click here.