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Digna Velez Edwards, PhD
Associate Professor
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Her research is focused on understanding and identifying genetic risk factors for complex diseases with a specific focus on diseases that disproportionately impact minorities and genetic factors related to women's health and reproductive outcomes. She utilizes large clinical databases that link electronic health record (EHR) information to DNA and the Right from the Start cohort, a community-based prospective pregnancy cohort. Current research projects include genetic studies of preterm birth, miscarriage, uterine fibroids, pelvic organ prolapse, and keloids. These studies include genome-wide association analyses, next-generation sequencing, evaluation of biomarkers, and phenome-wide association studies.

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Research Keywords:

# Genetic Epidemiology
# Reproductive Epidemiology
# Uterine Fibroids
# Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes
# Endometriosis
# Gynecologic Health
# Electronic Health Records
# Big Data Genomics

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