There are five Disease-oriented Genome Networks in the National Genome Research Network:
In the genome network on Diseases Due to Environmental Factors scientists are investigating inflammatory diseases which are caused by the coincidence of genetic mutations and certain environmental influences.
In another genome network the human organism is being investigated as to how it reacts to infections with different pathogens or to inflammation.
In the genome network on Cardiovascular Diseases scientists are searching for the molecular causes of high blood pressure, heart insufficiency, heart rhythm disorders, and heart malformations.
Using functional genome analysis NGFN-scientists are tracing the causes of Diseases of the Nervous System. The spectrum ranges from Alzheimerís, Parkinsonís and Stroke to addiction diseases and eating disorders.
In order to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer diseases, scientists working in the disease area Cancer want to find out which alterations in the genetic material and in the control systems of the cells play a role in cancer diseases.
Experts in Genetic Epidemiology provide support for the scientists in the genome networks. Genetic Epidemiology is concerned with the spreading of diseases and their most important risk factors. Specialists from this field analyze the significance of genetic factors for the incidence and spread of certain diseases.