Genomic Healthcare Branch
The Genomic Healthcare Branch (GHB) of the Division of Policy, Communication, and Education at the National Human Genome Research Institute was created to promote the effective integration of genomic discoveries into healthcare. The GHB works closely with other parts of the NHGRI, especially with other the other division branches, to accomplish its work.
GHB activities are diverse but may be grouped into four broad areas:
- Developing priorities for translational genomic research at the NHGRI and beyond.
- Promoting the development and evaluation of tools that enable healthcare providers to take more effective advantage of advances in genomics.
- Promoting genetics literacy among the full spectrum of healthcare providers and their patients.
- Serving as a liaison between the healthcare community and the NHGRI, and encouraging dialogue with healthcare providers and organizations with an interest in the role of emerging genomic technologies in reshaping healthcare.
Recent Research and Publications
The Genome Gets Personal - Almost [jama.ama-assn.org]
W. Gregory Feero, Ph.D.; Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D.; Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., JAMA, 299(11):1351-1352. 2008.
- Randomized comparison of phone versus in-person
BRCA1/2 predisposition genetic test result
Jenkins, et al. Genetics in Medicine, 9(8):487-95. 2007.
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Last Updated: November 26, 2012