H3Africa Initiative Publishes Marker Paper
The Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Initiative, an NIH Common Fund project co-led by NHGRI, recently published a 'marker' paper describing its plans for facilitating the development of genomics research in Africa. The project's efforts will support the development of contemporary research approaches to the study of genomics and environmental determinants of common diseases, with the goal of improving the health of African populations. To learn more about H3Africa, see h3africa.org. To access the paper, "Research Capacity: Enabling the Genomic Revolution in Africa," see ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24948725.
Brooklyn Community Celebrates Henrietta Lacks
In mid-May, NHGRI partnered with the Brooklyn Public Library and the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture to honor the legacy of Henrietta Lacks at a community-based event, "We Speak Your Name: Exploring the Life of Henrietta Lacks 'Heroine of Modern Science & Medicine.'" Students, educators, and audience members representing diverse cultures and socioeconomic demographics met at the library to examine important questions in ancestry, genomics, and culture, and to explore issues of race, class, gender, and bioethics through the story of Mrs. Lacks. Members of the Lacks family were present as the community honored Mrs. Lacks and publicly recognized her life and tremendous contributions to science and medicine. For more information, see genome.gov/27558032.
Symposium Held to Explore Native Communities' Perspectives on Genomics
In late June, NHGRI joined the National Congress of American Indians and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) to co-host a symposium entitled "A Spectrum of Perspectives: Native Peoples and Genetic Research" at NMAI in Washington, D.C. At the symposium, there were thoughtful discussions about Native health, genomics and ancestry, training for Native researchers, and the ethics of Native blood collection and usage. Speakers represented numerous tribes from across the continent. For more information, see genome.gov/27558499.
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Last Updated: August 27, 2014
Posted: August 4, 2008