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Scientists create a new "roadmap" for the human epigenome

February's Genome Advance of the Month is about the Roadmap Epigenomics Project and its aim to catalog the epigenome of different human cell types. The epigenome consists of chemical compounds that modify the genome and tell it what to do. The project, which published its initial findings in the February 18 issue of Nature, hopes to increase our understanding of how the epigenome contributes to health as well as disease. Read more

Posted: March 30, 2015  

Lab TV

LabTV reveals The Human Faces of Medical Research

Young NHGRI investigators and post-docs share their early interest in science, their journey to the lab and what excites them about their work in a new video series called The Human Faces of Medical Research. LabTV, which produced the series with NIH, hopes the videos will encourage young people to pursue careers in science. Read more

Posted: March 24, 2015  

Globe with genomic data circling around

NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy Issued

NIH has issued a position statement on the use of public or private cloud systems for storing and analyzing controlled-access genomic data under the NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy.

Read the Position Statement

Posted: March 24, 2015  

2015 DNA Day Pinterest Challenge

Take the Pinterest Challenge!

Calling all K-12 teachers and students: Celebrate National DNA Day 2015 by creating a Pinterest board with images and links to genomic resources for the classroom! All participants will receive hands-on educational resources. NHGRI staff will choose the top boards to feature on the Genome: Unlocking Life's Code website and Pinterest board. See: The 2015 DNA Day Pinterest Challenge for K-12 Teachers and Students

Posted: March 23, 2015  

Video now available
Micrograph

Research Directions in Genetically-Mediated Stevens-Johnson Syndrome/Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis

On March 3-4, 2014, NHGRI sponsored Research Directions in Genetically-Mediated Stevens-Johnson Syndrome/Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (SJS/TEN). The workshop reviewed current knowledge of the surveillance, pathogenesis and treatment of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome/Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis and identified priorities for future research. Video and slide presentations are now available.
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Posted: March 13, 2015  

ENCODE

From Genome Function to Biomedical Insight: ENCODE and Beyond

On March 10-11, 2015, NHGRI sponsored the workshop - From Genome Function to Biomedical Insight: ENCODE and Beyond - at the Natcher Conference Center on the NIH main campus. The workshop discussed scientific questions and opportunities to better understand genome function, and considered options for future NHGRI projects that would address these questions and opportunities. Video for this event will be available soon.
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Posted: March 09, 2015  

Fellowship group photo

NHGRI & ASHG seek fellowship applicants

NHGRI and the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) are now accepting applications for the 2015 Genetics & Public Policy Fellowship and the 2015 Genetics & Education Fellowship. The application period is open for both fellowships until April 24, 2015.
The Genetics & Education Fellowship
The Genetics & Public Policy Fellowship

Posted: March 06, 2015  

The Genomics Landscape
NHGRI Director Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D.

Genomics in Africa

In this month's The Genomics Landscape, I discuss the importance of supporting genomics research in Africa and describe NHGRI's involvement in some relevant research programs. Other topics include recent publications from eMERGE, NHGRI's policy and education fellowships and a request for information from the National Library of Medicine. Read more

Posted: March 03, 2015  

Genome Advance of the Month
CRISPR-Cas9 editing of the genome

CRISPR-Cas9 probes the inner workings of the genome in real time

January's Genome Advance of the Month describes two studies, published in Nature and Nature Biotechnology, which examine the ways researchers are using CRISPR-Cas9, a new tool that studies the genome by changing specific genes or groups of genes.
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Posted: February 27, 2015  

Rare Disease Day February 28 2015

February 28th is Rare Disease Day

On Friday, Feb. 27, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will celebrate the 8th annual Rare Disease Day with a day-long celebration and recognition of various rare disease research activities. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. at Masur Auditorium (Clinical Center Building 10). Attendance is free and open to the public.
For more about Rare Disease Day at NIH, go to NIH Rare Disease Day
For more about Rare Disease Day 2015, go to Rare Disease Day

Posted: February 25, 2015   |  Comments (0)

Dr. Melissa Harris and Dr. Steve Parker

NHGRI assists new investigators with Pathway to Independence

The National Institutes of Health supports the rising careers of talented investigators through the Pathway to Independence (PI) award, also called the K99/R00 grant. In 2014, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) hosted two PI awardees and supported 18 additional investigators at institutions nationwide. Read more

Posted: February 23, 2015  

A health professional looking at a monitor with genomic data and a patient

Papers from eMERGE highlight large-scale genomics research

Almost 20 papers published in 2014 highlight research on the use of DNA biorepositories and electronic medical records to understand the genomics of disease. The papers appeared in Frontiers in Genetics and were co-authored by the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network, supported by NHGRI. Read more

Posted: February 23, 2015  

Scale

Genome regions linked to BMI and fat distribution

Researchers have linked new regions of the human genome to body mass index (BMI) and fat distribution, according to two studies published in Nature. NHGRI researchers and PAGE Consortium scientists supported by NHGRI contributed to studies that may lead to more effective therapeutic targets.
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New genetic loci link adipose and insulin biology to body fat distribution
Genetic studies of body mass index yield new insights for obesity biology

Posted: February 13, 2015   |  Comments (0)

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Trans-NIH Workshop to Explore the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of Citizen Science

On January 13-14, NHGRI's ELSI research program convened a meeting to identify the ELSI challenges raised by "Citizen Science" in the context of biomedical research, and discover ways the National Institutes of Health (NIH) can address these ELSI issues. Citizen Science is an approach to research that involves the public directly in the research process. View agenda and videos


Posted: February 11, 2015   |  Comments (0)

Council members

Advisory Council to meet in open session

The seventy-third National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research will meet in open session Monday, February 9, 2015, at Fishers Lane Conference Center. The Genome Sequencing Program, Centers of Excellence in ELSI Research, and women and minorities in NHGRI-supported research will be discussed. Read the agenda


Posted: February 09, 2015   |  Comments (0)

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Informed consent resource updated

Informed consent is the basic and primary tool used by investigators to communicate with potential study participants and to ensure that research purpose, risks or other implications are understood. NHGRI's online Informed Consent Resource (ICR) has helped thousands of researchers navigate the informed consent process. Now, the ICR has been updated to keep pace with advances in genomics over the past several years. Read more

Posted: February 04, 2015  

The Genomics Landscape
NHGRI Director Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D.

President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative

February's The Genomics Landscape is later than usual for a good reason! I was in the White House East Room with a number of other NHGRI and NIH colleagues to hear President Obama announce the Precision Medicine Initiative. I'm honored to be part of the extensive planning leading to last week's unveiling, and it will be gratifying to have NHGRI involved in making this important initiative a reality. Read more

Posted: February 04, 2015  

Genome Advance of the Month
Blood cells and genomic data

Researchers detect cancer precursors in blood DNA before disease develops

Genome Advance of the Month highlights a research team, led by Giulio Genovese, Ph.D., of the Broad Institute at MIT and Harvard in Boston, focusing on the precursors for blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. In 2014, blood cancer accounted for approximately 9.4 percent of the estimated 1,665,540 new cancer cases diagnosed across the country.
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Posted: February 03, 2015  

Computer-generated human body with lungs highlighted

White House announces Precision Medicine Initiative

President Obama just unveiled the Precision Medicine Initiative, an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person. The National Institutes of Health will help generate the scientific evidence needed to move the concept of precision medicine into every day clinical practice. Read more

Posted: January 30, 2015  

Stephen J. Chanock

The 2015 Jeffrey Trent Lecture: The Complexity of Genetic Susceptibility to Cancer

The National Human Genome Research Institute's Division of Intramural Research will present the 11th Jeffrey M. Trent Lecture in Cancer Research at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at the Masur Auditorium, Building 10 (Clinical Center), on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bethesda campus. Stephen J. Chanock, M.D., director of the National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, part of NIH, will deliver the lecture on the genetic susceptibility to cancer. Read more

Posted: January 26, 2015  

Genome Unlocking Life's Code

Genome exhibition travels to The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California

Following a four-month engagement at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, the high-impact, interactive exhibition, Genome: Unlocking Life's Code, is making its second stop in California. The exhibition will open at The Tech Museum of Innovation, in San Jose, on Jan. 22, 2015, where the public will be able to visit it through April 27, 2015. Read more

Posted: January 16, 2015  

Carla Easter

Carla Easter to lead NHGRI Education and Community Involvement Branch

Carla Easter, Ph.D., a biologist and science educator, has been named chief of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Education and Community Involvement Branch (ECIB). The branch is a part of NHGRI's Division of Policy, Communication and Education (DPCE). She will lead the division's program of genomics education and outreach activities that engage a variety of communities, from pre-college students, to teachers to members of the general public. Read more

Posted: January 14, 2015  

Event information

Trans-NIH Workshop to Explore the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of Citizen Science

On January 13-14, NHGRI's ELSI research program convened a meeting to identify the ELSI challenges raised by "Citizen Science" in the context of biomedical research, and discover ways the National Institutes of Health (NIH) can address these ELSI issues.
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Posted: January 09, 2015   |  Comments (0)

The Genomics Landscape

The Next Phase: NHGRI's Genome Sequencing Program

Large-scale genome sequencing has been a central component of NHGRI's Extramural Research Program since the NHGRI's inception, starting with the Human Genome Project. In this month's The Genomics Landscape, I describe the next phase of NHGRI's Genome Sequencing Program and highlight additional items that I hope will be of interest to you.
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Posted: January 06, 2015  

Scientists looking at dog bones and thinking about dogs

NHGRI/Smithsonian collaboration to sequence North America's oldest dog relics

When Smithsonian archeologist Dr. Daniel Stanford attended a talk on canine (dog) genomics by NHGRI's Dr. Elaine Ostrander, he realized the potential of his collection of ancient dog bones to canine genome research. With new sequencing tools and techniques now available - and the complete sequence of the dog genome - both hope to unlock the secrets of this ancient dog DNA, perhaps the oldest in North America. Read more

Posted: January 05, 2015  

Kareena with her mom

California girl's NIH visit includes happy excursions around the nation's capital

In mid-December, Kareena Hijjawi and her mother flew to the National Institutes of Health for a series of important clinical consultations with the NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program (UDP). But before the week was out, Kareena would be flocked by a group of dancing ballerinas, dazzled by the opulence of this year's the White House holiday tour, and even get a chance to pet the Obama family dogs, Sunny and Bo. Read more

Posted: December 22, 2014  

Genome Advance of the Month
A centenarian

Researchers examine supercentenarians' genomes for longevity key

In 2012, an American's average lifespan was nearly 79 years. By comparison, supercentenerians live to 110 years old or more - a life span far exceeding the rest of the population. A recent study led by Dr. Hinco J. Gierman at Stanford University sought genetic explanations for supercentenarians' longer life-span. Genome Advance of the Month highlights this research. Read more

Posted: December 22, 2014  

Illustration of a bear family in winter

This holiday season, resolve to learn about your family health history

Family gatherings at the holidays are the perfect time to learn more about your family's health history. A few thoughtful questions can go a long way to revealing how you can work to prevent future disease and improve your health. Read more

Posted: December 15, 2014  

The Genomics Landscape

NHGRI and Social Media

In this month's Genomics Landscape, Dr. Green describes NHGRI's use of social media to spread messages about the institute and genomics. He also highlights an event for military families at the Genome: Unlocking Life's Code exhibition in San Diego; recent publications from the Mouse ENCODE Project; and the new chief of NHGRI's Genomic Healthcare Branch.
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Posted: December 02, 2014   |  Comments (0)

Robert Wildin

Robert Wildin, M.D., joins NHGRI as chief of the Genomic Healthcare Branch

On November 10, Robert Wildin, M.D., a clinical geneticist with nearly three decades of experience in private and hospital-based medical practice, joined NHGRI as chief of the Genomic Healthcare Branch (GHB). As GHB chief, Dr. Wildin will provide leadership in promoting the integration of genomic discoveries into clinical and public health practice. Read more

Posted: December 01, 2014   |  Comments (0)

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