Apply for NHGRI-ASHG's new education fellowship for genetics professionals

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Apply for NHGRI-ASHG's new education fellowship for genetics professionals

By John Daniels
Assistant Public Affairs Specialist
National Human Genome Research Institute and The American Society of Human Genetics
Realizing the benefits of genomics will require an educated public who can understand the implications of genomics for their health care and evaluate the relevant public policy issues, according to the National Human Genome Research Institute's (NHGRI) 2011 strategic plan.

To help cultivate an educated citizenry, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and NHGRI have teamed up to sponsor the new Genetics and Education Fellowship. Every year, one genetics professional will receive comprehensive training and experience to help prepare him or her for a career in genetics and genomics education.
The 16-month program is divided into three parts:
"There's a need to develop the next generation of leaders who can advance the public's genomics literacy," said Vence Bonham, J.D., chief of NHGRI's Education and Community Involvement Branch. "This fellowship will help cultivate those leaders."

The Genetics and Education Fellowship is modeled after the existing NHGRI/ASHG Genetics and Public Policy Fellowship, which seeks to cultivate a cadre of policy professionals with genomics backgrounds. The 16-month policy fellowship is also divided into three parts: Derek Scholes, Ph.D., chief of the Policy and Program Analysis Branch at NHGRI, and alumnus of the fellowship, says the fellowship helps opens doors.
"It gives you a range of experiences and allows you to build a network of contacts, all of which set you up for entering a policy-related career at the end of the fellowship," Dr. Scholes said.

Laura Lyman Rodriguez, Ph.D., director of the Division of Policy, Communications and Education at NHGRI, says that through these programs, fellows will help inform the public about the translation of genomics research into medical settings and the societal implications of this shift.

"By learning to work with policy makers and to educate and engage the general public about genomic issues and innovations, fellows in these two programs will contribute to important elements of our institute's mission," Dr. Rodriguez said.

Both programs will be accepting applications from February 4 through April 25, 2014.
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If you have questions regarding either fellowship, please contact:
For the Genetics and Education Fellowship:
Vence L. Bonham, Jr., J.D., Chief, Education and Community Involvement Branch, NHGRI,
Michael J. Dougherty, Ph.D., Director of Education, ASHG,

For the Genetics and Public Policy Fellowship:
Derek T. Scholes, Ph.D., Chief, Policy and Program Analysis Branch, NHGRI,
Joseph D. McInerney, M.A., M.S., Executive Vice President, ASHG,

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Last Updated: February 5, 2014