2014 News Feature: NHGRI convenes workshop on the future of genome sequencing program ...

National Human Genome Research Institute

National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

NHGRI convenes workshop on the future of genome sequencing program

By Steven Benowitz
Associate Director of Communications, Extramural Research Program
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Genome researchers, clinicians, computational biologists and others will meet to consider the possible size, scope and future opportunities for the National Human Genome Research Institute's (NHGRI) flagship Genome Sequencing Program (GSP) at a July 28 - 29 meeting in Bethesda, Md. The workshop, "Future Opportunities for Genome Sequencing and Beyond: A Planning Workshop for the National Human Genome Research Institute," will be webcast live at http://www.genome.gov/GenomeTVLive, starting at 8:30 a.m. Eastern on July 28.

With the help of the genomics research community, NHGRI has regularly evaluated the direction and organization of the GSP since the Human Genome Project was completed in 2003. This has helped to keep the GSP focused on ambitious and significant projects that push the boundaries of genome sequencing technology applications and develop important data resources for the biomedical research community.

Informed by the input received before the last program renewal (2012), the GSP was downsized by 20 percent and split into four major components: the Large-Scale Sequencing and Analysis Centers (LSAC) program; the Centers for Mendelian Genomics (CMG) program; the Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research (CSER) program; and the Genome Sequencing Informatics Tools (GS-IT) program.

Major achievements in the most recent GSP iteration include:
The central issues to be discussed at the workshop include:

For more information about the GSP, please go to http://www.genome.gov/sequencing. The meeting agenda can be found at: http://www.genome.gov/27558042. Follow the meeting on twitter at #GSPfuture.

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Posted: July 22, 2014