Skip Navigation

The National Human Genome Research Institute conducts genetic and genomic research, funds genetic and genomic research and promotes that research to advance genomics in health care.


Dr. Dayna Dreger

Smithsonian's HOT Topic features NHGRI's Dayna Dreger for National DNA Day

On Friday, April 28th, Dr. Dayna Dreger, a senior postdoctoral fellow in NHGRI's Division of Intramural Research, will lead an informal discussion about how human migration and culture are reflected by dog breed development. An event that continues our celebrations for National DNA Day, it's free and open to the public starting at 4:00 p.m. at One Species Theater, Hall of Human Origins, National Museum of Natural History.

Dr. Louisa Stark at GLEE meeting

NHGRI hosts vision meeting to advance genomic literacy for the public

Genomic advances are leading rapidly to exciting opportunities to use genomic information in medical care and aspects of everyday life. But there is a widening gap between the pace of genomic advances and the genomic literacy of the public. To address the gap, NHGRI hosted speakers from the fields of education, research and healthcare to propose genomic literacy for three target audiences: K-16 students, the general public and healthcare providers and to launch the Genomic Literacy, Education, and Engagement (GLEE) Initiative.

Students participating in DNA Day activities

Happy DNA Day! Celebrate with NHGRI resources

The National Human Genome Research Institute celebrates its 15th annual National DNA Day by organizing a nationwide network of educational events for students, teachers, health professionals and the general public. Celebrated on April 25th every year, National DNA Day aims to educate people about important scientific advances in genomics and how those advances may impact their lives. National DNA Day commemorates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA's double helix in 1953.

Child with ADHD

Researchers begin to understand ADHD genes with help from affected families

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is highly heritable, but researchers don't know very much about it. Read about the experience of someone participating in a National Institutes of Health clinical trial that is focused on finding the contributing genes. After National Human Genome Research Institute researchers identify the genes, they can begin to look for new medications, new behavioral interventions or new combinations of both.

Health professionals review online  genomics resources during the 2016 short course for nurses, physician assistants and faculty

Health professionals "Short Course" seeks applicants

The NHGRI Short Course in Genomics: Nurse, Physician Assistant and Faculty Track, will hold its annual course given by leaders in genomics education and practice from August 8-11, 2017 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The course is targeted to health professionals and the faculty who educate them. In addition to lectures and panel discussions, the course includes interactive sessions with course participants and presenters. Apply now! Submission deadline: May 10, 2017, 5 p.m. Eastern