The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will launch a redesigned version of its public website, genome.gov, the week of April 22, 2019. Whether using a desktop or mobile device, users will experience an entirely new look and feel and have more ways to find information about NHGRI's research, funding, and public outreach initiatives
Sarah Bates has been named the new chief of NHGRI's Communications and Public Liaison Branch (CPLB). Previously, as a public affairs specialist for the National Science Foundation (NSF), Bates led communications for the Engineering Directorate and the BRAIN Initiative, covering complex and sensitive topics such as gravitational waves, sexual harassment, and disaster relief. Through that work, she earned the NSF Director's Award for Excellence Pioneer. Through that work, she earned the NSF Director's Award for Excellence Pioneer.
NIH researchers have identified a treatment that significantly decreases the risk of stroke in children with a rare genetic disease called DADA2 (deficiency of adenosine deaminase type 2), which can ultimately hinder blood flow to the brain and result in strokes. The treatment works by blocking the inflammatory effects of a protein - tumor necrosis factor - that is over-produced in people with DADA2 and other autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases. Researchers published their findings in the April 18, 2019, issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.
NHGRI is planning a workshop focused on Genomics in Medicine and Health for September 2019. Submit your feedback on how to advance genomics in medicine and health by May 10, 2019. We will be selecting 12 of the most innovative and compelling ideas and offering travel to the workshop to participate in-person and share more about your idea. We want comments from all perspectives involved in genomic medicine and health including clinicians, patients and researchers.
NHGRI has partnered with the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) to create the Human Genetics Scholars Initiative, a multi-year program that will increase and support workforce diversity in the human genetics and genomics research community. The initiative will support up to 40 U.S. trainees and early career scientists from underrepresented backgrounds with mentoring programs, skill building, travel and professional support during a two-year, intensive program.