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Laura Koehly, Ph.D., has been named chief of NHGRI's Social and Behavioral Research Branch (SBRB), which conducts research that will potentially transform healthcare through the integration of genomic medicine into the clinic. Her overarching goal for the branch is to build bridges across disciplines, including fields within the social and behavioral sciences and the biological and genomic sciences. SBRB research also includes a focus on disorders that have a major public health impact.
Healthcare professionals now have access to a variety of educational and clinical genomics resources thanks to a new partnership between the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, and several professional medical societies. The Genetics/Genomics Competency Center (G2C2) website has made available this free, online collection of more than 500 materials for use in the classroom and the clinic.
The human genetics community needs protocols that enable secure sharing of genomic data from participants in genetic research. A paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association compares three practical strategies to reduce the risk of re-identification - the process where anonymized personal genomic data can be matched with the true owner. The newest method uses advances in privacy technology based on cryptography, the mathematics of information.
NHGRI researchers and their collaborators have identified mutations in the TAF1 gene in clear cell endometrial cancer (CCEC) tumors, shedding light on the underlying genomic changes that are likely to be important in driving development of this rare but clinically aggressive form of endometrial cancer. The study was published May 9, 2017, in the journal Cancer.