The National Academy of Medicine welcomed two NHGRI senior investigators, William A. Gahl, M.D., Ph.D., and Charles N. Rotimi, Ph.D. Recognized as one of the highest honors scientists can receive, members elect new recruits based on their accomplishments in advancing medical science. As a medical geneticist, Dr. Gahl focuses on rare metabolic disorders and the discovery of new genomic diseases. Dr. Rotimi probes the genomic causes of disease and health disparities in a cultural context.
NIH's Clinical Genome Resource (ClinGen) and ClinVar programs are addressing a major barrier to incorporating genomic medicine into healthcare, which is a lack of evidence about the relationship between gene variants and diseases. A special issue of Human Mutation, published on Oct. 12, highlights the broad array of advances made through these programs, which work in concert to advance knowledge connecting human genomic variation to human health.
In the October issue of The Genomics Landscape,, NHGRI Director Dr. Eric Green highlights the Partnership for Public Service honoring Dr. Dan Kastner as the Federal Employee of the Year. Other topics include: the new Omics Nursing & Science Education Network (ONSEN) web-based resource, the new ASHG-NHGRI Genomics & Public Policy and Genetics Education & Engaement fellows, and the retirement of Human Micorbiome Project leader, Dr. Lita Proctor.
Charles Rotimi, Ph.D., director of NHGRI's Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health, has been named one of the Quartz Africa Innovators of 2018. Each year, this news editorial features 30 African leaders making an impact on their communities, countries and ultimately the continent. Dr. Rotimi was recognized for his work in understanding the information coded in our DNA to shed light on human migration history within and outside of Africa.
The use of racial and ethnic categories in biomedical research is part of a complex and sometimes contentious conversation about how science and society talk about human variation. In a commentary published September 24 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, NIH leaders have called on the scientific community to develop and adopt consensus practices for the use of race, ethnicity, social determinants of health, and ancestry data in study design, interpretation of results, publications and medical care.