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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.

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Reddit AMA: Genomics and Diversity participants

NHGRI talks diversity in genomics research for Reddit

After recently publishing a perspective in Nature Reviews Genetics describing the challenges to achieving diversity in genomics research, NHGRI leadership held a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) on December 1 to discuss the variety of ways in which participant diversity can expand the translation of research findings and the steps they're taking to ensure all populations are included. Here we recap the discussion and point you to the full discussion on Reddit.

NHGRI Director Eric Green

A Responsible Approach to Genomics Research: Investing in Diversity

This month's The Genomic Landscape discusses recent studies that reveal knowledge gaps in the understanding of how the genome varies from person to person and population to population; a new educational genomics toolkit for physicians; electronic medical records and genomics; and NHGRI's Dr. Leslie Biesecker's election as the 2019 president for ASHG.

Prioritizing diversity in human genomics research

Precision medicine is a revolutionary approach to healthcare that takes into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment - and especially our genomes. However, a recent paper suggested that some people are being left behind. NHGRI recently published a perspective that lays out the challenges to achieving diversity in genomics research and what we are doing to help. Check out the new Nature Review Genetics publication that appeared online (ahead of print) on November 20.

Medical professionals

Genomics handbook provides customized education for physicians

A new educational resource is now available to help educators improve genomic literacy among physicians. Funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), The Universal Genomics Instructor Handbook and Toolkit provides materials and guidance for educators implementing introductory training in genomic medicine.

Leslie Biesecker

Dr. Leslie Biesecker selected as 2019 president of ASHG

American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) members have selected Leslie G. Biesecker, M.D., a clinical and molecular geneticist and long-time investigator with NHGRI, as their new president-elect. In 2019, Dr. Biesecker will become president of ASHG, a professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide. He will serve in his personal capacity. Dr. Biesecker is the senior investigator and chief of NHGRI's Medical Genomics and Metabolic Genetics Branch.