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NIH study reveals how melanoma spreads

MelanomaNewly identified genes and genetic pathways in primary melanoma - a type of skin cancer - could give researchers new targets for developing new personalized treatments for melanoma, and potentially other cancers. Learning how the genes are expressed - turned on or off - could be used in the future to predict how and when the cancer cells will spread to other parts of the body and how fast they will grow. Read the study in the February 6, 2017, online issue of Pigment Cell and Melanoma Research

NIH-ACMG Fellowship in Genomics Medicine Program Management

Read moreThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) in partnership with the Americal College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) are seeking qualified physicians interested in acquiring credentials and experience to lead genomic medicine research and implementation programs at the NIH, major medical centers and other organizations. The goal of this fellowship is to increase the pool of physicians trained in managing research and implementation programs in genomic medicine.

NIH awards $55 million to build million-person precision medicine study

PMI Cohort Program Bethesda, Md., Thurs., July 7, 2016 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced two draft guidances to support President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative. The guidances will help provide oversight for tests based on next generation sequencing, a technology that examines a person's DNA to detect medically important differences in genomic make-up that could increase the risk for disease. 

The NIH Family Health History Tool Conference

My Family Health Portrait - A tool from the Surgeon General On June 14 and 15, 2016, NHGRI held the NIH Family Health History Tool Conference, also sponsored by the Genomic Healthcare Branch (GHB) and the Division of Policy, Communications, and Education (DPCE). The overarching goal is "To prepare the FHHT field to improve personal health by responding effectively to rapid changes in Family Health History (FHH) data uses, Health Information Technology (HIT) capabilities, and research opportunities."