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October 12, 2018: NIH-supported projects remove major obstacles standing in the way of genomic medicine
Bethesda, Md., Fri., Oct. 12, 2018 - Programs supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are establishing which genes and genetic variants play a role in disease, setting the stage for their use in precision medicine and research. A special issue of Human Mutation, published on October 12, highlights the broad array of advances made by NIH's Clinical Genome Resource program (ClinGen) and ClinVar, a publically available database of gene variants.


September 24, 2018: NIH leaders call for a consensus on the use of race and ethnicity data in biomedical research
Bethesda, Md., Mon., September 24, 2018 - 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. Recognizing disparities experienced by racial and ethnic groups is important for public health, but how this information is reported can perpetuate the myth that race is a biological fact. Instead of throwing out the categories of race and ethnicity in biomedical research, National Institute of Health (NIH) leaders are calling for the biomedical community to develop a consensus on its appropriate use in research. NIH leaders called for the consensus in a commentary published September 24 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

September 24, 2018: The NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Network expands
Bethesda, Md., Mon., September 24, 2018 - The NIH Common Fund has expanded the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) from seven to 12 clinical sites, increasing the geographical distribution of the nationwide network and the number of people with access to a UDN clinical site. The new awards are part of the second phase of the project aimed at improving and accelerating the diagnosis of rare and undiagnosed conditions. The UDN has diagnosed more than 200 cases since opening to applications in 2015.


April 18, 2018: Annual National DNA Day lecture to honor Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter
Bethesda, Md., Wed., April 18, 2018 - For NHGRI's National DNA Day on April 25, Olivier Noel, Ph.D., founder and CEO of DNAsimple, will present "Bench to Bedside to Business: A Talk on Startups in Science" for the newly named Louise M. Slaughter National DNA Day lecture, which honors the late Congresswoman. The media and the public are invited to attend at the Lister Hill Center Auditorium on the NIH campus.

April 5, 2018: NIH completes in-depth genomic analysis of 33 cancer type
Bethesda, Md., Thur., April 5, 2018 - Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have completed a detailed analysis on over 10,000 tumors from 33 forms of cancer from a dataset containing molecular and clinical information. Known as the Pan-Cancer Atlas, and published as a collection of 27 papers across a suite of Cell journals, this analysis empowers cancer clinicians and researchers through a comprehensive understanding of how, where and why tumors arise in humans.


March 16, 2018: Remembering a genomics champion, Rep. Louise Slaughter
Bethesda, Md., Thur., March 16, 2018 - Today, Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-N.Y.), author of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), passed away at the age of 88. Rep. Slaughter was a strong advocate for genomics research, and her work on GINA helped create protections against genetic discrimination in employment and health insurance.

March 1, 2018: NIH pilot project will match researchers to genes, gene variants of interest
Bethesda, Md., Thur., March 1, 2018 - The National Institutes of Health and Inova have launched a new match-making service between genes and gene variants and the researchers who study them. The Genomic Ascertainment Cohort (TGAC) project will be based in the Washington, D.C., area so that researchers can recall genotyped participants to examine the genes and gene variants that influence their phenotype.


February 12, 2018: Developing a 2020 vision for genomics: NHGRI launches new round of strategic planning
Bethesda, Md., Mon., February 12, 2018 - The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) today launched a new round of strategic planning that will establish a 2020 vision for genomics research aimed at accelerating scientific and medical breakthroughs. In developing the strategic plan, the institute will engage experts and diverse public communities to identify paradigm-shifting areas of genomics that will expand the field into new frontiers and enable novel applications to human health and disease.

February 1, 2018: The Human Genome Project is awarded the Thai 2017 Prince Mahidol Award for the field of medicine
Bethesda, Md., Thur., February 1, 2018 - The Human Genome Project has been awarded the 2017 Prince Mahidol Award for ground-breaking advances in the field of medicine. The award will be received on behalf of the project by Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the institute responsible for leading NIH's effort in the project.


January 23, 2018: NIH to host a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" on the ethical, legal and social implications of genomics research
Bethesda, Md., Thur., January 23, 2018 - On Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, the National Institutes of Health will hold a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) with experts from NHGRI's Ethical, Legal and Social Implications research program to discuss a variety of topics ranging from how diverse communities receive equitably the benefit of genomics, or how your genome can be used to discriminate against you and the protections to ensure that doesn't happen. The media and the public are invited. A link to submit questions will be available at 8 a.m., Jan. 29th.

January 11, 2018: NIH to host a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" with CRISPR scientist, Dr. Jennifer Doudna
Bethesda, Md., Thur., January 11, 2018 - NIH is holding a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) with Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D., and her research group, along with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Centers for Excellence in Genomic Science (CEGS) program directors. They will answer questions about her research, her new center, and the CEGS program. Members of the media and public are invited to ask questions, or follow along with the conversation during the Reddit AMA.

Last Updated: September 24, 2018

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