The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) wants to ensure that ALL populations are knowledgeable about the science underpinning the Human Genome Project (HGP) and genomic research, and have the opportunity to participate in various ways, such as becoming research scientists, research participants and policy makers. The HGP, perhaps the greatest scientific endeavor of the 21st century, has changed the way medicine is practiced and how research is conducted in the future. It is important for everyone to be informed about continuing genomic research and to understand the ethical, legal and social implications resulting from genetics and genomics research.
In May 2001, the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research approved the Action Plan which outlines clear goals for the inclusion of underrepresented minority groups in research training, research collaborations, and education and outreach activities supported by all components of the institute. This document serves as the blueprint for NHGRI's implementation plan.
Last Updated: February 3, 2017