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.
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.
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has appointed Carolyn Hutter, Ph.D. the director of the Division of Genome Sciences - the NHGRI division that leads research aiming to understand the function of the human genome in health and disease, and seeks technologies that facilitate genomic discoveries. Dr. Hutter comes to the position with extensive experience leading large-scale genomics research programs.
NIH is holding a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) with Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D., and her research group, along with 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.
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.