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Divisions of the National Human Genome Research Institute

Logo for NHGRIOn Oct. 1, 2012, NHGRI formally reorganized its institutional structure by dividing the institute's Extramural Research Program into four new divisions and promoting to division status the office overseeing policy, communications, and education, and the office overseeing administration and management.

NHGRI announced the reorganization during public meetings in January and February. The reorganization was approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on June 26 and was announced at the 66th meeting of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research on Sept. 10.

"This reorganization reflects the expanding scope of genomics research, as described in NHGRI's new strategic vision published in Nature last year," Dr. Green said. "The mission of the institute has dramatically evolved from the singular focus on the Human Genome Project, for which NHGRI was created, to pursuing an exciting and broad set of opportunities for using genomics to advance medical science and improve human health. NHGRI needs an organizational structure concordant with this expanded mission."

National Human Genome Research Institute Divisions
  • The Division of Genome Sciences
    Oversees basic genomics research and technology development, as well as major activities such as large-scale genome sequencing.

  • The Division of Genomic Medicine
    Will promote the institute's efforts to advance the application of genomics to medical science and clinical care. The institute's Office of Population Genomics will be subsumed into this division.

  • The Division of Genomics and Society
    Responsible for an expanded program related to the many societal issues relevant to genomics research, incorporating and extending the activities of the institute's Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) research program and working to integrate the many NHGRI-wide activities in these areas.

  • The Division of Extramural Operations
    Supervises grants management and scientific reviews, as well as other operational aspects of the institute's Extramural Research Program. .

  • Division of Policy, Communications, and Education
    Manages a wide range of activities from policy development and legislative affairs to media relations and educational outreach for students, healthcare professionals and members of the public at large.

  • Division of Management
    Oversees a wide range of institute activities, from financial management to administrative services to information technology.

  • Division of Intramural Research
    Conducts scientific studies in NHGRI's labs on and around the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. Founded in 1993, DIR comprises seven branches focused on specific areas of genomics research and includes roughly 50 investigators and hundreds of postdoctoral fellows and other trainees, as well as technical and scientific staff.

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Last Updated: October 9, 2012