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Director's Report-Related Documents: May 2015

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Harold Varmus Departs as NCI Director

Varmus Stepping Down as Director of NIH's National Cancer Institute
Douglas Lowy Named Acting Director of the National Cancer Institute

2 Jack Whitescarver Steps Down as Director, NIH Office of AIDS Research
3 New Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
4 New NIH Associate Director for Legislative Policy and Analysis
NIH Genomic Data in the Cloud Policy

NIH Statement: Use of Cloud Computing Services for Storage and Analysis of Controlled-Access Data Subject to the NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy PDF file
Input | Output Blog Post: The Cloud, dbGaP and the NIH

6 New NIH Web Portal on Rigor and Reproducibility
7 Battelle Report on NIH Innovation PDF file
NIH and NHGRI Appropriations

NHGRI Fiscal Year 2016 Congressional Justification
House NIH FY2016 Hearing
New Draft of 21st Century Cures Act
Video of Testimony and Witness Statements
Senate Hearing on Precision Medicine Initiative

9 Dan David Prize 2015 Future - Bioinformatics
10 Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
11 Elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
12 Executive VP for Medical Genomics and Chief Medical Genomics Officer, HudsonAlpha
13 New Chief Medical Officer, Invitae
14 New Joint Directors of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory - European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)
15 MIT Technology Review Breakthrough Technologies 2015
16 NHGRI Genome Advance of the Month
Genomics in The News

A Never-Ending Genetic Quest: Mary-Claire King's Pioneering Gene Work, From Breast Cancer to Human Rights
Eric Lander: Fix the Flaws in Forensic Science
Newt Gingrich: Double the N.I.H. Budget

Genomes in The News

Darwin's Finches
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
Hookworm (Ancylostoma ceylanicum)
Tibetan Plateau Frog
Large Yellow Croaker
Mountain Gorilla
Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum)
Liver Fluke (Fasciola hepatica)
Woolly Mammoth
European Buff-Tailed Bumblebee and North American Common Eastern Bumblebee

Genome Sequencing Program

Genome Sequencing Program Website
Genome Sequencing Program Coordinating Center RFA
Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program
Discovery of the Genetic Basis of Structural Birth Defects and of Childhood Cancers: Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program (X01) Funding Opportunity

20 1000 Genomes Project
The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Project Team Named as Finalist for Service to America Medal

Service to America Finalists
Washington Post Announcements
TCGA Project Website

Centers for Mendelian Genomics (CMG) Program

CMG Program Website
NHGRI CMG Program Website

Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research (CSER) Program

CSER Program Website
CSER Coordinating Center Website

ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements (ENCODE) Project

ENCODE Project Website
ENCODE Planning Workshop
ENCODE User's Meeting
ENCODE User's Meeting Registration
ENCODE Consortium Publications
ENCODE Community Publications

Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) Catalog

EBI GWAS Catalog Website
NHGRI GWAS Catalog Website

Electronic Medical Records & Genomics (eMERGE) Network

eMERGE Network Website
2015 Joint Summits on Translational Science

Clinical Genome Resource (ClinGen)

ClinGen Website
ClinGen Clinical Validity Classification System

28 Implementing Genomics in Practice (IGNITE) Network
Newborn Sequencing in Genomic Medicine and Public Health (NSIGHT)

NSIGHT Website
Children's Mercy Pediatrics Genomics Conference Newsroom Website

Genomic Medicine Working Group

Genomic Medicine Working Group Website
SJS/TEN Workshop Website

31 Genomics and Society Working Group
Centers of Excellence in ELSI Research (CEER)

ELSI Program Website
Centers of Excellence in ELSI Research (CEER) Website

Integrative Human Microbiome Project (iHMP)

iHMP Consortium Meeting Draft Agenda
IHMC Website
iHMP Website
HMP DACC Website
HMP Common Fund Page

Genotype-Tissue Expression Project (GTEx)

GTEx Portal
GTEx Program Website
GTEx Findings Reveal New Insights into How DNA Differences Influence Gene Activity, Disease Susceptibility

35 Human Heredity and Health in Africa Program (H3Africa)
Precision Medicine Initiative

NIH Precision Medicine Initiative Website
Apple Announces ResearchKit

Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics (ISCC)

ISCC Website
ISCC Meeting Webinar

Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act

Preserving Empolyee Wellness Programs Act (S.620/H.R.1189) PDF file
EEOC's Q and A on Proposed Employer Wellness Programs Regulation

NHGRI Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) Resources for the Research Community

IDE Resources Landing Page
IDE Resources Guide
IDE Case Studies PDF file


LabTV Website
LabTV Videos on

41 The NHGRI History of Genomics Program: An Archival and Scholarly Initiative
Genome: Unlocking Life's Code Exhibition

Big Data, Genomics, and Precision Medicine
The Tech Museum of Innovation Family Day
Exhibition Website
Exhibition Travel News Feature
Exhibition Travel Schedule
"What Do You Think?" Interactive
Human Identity Lesson Plan

National DNA Day

NHGRI DNA Day Website
Pinterest Challenge

Senator Cardin Applauds NHGRI's Bill Gahl

C-SPAN Video
"Federal Employees - They're Just Like Us!" Article

45 American Academy of Microbiology Fellow
NHGRI Intramural Research Highlights

Ostrander: "Homologous Mutation to Human BRAF V600E is Common in Naturally Occurring Canine Bladder Cancer-Evidence for a Relevant Model System and Urine-Based Diagnostic Test"
Ostrander: "Dogs May Help Researchers Sniff Out New Cancer Detection and Treatment Strategies"
Persky: "Mothers' Guilt Responses to Children's Obesity Risk Feedback"
Persky: "Genomic Knowledge is Power in the Fight Against Obesity"
Burgess: "Phenotype-Driven Chemical Screening in Zebrafish for Collective Cell Migration Inhibitors Identifies Multiple Potential Pathways for Targeting Metastasis"
Burgess: "Zebrafishing for a Weapon Against Metastatic Cancer"

The Genomics Landscape: A Monthly Update from the NHGRI Director

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Posted: May 17, 2015