A new brochure from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), spotlights the Institute's past, present and future roles in the field of genomics. In the Director's Message, NHGRI Director Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., frames the field as "one of the most vibrant, compelling and relevant scientific disciplines of the 21st century."
The document traces NHGRI's history from serving as the leader of the U.S. component of the Human Genome Project to its current focus on advancing human health through genomics research. It highlights many of NHGRI's research priorities, which include understanding how the human genome works; establishing the role of genomic variants in health and disease; using genomic information to advance medical care and human health; and addressing the societal impact of genomic advances.
The brochure also discusses a range of other issues, including the impact of genomic research on society and the associated policy issues; the need for improving the public's understanding of genomics and for training future genomic scientists and clinicians. In addition, it highlights the importance of addressing health disparities through genomics research and the intersection of big data in genomics with broader NIH programs, such as the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) effort and the Precision Medicine Initiative.
The brochure's final section, "Future Horizons," focuses on NHGRI's "fundamental and core belief that genomics offers great promise and hope for improving the human condition" roughly 25 years after the start of the Human Genome Project.
Last Updated: July 23, 2015