Skip Navigation
NIH

News Features from the Division of Policy, Communication and Education

2017 

New policy to protect research participants of NIH-funded research

Combination lock with the letters A-T-C-G

The 21st Century Cures Act, enacted December 13, 2016, strengthened privacy protections for research participants. Now, a new policy specifically requires additional protections for sensitive information collected from participants as part of federally-funded research. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently put forth this new policy requiring all NIH-funded investigators conducting sensitive, health-related human subjects research be issued Certificates of Confidentiality instead of by researcher request.

 

NIH seeks comment on proposal to update data management of genomic summary results

Scientific Data Management

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a notice in its Guide to Grants and Contracts seeking public comment on a proposed update to the data management of genomic summary results under the NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy. The proposed update to the data management practices would help support NIH's goals to promote scientific advances and protect research participants' privacy interests by allowing genomic summary results to be provided via a public, rapid-access model.

 

G2C2 expands genomic resources for health professionals

Healthcare professionals discuss information related to a patient

Healthcare professionals now have access to a variety of educational and clinical genomics resources thanks to a new partnership between the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, and several professional medical societies. The Genetics/Genomics Competency Center (G2C2) website has made available this free, online collection of more than 500 materials for use in the classroom and the clinic. 

 

NHGRI-ASHG fellowships fulfill critical need in science policy and education

Teresa Ramirez and Christa WagnerFor several years, NHGRI and the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) have provided a pathway for scientists who want to pursue careers in science policy or education. The Genetics and Public Policy Fellowship and the Genetics and Education Fellowship offer effective experiences in the public, private and non-profit arenas to those with graduate education in genetics. These fellowships help build the skills required to inform science policy and education. Our 2016-2017 fellows share what they've accomplished.

 
2016


Happy Thanksgiving! Collect and act on your family health history

Family at Thanksgiving DinnerAs you celebrate Thanksgiving with your family, remember that this special day is also National Family Health History Day, a day that can be important to the health of you and your family. Collecting your family health history can help you detect unique disease risks, manage them before becoming sick, and aid in treatment and diagnosis if you do become sick. 

 

National DNA Day: Improving genomic literacy on a national scale

DNA Day logoThe National Human Genome Research Institute will mark its fourteenth annual National DNA Day by organizing a nationwide network of educational events for students, teachers and health professionals. Celebrated on April 25th every year, National DNA Day aims to educate people about important scientific advances in genomics and how those advances may impact their lives. National DNA Day commemorates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA's double helix in 1953. 

2015

Cristina Kapustij joins NHGRI as policy chief

Read moreCristina Kapustij, M.S., has been named chief of the Policy and Program Analysis Branch (PPAB) at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). In her new role, she will oversee policy activities and evaluation as well as program reporting and assessment to support institute priorities. PPAB is a part of the Division of Policy, Communications and Education, whose mission is to promote the understanding and application of genomic knowledge to advance human health and society. 

 

NHGRI welcomes 2015 ASHG/NHGRI education and public policy fellows

Read moreThis fall, Cari Young, Sc.M., and Julie Nadel, Ph.D., will join the National Human Genome Research Institute as American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)/National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) education and public policy fellows. Ms. Young will spend time working with NHGRI's Policy and Program Analysis Branch, while Dr. Nadel will direct her talents to the Education and Community Involvement Branch. Both credit their high school biology classes with inspiring the direction of their careers. 

 

LabTV reveals The Human Faces of Medical Research

LabTVYoung NHGRI investigators and post-docs share their early interest in science, their journey to the lab and what excites them about their work in a new video series called The Human Faces of Medical Research. LabTV, which produced the series with NIH, hopes the videos will encourage young people to pursue careers in science.

 

NHGRI updates online resource on informed consent for genomics research

peopleInformed consent is the basic and primary tool through which investigators communicate with each potential study participant and is vital to ensuring that the research purpose, any risks and possible benefits, or other implications of participation are understood. NHGRI's online Informed Consent Resource has helped thousands of researchers navigate the informed consent process since 2009. Now, the ICR has been updated to keep pace with advances in genomics over the past several years.

 

Genome exhibition travels to The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California

Read moreFollowing a four-month engagement at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, the high-impact interactive exhibition, Genome: Unlocking Life's Code, is making its second stop in California. The exhibition will open at The Tech Museum of Innovation, in San Jose, on Jan. 22, 2015, where the public will be able to visit it through April 27, 2015. 

 

 

Carla Easter to lead NHGRI Education and Community Involvement Branch

Read moreCarla Easter, Ph.D., a biologist and science educator, has been named chief of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Education and Community Involvement Branch (ECIB). The branch is a part of NHGRI's Division of Policy, Communication and Education (DPCE). She will lead the division's program of genomics education and outreach activities that engage a variety of communities, from pre-college students, to teachers to members of the general public. 

 

2014

This holiday season, resolve to learn about your family health history

Read moreFamily gatherings at the holidays are the perfect time to learn more about your family's health history. A few thoughtful questions can go a long way to revealing how you can work to prevent future disease and improve your health. 

 

 

Robert Wildin, M.D., joins NHGRI as chief of the Genomic Healthcare Branch

Read moreOn November 10, Robert Wildin, M.D., a clinical geneticist with nearly three decades of experience in private and hospital-based medical practice, joined NHGRI as chief of the Genomic Healthcare Branch (GHB). As GHB chief, Dr. Wildin will provide leadership in promoting the integration of genomic discoveries into clinical and public health practice. 

 

 

Closing symposium features genomics, global health and the future

Read moreFans of Genome: Unlocking Life's Code, an exhibition created by the NHGRI and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, assembled at NMNH's Baird Auditorium on Sept. 30, for a celebratory symposium, Genomics and Global Health: What does the Future Hold? The symposium was the closing event for the exhibition and also hailed the exhibition's opening at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, the first in a series of museums the exhibition is scheduled to visit. 

 

Read moreElizabeth Tuck, M.A. and Katherine Blizinsky, Ph.D., will begin their fellowships - sponsored by NHGRI and the American Society of Human Genetics - in September 2014. Ms. Tuck starts her fellowship in the new Genetics and Education Fellowship program, while Dr. Blizinsky starts hers in the Genetics and Public Policy Fellowship program. 

 

NHGRI, National Congress of American Indians, and the National Museum of the American Indian convene discussion on Native peoples and genetics

Read moreThe National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) convened a one-day symposium on June 23, 2014, to explore perspectives surrounding Native peoples and genomics research. "A Spectrum of Perspectives: Native Peoples and Genetic Research" was organized in association with the exhibition Genome: Unlocking Life's Code, currently on view at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. 

 

 

We Speak Your Name: Brooklyn community celebrates Henrietta Lacks

Read moreThe world owes much to Henrietta Lacks, the African-American woman whose cells were removed during a biopsy in 1951 and used for research without her knowledge or approval. Mrs. Lacks died at the age of 31, a few months after her diagnosis of cervical cancer. She would never know that more than six decades later, her cells would continue to grow and provide a foundation for advancements in biomedical research. 

 

 

Genomic educational resources for physicians added to G2C2 website

Read moreSince 2010, the Genetics/Genomics Competency Center (G2C2) has assembled educational materials for genetic counselors, nurses, pharmacists and physicians assistants. Now, through the efforts of the Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics (ISCC), the G2C2 resource has been expanded to include a new collection of resources for physicians. 

 

 

 

High school students get crash course on careers in genomics from NHGRI researchers

Read moreOn May 2, 2014, NHGRI researchers shared their career paths with 60 Brooklyn-area high school students at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, N.Y. Six high schools attended the day-long event Celebrating Genomics Careers for the Twenty-first Century.

 

 

Science lovers flock to NHGRI booth at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

Read moreThe USA Science & Engineering Festival attracts thousands of families, school groups and science geeks to learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The third Festival, held April 26-27, 2014, attracted a crowd of 325,000 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., 2,000 of which visited the NHGRI booth. 

 

 

Read moreRachel Gleyzer, a tenth grade student at Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, N.J., took first place this year in the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) ninth annual DNA Day Essay Contest. Her essay explored the role genetics and the environment play in absolute pitch (AP), a person's ability to accurately and instantly identify a musical tone's pitch. 

 

 

Lectures on the genomics of neurology and psychiatry begin this spring

Read moreClinical applications of genomics in neurology and psychiatry will be the focus of an upcoming lecture series sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) in collaboration with Suburban Hospital and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The first lecture, Genetics and Genomics of Craniosynostosis Syndromes, is set for Fri., Mar. 7, 2014, from 8-9 a.m. 

 

 

 

Apply for NHGRI-ASHG's new education fellowship for genetics professionals

Read moreTo help cultivate an educated citizenry, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and NHGRI have teamed up to sponsor the new Genetics and Education Fellowship. Every year, one genetics professional will receive comprehensive training and experience to help prepare him or her for a career in genetics and genomics education. 

 

 

Genomic educational resources for pharmacists added to G2C2 website

Pharmacy symbolThe Genetics/Genomics Competency Center (G2C2), a free, online collection of materials for self-directed learning in genetics and genomics, now includes a new section on pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics. Geared specifically toward health care educators and practitioners, G2C2 was created in 2010 by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health. 

 


2013
Sequencing technician and a monitorFor the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared a next-generation sequencer for use in clinical laboratories, advancing the use of genomic medicine in routine medical care. FDA announced the regulatory clearance on Nov. 19, 2013, authorizing the clinical use of Illumnia MiSeq DX, a sequencing machine that traces its roots by to research projects funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), but which previously has only been used for research.  
 

Students explore the natural world during DNA Day activities

Group photoStudents visited the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) to learn directly from scientists about DNA and how it relates to the natural world. Three hundred middle and high school students spent April 19, 2013, celebrating National DNA Day at the museum. Find out what they discovered. 

 

 

Researchers explore genomic data privacy and risk

George Church (left) and Isaac KohaneGenomic researchers routinely analyze anonymous DNA samples to learn more about disease and health. But what if someone could identify you from your DNA? Would you still be willing to volunteer for genomic research? 

 

 

NHGRI reports on first genomic literacy workshop

Group photo of genomic literacy workshop participantsPreparing for a future using genetic and genomic information as a routine part of medical care was the focus of an NHGRI genomic literacy workshop in the fall of 2011. Now, a meeting report describing the results of that workshop is available online in Genetics in Medicine. 
 

 

Special issue highlights nurses' role and practical considerations in genomic healthcare

Kathleen Calzone and Jean JenkinsEnsuring that nurses play a central role in the application of genomics to clinical care is at the core of the 2013 Genomics Special Issue of the Journal of Nursing Scholarship. The publication, coordinated by National Institutes of Health researchers Jean Jenkins, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, and Kathleen Calzone, Ph.D., RN, APNG, FAAN, explores genomic variation and its clinical implications for common diseases. 

2012

Keolu FoxSACNAS conference organizers have recognized Keolu Fox with the 2012 SACNAS Graduate Student Oral Presentation Award in the genetics category. His talk showcased a new technology that determines ABO blood types using next-generation human genome sequence data. 

 

 

StudentsHigh school students, teachers and anyone else interested in genetics now have a remarkable educational resource called GeneEd. Developed by the National Library of Medicine in collaboration with the National Human Genome Research Institute, GeneEd explores topics such as cell biology, DNA, genes and chromosomes. 

 

 

 

NHGRI invites you to the 'Woodstock of Science' April 28-29

Festival logoJoin National Human Genome Research Institute staff at the USA Science & Engineering Festival April 28-29 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. This free event, dubbed the 'Woodstock of Science,' will inform and fascinate, and inspire the next generation of innovators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

 

 

 

Join us April 20 for National DNA Day!

DNA Day 2012Are you ready to celebrate the discovery of DNA's double helix? The National Human Genome Research Institute reminds everyone that National DNA Day takes place Friday, April 20! Join us for our live, online chatroom, which brings together scientists, clinical researchers and other experts in the field, with students, teachers and the public to answer questions about genetics and genomics. 
 

 

NIH summer student alum wins Best Graduate Student Presentation award

Read moreKeolu Fox, a 2010 alumnus of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Diversity Action program, has taken big steps towards his dream of opening a genome center in Hawaii that focuses on health disparities. 

 

 

 

NHGRI supports proposed incentives for electronic recording of family health histories

Read moreFamily health history is still one of the most powerful tools for promoting health. Family health history information is also critical for the appropriate interpretation of genetic and genomic test results. The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have taken a major step towards ensuring that electronic health records will be able to collect and use family history information. 

 

 

Nurses, administrators sought for research project on genomic competency

NurseThe National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has found a number of ways to encourage health care professionals to get more training in genomics research and practice. This includes convening health care professionals, publishing in professional journals and supporting the development of resources such as the Genetics/Genomics Competency Center, an online educational resource for nurses, genetic counselors and physician assistants. 

 

 

Pharmacists focus on education in genomics at meeting with NHGRI

Group photo of pharmacist participantsThe field of pharmacogenomics - the science of determining how differences in our genes affect our response to medicines - has exploded in recent years. Genomic discoveries relevant to commonly prescribed medications, coupled with the rise in direct-to-consumer marketing of pharmacogenetic testing, has emphasized the need for pharmacist education. NHGRI recently hosted a meeting for several major U.S. pharmacy organizations to discuss the current landscape of pharmacist education in genomics. 

 

Genomics in Medicine: Researchers examine genomics for breast cancer treatment

Larry Brody, Ph.D.Addressing the genomics of breast cancer and the inherited factors that influence a person's risk for the disease, Lawrence Brody, Ph.D., chief of NHGRI's Genome Technology Branch, gave the second of the Genomics in Medicine, seven-lecture series - An introduction to genomics: breast cancer genes, risk assessment and screening - on Jan. 6, 2012. A video of the lecture is now available. 

 

2011

Addressing the challenges of using genetic variants in medical care

Blue and white stick figure labeled genetic variants aiming a bow and arrow at clinical action databaseTo address the problem of identifying the clear genomic signals doctors can use to make medical decisions, the National Human Genome Research Institute organized Characterizing and Displaying Genetic Variants for Clinical Action in early December 2011. Workshop videos are now available. 

 

 

 

Genomics in Medicine: Lecture series opener explores individualized medicine

David L. Valle, M.D., director of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genomic Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, explored individulized patient care from the genomic perspective as the first speaker in a seven-lecture series, Genomics in Medicine, Dec. 2, 2011, at Suburban Hospital, in Bethesda, Md. 


 

Take the "Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms" mobile app with you

A hand holding a smart phone with the app on the screenLooking for an on-the-go genetics tool for your mobile device? Well, wait no longer: There's an app for that! Just in time for the back-to-school season, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is releasing the free 'Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms' mobile app. 
 

 

Group of people and a stethescopeResearchers can now select a physical trait or phenotype and find the genomic variants associated with it, to date, by using a new web portal, called the Phenotype-Genotype Integrator (PheGenI, pronounced FEE-GEE-NEE). PheGenI permits researchers to view a tabular display of genome-wide association study results for DNA sequence variations, genes and gene expression differences for a given trait such as asthma or diabetes. 

NHGRI and NCI Team Up for a Series of Genetic/Genomic Articles for Nursing Educators

NurseTo support genetic and genomic training in healthcare professional education programs, Jean Jenkins, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), and Kathleen Calzone, M.S.N., R.N., A.P.N.G., F.A.A.N., National Cancer Institute (NCI), have coordinated a series of articles that highlight the importance of genetics and genomics for nurse educators and nursing education worldwide. Genetics/Genomics and Nursing Education, will appear free in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship throughout 2011.  

2010
an apple with the letters A T C G carvedSummer's over, so it's back to the books and biology class. That means genetics labs and research reports on the Human Genome Project. To help teachers and pupils get a jumpstart, the Education and Community Involvement Branch at NHGRI has created a collection of fun and useful online educational resources. With topics in genetics typically scheduled for fall teaching, now is a good time to get ahead of the curve. 
2009

Community Colleges Have Their Day at the National Institutes of Health

Hands with pen, notebook and notesStudents from Baltimore and Washington area community colleges get a different taste of campus life on the last Friday of September while participating in the first Community College Day at the National Institutes of Health. 

 

 

Aida MohammadrezaThanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), 19-year-old Aida Mohammadreza - and thousands of other science-minded students across the nation - are hard at work in jobs that yield far more than a paycheck. 

 

 

Making a Mightier Knockout Mouse

A regular C57BL/6 mouse with black fur (top) sits next to a C57BL/6 knockout mouse (bottom) easily identified by its reddish-brown furA team supported with partial funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has figured out how to build a better "knockout" mouse, a key research tool for exploring the genetic factors involved in health and disease. 

 

 

Online GWAS Catalog Helps Guide Disease Research

Illustration with a sample graph, people and a DNA-helixThanks to the efforts of a dedicated team of National Human Genome Research Institute scientists, researchers now have an online resource that can make hunting for published genome-wide association studies a bit less daunting. 

 

 

What Are You Doing for National DNA Day?

D N A Day April 25, 2009As the seventh annual National DNA Day approaches, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), along with students, teachers, researchers and health professionals across the country, are gearing up to celebrate the key molecule of life.  

 


NurseThe National Human Genome Research Institute and the University of Virginia recently initiated a pilot program to help physician assistants and nursing educators jointly develop common training materials on genomic medicine. The materials will be freely available on a Web site that helps both professions achieve competence in the emerging field of genomic medicine.  
 

 

 


2007

Image of double helix and stethescopeThe National Human Genome Research Institute has recently created the Genomic Healthcare Branch to help bridge the gap between genomic discoveries made in the research lab and the realities faced by patients and healthcare providers in the clinic. 

 

 

Dr. Greg FeeroW. Gregory Feero, M.D., Ph.D., joins the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) as the Senior Advisor to the Director for Genomic Medicine. In this position, he plays a key role in guiding the institute as it works to convert the discoveries of genomic research into advances in clinical medicine. 

Last Updated: October 3, 2017