For 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.
The 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.
Young 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.
Informed 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.
Following 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, 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.
Family 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.
On 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.
Fans 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.
Elizabeth 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Since 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.
On 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.
The 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.
Rachel 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.
Clinical 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.
To 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.
The 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.
Students 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.
Genomic 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?
SACNAS 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.
High 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.
Join 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.
Keolu 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.
Family 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.
The 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.
The 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.
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.
To 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.
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.
Looking 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.
To 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.
Students 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.
Thanks 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.
A 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.
Thanks 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.
As 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Posted: March 3, 2017