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NHGRI's Oral History Collection

NHGRI's Oral History Collection features discussions with influential figures in the field of genomics and the history of institute.

Intended for researchers and scholars, each oral history contains extensive conversation about science and medicine, biographical details and insights into the inner workings of institutions and initiatives.

For more information, visit NHGRI's History of Genomics Program.


 

Videos

Interview with Current and Former Directors - Part I

Bob Cook-Deegan interviews Francis Collins, James Watson and Eric Green

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In 2014 and 2015, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) filmed a panel discussion with former directors James Watson, Ph.D. and Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., and current director Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D. This invaluable footage animates the roots and growth of NHGRI, as well as the Human Genome Project, from the perspectives of three key figures.

Part I of this footage features all three directors discussing the early days of the institute, from the appointments of Drs. Watson and Collins, to the Human Genome Project. 

Interview with Current and Former Directors - Part II

Bob Cook-Deegan interviews Francis Collins and Eric Green

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In 2014 and 2015, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) filmed a panel discussion with former directors James Watson, Ph.D. and Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., and  current director Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D. This invaluable footage animates the roots and growth of NHGRI, as well as the Human Genome Project, from the perspectives of three key figures.

Part II of this footage features Drs. Collins and Green discussing NHGRI's initiatives since the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, including the ENCyclopedia Of DNa Elements (ENCODE) Project, the International HapMap Project, and the 1000 Genomes Project.

 

Interview with Charles Rotimi

Charles Rotimi

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For more than two decades, Charles Rotimi, Ph.D., chief of the Metabolic, Cardiovascular and Inflammatory Disease Genomics Branch at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), has studied the causes of complex diseases and health disparities.

This oral history traces a path from Dr. Rotimi's early work studying lung and stomach cancer at Ford Motor Company in Cleveland, Ohio, to his work on Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa), an NIH initiative to develop large-scale population studies by African researchers on African populations. Dr. Rotimi's oral history also offers insights into the complexities of community engagement and the importance of international scientific efforts.

Interview with David Bentley

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David Bentley, Ph.D., is cChief sScientist at Illumina Inc., where he develops new DNA sequencing technology for fast, accurate sequencing of complex genomes.

This oral history follows Dr. Bentley's career, including his research in Nobel Laureate Fred Sanger, Ph.D.'s, lab at Cambridge in 1979, the early rumblings of the Human Genome Project in the mid-1980s, and Phase I of the International HapMap Project in 2005 -  an international effort aimed at finding common genes and genetic variations that affect health and disease.

 

Interview with Howard McLeod

Howard McCleod

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Howard McLeod, Pharm.D., is the founding medical director of the Moffitt Cancer Center's DeBartolo Family Personalized Medicine Institute and a senior member in its Department of Cancer Epidemiology.

This oral history explores Dr. McLeod's early career experiences with genetics and oncology at St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, his reflections on the importance of shared science and data, and the controversies surrounding Bi-Dil, the first race-based pharmaceutical.

 

Interview with Ewan Birney

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Ewan Birney, Ph.D., co-director of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's (EMBL) European Bioinformatics Institute, played a vital role in annotating the genome of human, mouse, chicken and several other organisms, and his work has had a profound impact on our understanding of genomics.

This oral history explores the Human Genome Project from Dr. Birney's perspective as a young scientist and roommate of future director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), James Watson, Ph.D. This video also explores the field of genomics through a bioinformatics lens.

Interview with Maynard Olson

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Maynard Olson, Ph.D., professor of Genome Sciences and Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, is a major figure in genomics research, and his research involving large- scale genome analysis - with emphases on both technology development and applications - made him an invaluable participant in the Human Genome Project.

Dr. Olson's oral history explores his early years growing up near the National Institutes of Health, his efforts to map the yeast genome in 1978, and his role as mentor to Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., the current director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).

 

 

Posted: March 29, 2017 

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