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Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) Series

NHGRI's Cynthia Tifft and Bill Gahl participate in a Reddit AMA

What is a Reddit "Ask Me Anything"?

The Ask Me Anything (AMA) series was created by the Reddit community as an opportunity for interesting individuals to field questions about anything - and everything! AMAs have succeeded in becoming an exciting platform for people to have direct discussions and gain insight into the lives and work of unique individuals. In effort to bring science education to the public, Reddit Science has created an independent, science-focused AMA Series to encourage discussion and bridge the gap between scientists and the general public.

What are the benefits of a Reddit Science AMA?

The Reddit Science AMA Series is a unique format that allows scientists to speak about their work in a manner that is not possible within the confines of traditional communication practices. NHGRI is uniquely poised to use this platform as a way to discuss our intramural research, Extramural Research Programs, new initiatives in funding, or general issues related to genomics research and genomic medicine.  

Past AMAs

NIH researchers highlight virtual reality research on Reddit

Susan PerskyVirtual Reality (VR) is a rapidly expanding area in tech and gaming. Now it's also playing an important role in medicine and health, expanding opportunities for researchers, clinicians and patients. Simulated experience can reduce stress, help doctors practice surgical techniques or allow medical students a way to practice their bedside manner in virtual scenarios. On February 23, NHGRI hosted a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) with NIH researchers who use VR to study a host of research questions. Read our recap her

The Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Research Program

ELSI Reddit AMAOn Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, the National Institutes of Health held a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) with experts from NHGRI's Ethical, Legal and Social Implications research program to discuss a variety of topics ranging from how diverse communities receive equitably the benefit of genomics, or how your genome can be used to discriminate against you and the protections to ensure that doesn't happen.


CRISPR Ask Me Anything hits Reddit's front page

Jennifer DoudnaNIH held a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) with Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D. and her research group, along with National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Centers for Excellence in Genomic Science (CEGS) program directors. They answered questions about her research, her new, NHGRI-funded Center for Genome Editing and Recording and the CEGS program. The CEGS program supports the formation of interdisciplinary research teams to develop innovative genomic research projects. Members of the media and public got answers to many of their questions, or follow along with the conversation during the Reddit AMA.

NHGRI talks diversity in genomics research for Reddit

Vence Bonham, Maggie Ginoza, Larry Brody, top left,and right, and NHGRI staff answer questions during NHGRI's Reddit AMA on Diversity.After recently publishing a perspective in Nature Reviews Genetics describing the challenges to achieving diversity in genomics research, NHGRI leadership held a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) on December 1 to discuss the variety of ways in which participant diversity can expand the translation of research findings and the steps they're taking to ensure all populations are included. Here we recap the discussion and point you to the full discussion on Reddit.

Reddit "Ask Me Anything": The importance of knowing your family health history

Chris Marcum, Ph.D., left, Laura Koehly, Ph.D., center, and staff scientist and Jielu Lin, Ph.D., participate in a Reddit AMA on November 21, 2017.

On November 21, 2017, NHGRI's Social and Behavioral Research Branch (SBRB) turned to a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) to answer questions about their work on family health history. AMA hosts were Laura Koehly, Ph.D., SBRB chief, Chris Marcum, Ph.D., a staff scientist, and Jielu Lin, Ph.D., a post-doctoral fellow. The team answered questions from how to change behaviors after learning disease risk through family health history, to understanding risk when family health history is unknown.

Reddit "Ask Me Anything": The NHGRI Dog Genome Project

Elaine Ostrander, Heidi Parker, Andrew Hogan and Dayna Dreger participate in Reddit AMA on November 2, 2017.On November 2, 2017, experts from The NHGRI Dog Genome Project turned to Reddit - a social news website and discussion forum - to answer questions from the Reddit community as part of an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA). Dog genomes hold a wealth of information for understanding natural variation in dog populations, like body size or fur type, and for learning more about how the genomes of both dogs and humans contribute to health and disease.

The UDN joins forces with Reddit for an "AMA"

Drs. William Gahl and Cynthia Tifft answer questions about the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) for a Reddit AMA on March 3, 2017.On March 3, 2017, in honor of Rare Disease Day, experts from the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) turned to Reddit to answer questions from the Reddit community as part of an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA). These rare disease experts have joined forces to solve the world's most challenging medical mysteries. Supported by the NIH Common Fund, UDN uses genome sequencing in the clinic, along with a network of experts, to provide answers for patients and families affected by mysterious conditions.

Reddit "Ask Me Anything": The ENCODE Project

Mike Pazin, Dan Gilchrist and Elise Feingold participate in Reddit Ask Me Anything! on February 9, 2017.NHGRI's ENCODE Project has spent 13 years building a catalog of all the functional elements in the human genome sequence, and making it available to scientists worldwide for the study of human health and disease. On February 9, 2017, ENCODE program directors in the Division of Genome Sciences at NHGRI, and ENCODE researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, turned to Reddit - a social news website and discussion forum - to answer questions from the Reddit community.


Last Updated: March 2, 2018