NHGRI publishes new strategic vision for human genomics
October was a particularly busy (and exciting) month for NHGRI. In addition to celebrating the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Human Genome Project (HGP), which was featured in last month’s The Genomics Landscape, the institute also published the 2020 NHGRI Strategic Vision. This paper is the culmination of the Genomics2020 Strategic Planning Process, which NHGRI initiated in early 2018. My profound thanks to many of you, both inside and outside of the institute, who contributed to these two huge endeavors. I hope you find the paper to provide a compelling and informative vision for human genomics in the coming decade.
I would also like to draw your attention to the social media stories that NHGRI developed for the 30th anniversary of the HGP launch. This included video testimonials about the HGP from many different genomics and genetics researchers. This collection, which continues to grow after its previous highlight in last month’s The Genomics Landscape, is available on the NHGRI YouTube channel, GenomeTV. I encourage you to check out our newest additions.
All the best,
NIH encourages participation in surveys to identify impacts of COVID-19 on grantee research
NIH has issued two surveys to gather data on how COVID-19 affects extramural grantee researchers and their institutions. Responses are confidential and anonymous, and all questions are optional. NIH is working to create a plan for how and when to share results. The first survey aims to understand overall challenges faced by NIH-funded institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. A single institutional leader who oversees research at the institutions in the sampling population received an email from Michael Lauer, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, with an invitation to take the survey. The institutional survey closes on November 6. The second survey aims to understand the impact of COVID-19 on individual researchers at NIH-funded institutions. Researchers in the sampling population received an email from Qualtrics with an invitation to take the survey. The researcher survey closes on November 13. Grantees who have received these emails are encouraged to respond. The results of the surveys will inform policy and program decisions as NIH seeks ways to continue supporting the biomedical research enterprise during the pandemic.
NHGRI Deputy Scientific Director receives HHS Leadership Award
Paul Liu, M.D., Ph.D., NHGRI’s deputy scientific director and senior investigator in NHGRI’s Translational and Functional Genomics Branch, was recently awarded the 2020 Dr. Howard K. Koh Award for Excellence in Leadership at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Koh Award recognizes an employee from the Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community who exemplifies outstanding leadership, service integrity, and excellence, and who has significantly contributed to the HHS mission. Dr. Liu shares this year’s Koh Award with Dr. Robin M. Ikeda, associate director for policy and strategy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Last updated: December 2, 2020