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Division of Policy, Communications, and Education

The Division of Policy, Communications, and Education (DPCE) serves as the National Human Genome Research Institute's (NHGRI) link to the community at large and provides a focal point for NHGRI policy development.


The division advises the NHGRI director and other institute leadership on a comprehensive range of issues relevant to the NHGRI research portfolio, providing leadership and coordination for policy and outreach activities. The division is charged with representing the institute to other agencies and policy makers, including Congress, and serves as a resource on genomics and related advances on National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other trans-federal committees. The division provides core support for the synthesis of trans-institute expertise on research, education, and policy topics relevant to the implications of genomics research and technology for health and society.

The division's mission is to promote the integration and utilization of genomic knowledge to advance human health and society. The division achieves this mission by engaging broad communities of stakeholders in the institute's activities and promoting dialog and awareness of the potential implications of the application of this knowledge within society. Stakeholder communities include: the general public, advocacy organizations, news media, non-profit organizations, professional societies, academic institutions, policy makers, educators, students, healthcare professionals, researchers, Congress, HHS, NIH and NHGRI advisors. To achieve its aims, the division collaborates closely with the research divisions within NHGRI, as well as with other partners across NIH.


  1. To inform and educate stakeholders about genomic research, applications and issues.
  2. To facilitate stakeholder participation in the development and implementation of NHGRI initiatives.
  3. To encourage the application of genomic technologies and information within society through positive and empowering mechanisms.


Last updated: August 20, 2018