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Highlights

NHGRI talks diversity in genomics research for Reddit

Precision MedicineAfter 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.

A Responsible Approach to Genomics Research: Investing in Diversity

Eric GreenThis month's The Genomic Landscape discusses recent studies that reveal knowledge gaps in the understanding of how the genome varies from person to person and population to population; a new educational genomics toolkit for physicians; electronic medical records and genomics; and NHGRI's Dr. Leslie Biesecker's election as the 2019 president for ASHG. 

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

Koehly Lab membersOn November 21, 2017, experts from 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. Here, we recap the event. 

Dr. Leslie Biesecker selected as 2019 president of ASHG.

Leslie BieseckerAmerican Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) members have selected Leslie G. Biesecker, M.D., a clinical and molecular geneticist and long-time investigator with NHGRI, as their new president-elect. In 2019, Dr. Biesecker will become president of ASHG, a professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide. He will serve in his personal capacity. Dr. Biesecker is the senior investigator and chief of NHGRI's Medical Genomics and Metabolic Genetics Branch.