In the December issue of The Genomics Landscape, NHGRI Director Dr. Eric Green recaps progress from NHGRI strategic planning process events in 2018. Other topics include: Examining How Race, Ethnicity, and Ancestry Data Are Used in Biomedical Research; the Workshop to Increase Access and Utilization of ENCODE Data; and a collection of papers on "Genomics and the Human Genome Project" that was recently published in a special issue of the Journal of the History of Biology.
The National Institutes of Health has updated its Genomic Data Sharing Policy to again allow unrestricted access to genomic summary results for most of the studies it supports. These summary results come from analyzing pooled genomic data from multiple individuals together to generate a statistical result for the entire dataset. Such information can be a powerful tool for helping researchers determine which genomic variants potentially contribute to a disease or disorder.
Washington University in St. Louis has awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree to Eric D. Green, M.D., Ph.D., director of NIH's National Human Genome Research Institute, in recognition of his contributions to the field of genomics and its application to medicine. This is the third award given to Dr. Green by Washington University.