IGNITE and Beyond: The Future of Genomic Medicine Implementation

Patient and doctor discussing genetic results and healthcare Watch live on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, when the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) hosts the IGNITE and Beyond: The Future of Genomic Medicine Implementation meeting. The meeting will focus on research opportunities in the integration of genomic medicine into clinical care, and will evaluate the contributions of the Implementing Genomics in Practice (IGNITE) Network to genomic medicine. Live webcast starts at 8:00 a.m. Eastern.

NIH researchers discover otulipenia, a new inflammatory disease

Otulipenia National Institutes of Health researchers have discovered a rare and sometimes lethal inflammatory disease - otulipenia - that primarily affects young children. It is caused by the malfunction of OTULIN, a single gene on chromosome 5. They also identified anti-inflammatory treatments to ease some of the patients' symptoms: fever, skin rashes, diarrhea, joint pain and overall failure to grow or thrive. Read more in the Aug. 22, early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Survey shows broad support for national precision medicine study

Precision Medicine Cohort Prgram A recent survey designed to measure public attitudes about the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program has shown that most respondents were willing to participate in this nationwide research. The PMI Cohort Program is a longitudinal research effort that aims to engage 1 million or more U.S. participants to help improve prevention and treatment of disease. The results were published online August 17 in PLOS ONE. NHGRI's David Kaufman, Ph.D., led the research.

NHGRI Senior Level Position Available

Seeking: Director, Division of Genome Sciences

DNA Double Helix The National Human Genome Research Institute a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director, Division of Genome Sciences. The ideal candidate will have the knowledge and expertise to lead NHGRI's funding for extramural research and training that is aimed at advancing the understanding of the structure and function of genomes and their implications for biology and disease etiology. Read more

Sardinian dog genome reveals a shared ancestral homeland with humans

A Sardinian/Fonni's dog stands on a rocky cliff in Sardinia, howling. The genetic origins of a fierce Sardinian dog (also called Fonni's dogs for the city of the same name) mirror recent studies that also traced the genetic origins of human Sardinians to the Middle East and Hungary, according to scientists at the National Human Genome Research Institute. Sequencing the whole genome of Fonni's dogs revealed clues about the migration of humans to the area. Findings were reported August 12 in the journal Genetics.

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