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The Genomic Landscape of Breast Cancer in Women of African Ancestry

Olufunmilayo Olopade On June 7, Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, M.D., F.A.C.P., presented The Genomic Landscape of Breast Cancer in Women of African Ancestry, the final lecture in the 2016 Genomics and Health Disparities Lecture Series. Dr. Olufunmilayo is director of the Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics at the University of Chicago School of Medicine. She is an expert in cancer risk assessment and individualized treatment for the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, stressing comprehensive risk-reducing strategies and prevention in high-risk populations.
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Investigational Device Exemptions (IDE) and Genomics Workshop

Double helix On Friday, June 10, 2016, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) hosted the Investigational Device Exemptions (IDE) and Genomics Workshop. The workshop gathered investigators, institutional review boards (IRB), the FDA and NHGRI to share how to determine whether a study requires an IDE and how to fulfill IDE requirements if the FDA should require an it for research involving the use of genomic technologies. Video is now available. View agenda and videos

New NIH studies seek adults and families affected by sickle cell disease/trait

Red blood cells (left) and sickle cells blocking blood flow (right) People with sickle cell disease (SCD) can experience excruciating pain, kidney problems, a higher risk of stroke and, in rare cases, chronic leg ulcers. Little is known about why the severity of these symptoms varies throughout a lifetime or why these symptoms differ from person to person. NHGRI researchers are seeking help from people affected by SCD to find the factors - environmental, social and genetic - that impact the severity of the symptoms. Read more

GHB chief joins Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health

Bob Wildin Robert Wildin, M.D., chief of NHGRI's Genomics and Healthcare Branch (GHB), is helping to jumpstart activity in the public health application of genomic medicine as a member of the National Academies' Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health. Public health initiatives like this have great potential to reach the underserved, he said. The roundtable will issue a new toolkit in 2017.
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A Quarter Century after the Human Genome Project's Launch presents:
The Genome is for Life

David Bentley On May 26th, the NHGRI History of Genomics Program completed its six-part seminar series featuring scientists who helped launch the Human Genome Project. David Bentley, D.Phil., Illumina's vice president and chief scientist of DNA sequencing, presented The Genome is for Life. Dr. Bentley was a driving force behind the Sanger Centre's immense contributions to the Human Genome Project, prior to joining Illumina. Watch it on GenomeTV now. Watch the video
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