The Genomics Landscape
The Johns Hopkins University/National Human Genome Research Institute Genetic Counseling Training Program
In this month's The Genomics Landscape
, Dr. Green features a well-established joint program with Johns Hopkins University that trains genetic counselors, a recent report to the NIH Director on the future of the National Library of Medicine, and news from NHGRI activities related to coordinating provider education in genomics and international genomic medicine efforts, along with other information items that I hope will be of interest to you. Read more
GM8: Looking across genomic medicine's gaps and opportunities
On June 8-9, international experts
discussed the gaps, challenges and opportunities in genomics at Genomic Medicine Meeting VIII: NHGRI's Genomic Medicine Portfolio
, sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) in Rockville, Maryland. Speakers discussed topics ranging from interpreting genomic variants and handling genomic data, to diversity in research populations.
LabGenius: The next step toward a digital laboratory
The HHS Ignite Accelerator program
, inspired by Silicon Valley start-up methods, nurtures innovative ideas that might improve government operations. Now this seed funding and mentorship program could help create a digital "LabGenius" and, according to NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., "has the potential to streamline our labs ... which could have a big impact." Read more
New NHGRI brochure highlights major genomics research areas
A new brochure from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), spotlights the Institute's past, present and future roles in the field of genomics. In the Director's Message, NHGRI Director Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., frames the field as "one of the most vibrant, compelling and relevant scientific disciplines of the 21st century." The document traces NHGRI's history from serving as the leader of the U.S. component of the Human Genome Project to its current focus on advancing human health through genomics research.
Genomics holds promise of treatments for inherited blindness
Millions of people worldwide suffer from diseases of the retina
that cause partial or complete blindness. While there is no cure for retinal degenerative disease, there are several promising areas of research that aim to, at least, partially restore vision. May's Genome Advance of the Month
focuses on two experimental therapeutic approaches - gene replacement therapy and optogenetics.