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NHGRI hosts symposium on disability and genomics


The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will host a two-day symposium addressing historical and present-day constructions of disability and ableism, with a focus on the history and lived experiences of people with disabilities in the context of genomics and genetics. The event is free and open to the public. Follow #NHGRIevents on social media for more information.


Expert speakers include: 

Eric Garcia, senior Washington correspondent, The Independent 

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, professor emerita, English and bioethics, Emory University 

Dennis Tyler, Fordham University professor and author of “Disabilities of the Color Line” 

Maya Sabatello, Columbia University professor and medical sciences and co-director of the Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics and Culture Project 

Jaipreet Virdi, University of Delaware professor and author of “Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History” 

Michael Rembis, director of the Center for Disability Studies and an associate professor in the Department of History at The State University of New York at Buffalo


Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, 10 a.m. and Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, 10 a.m. EDT


The two-day virtual symposium will be virtual. 

To register, visit genome.gov/disability-and-genomics.

About NHGRI and NIH

About the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI): At NHGRI, we are focused on advances in genomics research. Building on our leadership role in the initial sequencing of the human genome, we collaborate with the world's scientific and medical communities to enhance genomic technologies that accelerate breakthroughs and improve lives. By empowering and expanding the field of genomics, we can benefit all of humankind. For more information about NHGRI and its programs, visit www.genome.gov

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

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Requesting an Accommodation

Please note: Sign language interpreting and CART services are available for this event. Individuals needing other reasonable accommodations should contact NHGRIPressOffice@mail.nih.gov. Requests should be made at least five days in advance. To access Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS), call 711.

Last updated: October 6, 2022