Initiatives and Resources for Minority and Special Populations

National Human Genome Research Institute

National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Initiatives and Resources for Minority and Special Populations

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) wants to ensure that ALL populations are knowledgeable about the science underpinning the Human Genome Project (HGP) and genomic research, and have the opportunity to participate in various ways, such as becoming research scientists, research participants and policy makers. The HGP, perhaps the greatest scientific endeavor of the 21st century, has changed the way medicine is practiced and how research is conducted in the future. It is important for everyone to be informed about continuing genomic research and to understand the ethical, legal and social implications resulting from genetics and genomics research.

In May 2001, the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research approved the Action Plan which outlines clear goals for the inclusion of underrepresented minority groups in research training, research collaborations, and education and outreach activities supported by all components of the institute. This document serves as the blueprint for NHGRI's implementation plan.

Genomics and Health Disparities Meetings

Genomics and Health Disparities Lecture Series
A series of lectures, inaugurated in May 2015, to enhance opportunities for dialogue about how innovations in genomics research and technology can impact health disparities. Topics range from basic science to translational research.

Inclusion and Engagement of Underrepresented Populations in Genomics
A roundtable discussion held September 16, 2015 to discuss the current status of the engagement and inclusion of underrepresented populations in genomics research.

Activities and Opportunities

Conferences, Meetings and Reports


Vence L. Bonham, Jr., J.D.
Senior Advisor to the NHGRI Director on Genomics and Health Disparities
Office of the Director

Bettie Graham, Ph.D.
Program Director, Genome Research Training and Career Development
Division of Extramural Operations

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Last Updated: March 31, 2016