Jane Peterson, NHGRI Founding Member, Retires
It is truly the end of an era as NHGRI says goodbye to one of its founding staff members - Jane Peterson, Ph.D. After just shy of 25 years at the Institute, Jane officially retired from government service on January 17. Starting later this spring, Jane will become the CEO of the Keystone Symposia. Jane originally came to NHGRI from the National Institute of General Medical Science. She was there at the beginning of the Human Genome Project, helping to see it through its many phases and successful completion. Her scientific acumen, administrative creativity, and 'outside-the-box' thinking benefited the Human Genome Project enormously. After the Project ended, Jane played major leadership roles in establishing a number of successful programs, including the Knockout Mouse Project, The Cancer Genome Atlas, the Human Microbiome Project, and the Human Heredity and Health in Africa Initiative. Congratulations, Jane, on your new gig, and know that you will be missed at NHGRI!
Featured Presentation at Advances in Genome Biology and Technology Meeting
Last month, NHGRI's Jeff Schloss, Ph.D. was honored at the 15th Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) meeting. Jeff is the Director of the Division of Genome Sciences within NHGRI's Extramural Research Program. For many years, he has been the Program Director overseeing the Institute's Technology Development Program, where he has skillfully managed a diverse portfolio of grants aiming to develop nucleic acids-related technologies - in particular, DNA sequencing technologies. To highlight the incredible achievements of NHGRI grantees in this area, Jeff submitted a poster abstract to the AGBT meeting on the history of technology development at NHGRI and our $1000 genome effort. For the first time in the history of the meeting, the organizers elected to elevate his poster abstract to a talk - not just any talk, but a featured presentation to kick off the meeting's plenary session on technology development! The title of Jeff's talk was "Ambitious Goals, Concerted Efforts, Conscientious Collaborations - 10 Years Hence." This honor speaks to the true nature of Jeff's impact and accomplishments over the past 18 years. For more information on NHGRI's Technology Development Program, see genome.gov/10000368.
Steve Groft, Rare Disease Research Champion, Retires
Long-time rare disease research champion Stephen Groft, Pharm.D., Director of the Office of Rare Diseases Research (ORDR) within the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, retired on February 8. During his 20+ years as ORDR Director, Steve worked with legislators, regulators, researchers, pharmaceutical representatives, patients, families, and patient advocacy groups to create an environment fostering support, communication, research, and development of treatments for rare and orphan diseases. Steve and his colleagues collaborated with NHGRI to establish the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center and Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases Program as well as the Undiagnosed Diseases Program. His passion, commitment, and leadership leave a remarkable legacy. For more information, see ncats.nih.gov/news-and-events/features/groft.html
NHGRI Advisory Council Meeting, February 10, 2014 [youtube.com]
2013-2014 Genomics in Medicine Lecture Series [youtube.com]
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Last Updated: March 6, 2014
Posted: August 4, 2008