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Research Areas

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) conducts a broad program of laboratory and clinical research to translate genomics into a greater understanding of human biology and develop better methods for the detection, prevention and treatment of heritable and genetic disorders.

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Cancer Genetics and Comparative Genomics Branch

The NHGRI Cancer Genetics and Comparative Genomics Branch identifies and study genes that contribute to cancer susceptibility and progression.

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Center for Genomics and Data Science Research

NHGRI center focused on computationally intensive approaches to analyze large-scale genomic data and identifying genetic contributions to human disease.

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Center for Precision Health Research

The Center for Precision Health Research, formerly Medical Genomics and Metabolic Genetics Branch, studies how health and disease are related to genetic, genomic and metabolic variation.

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Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health (CRGGH)

CRGGH facilitates understanding of the relationship between genetic variation and population differences in disease distribution to inform health disparities.

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Medical Genetics Branch

The Medical Genetics Branch studies inherited disorders of metabolism and of human development.

Metabolic Medicine Branch

The Metabolic Medicine Branch houses clinical and laboratory research programs that focus on the development of new therapies for patients with genetic disorders.

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Social and Behavioral Research Branch

The Social and Behavioral Research Branch conducts research to apply genomic discoveries to improve health and clinical care.

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Translational and Functional Genomics Branch

The Translational and Functional Genomics Branch explores the genetic, epigenetic and metagenomic basis of human disorders.

Last updated: June 21, 2023