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National Human Genome Research Institute

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The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) led NIH’s contribution to the Human Genome Project, which had as its primary goal the sequencing of the human genome. This project was successfully completed in April 2003. More recently, NHGRI's mission has expanded to encompass a broad range of studies aimed at understanding the structure and function of the human genome and its role in health and disease. To that end, NHGRI supports the development of resources and technology that will accelerate genome research and its application to human health. A critical part of the NHGRI mission continues to be the study of the ethical, legal, and social implications of genome research. NHGRI also supports the training of investigators and the dissemination of genome information to the public and health professionals.

Interest in Diversity

NHGRI is committed to enhancing the pool of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds who have the training to pursue careers in genomics research. This area of research is associated with tremendous challenges and opportunities for improving human health, including the chance to explore some of the most profound ethical, legal, and social issues of our time. There are extraordinary career opportunities in genomics research.

Diversity-Targeted Programs

Dr. Green Eric D. Green, M.D., Ph.D.

Director's Statement

NHGRI has a strong history in supporting scientific workforce diversity. Our Diversity Action Plan (DAP) grants program aims to enhance the pool of underrepresented scientists who are prepared to pursue genomics-related scientific careers. The program is associated with some of NHGRI’s largest, most scientifically diverse, and most visible research programs. Since its inception in 2002, the NHGRI DAP program has included over 1400 participants at one dozen different academic institutions. Recently, the program was revamped to provide better integration with other NHGRI training programs, including the addition of an annual meeting at which all NHGRI-supported trainees will participate along with their mentors. NHGRI remains deeply committed to diversifying the genomics research community.

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