Human Genome Institute Seeks Input for Research Planning

The Human Genome Institute at NIH (NHGRI) is inviting comment on several white papers (details can be found on their website). APA will submit comments on behalf of its members, and will urge NHGRI to enhance interdisciplinary training opportunities and to fund more studies of gene-environment interaction, paying particular attention to the many nested environments that affect the activation of genes.

The Human Genome Institute at NIH (NHGRI) is inviting comment on several white papers – Applying Genomics to Clinical Problems (Diagnostics, Prevention); Applying Genomics to Clinical Problems (Therapeutics); A Vision for the Future of Genomics: Education and Community Engagement; and The Future of Genome Sequencing.  Scientists, health care providers, and interested others may comment directly on the website.  Comments are being accepted through June 30, 2009.  According to NHGRI, comments received through this white-paper process will be used to generate topics for further planning activities and workshops, which will be held in 2009 and 2010.

We in the Science Directorate are interested in your take on these issues.  APA will submit comments on behalf of its members.  In particular, APA will urge NHGRI to enhance interdisciplinary training opportunities and to fund more studies of gene-environment interaction, paying particular attention to the many nested environments that affect the activation of genes.  If you would like your views to help inform APA’s, please send a copy of your comments to Pat Kobor in the Science Directorate by Thursday, June 25, 2009.