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The National Human Genome Research Institute

Led by Director Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is the driving force for advancing genomics research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world.

About Genomics

Visit this page to view the many NHGRI education resources about genomics.

Division of Genomics and Society

The Division of Genomics and Society is responsible for exploring societal issues related to genomics, incorporating and extending the institute’s Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) research program and integrating NHGRI-wide activities in these areas.

The Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Genomic Research Program

The ELSI Research Program fosters basic and applied research on the ethical, legal and social implications of genetic and genomic research for individuals, families and communities.

ELSI Abstracts and Activity Database

ELSI Publications and Products Database

Sample ELSI Applications and Summary Statements

NHGRI Collaborations

Clinical Sequencing Evidence-Generating Research (CSER)

The CSER Consortium is rapidly advancing the knowledge necessary to develop best practices for the implementation of genomic sequence data into clinical care. CSER is uniquely positioned to answer questions about the clinical implementation of genomic sequencing to meet its growing use in the clinical care of patients with diverse needs.

Newborn Sequencing In Genomic Medicine and Public Health (NSIGHT)

The NSIGHT program explores the implications, challenges and opportunities associated with the possible use of genomic sequence information in the newborn period.

Implementing Genomics in Practice (IGNITE)

The IGNITE Consortium was created to enhance the use of genomic medicine by supporting the development of methods for incorporating genomic information into clinical care and exploration of the methods for effective implementation, diffusion and sustainability in diverse clinical settings.

Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE)

The eMERGE Network develops, disseminates, and applies approaches to research that combine biorepositories with electronic medical record systems for genomic discovery and genomic medicine implementation research.

Clinical Genome (ClinGen) Resource

ClinGen collects phenotypic and clinical information on variants across the genome, develop a consensus approach to identify clinically relevant genetic variants, and disseminate information about the variants to researchers and clinicians. The resource will advance genomics in clinical care and improve our understanding of phenotypic and functional effects of genetic variants and their clinical value.

Minority and Special Populations Initiative

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) wants to ensure that all populations are knowledgeable about the science underpinning the Human Genome Project and genomics research, and have the opportunity to participate in various ways, such as becoming research scientists, research participants and policy makers.



International Genome Research Centers

Genome Alberta

Genome Alberta is a publicly funded not-for-profit corporation that initiates, funds, and manages genomics research and partnerships. We strive to be the leading source of information and administration related to genomics, metabolomics, bioinformatics, and biotech research in Alberta.

Wellcome Genome Campus

The Wellcome Genome Campus is home to some of the world’s foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale, and imagination to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.