Global Leaders in Genomic Medicine meeting

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is organizing a two-day meeting of global leaders to examine the application of genomics to clinical care (genomic medicine). The meeting will take place January 8-9, 2014 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC.

The goals of the meeting are to ascertain what is being done internationally in this area and to identify specific ways in which participants can work together to advance the field. With this in mind, the NHGRI has invited specific participants to attend and represent their country’s or organization’s perspectives in this important area.

Two members of the Genomic Medicine Alliance Scientific Advisory Committee, Professors Fahd Al-Mulla and George Patrinos have been invited to lecture in this meeting. Professor Al-Mulla will give an overview of the Genome Arabia project and Professor Patrinos will report the current achievements and future goals of the Genomic Medicine Alliance

The NHGRI recognizes that many nations are investing in the application of genomic information to clinical care, while at the same time addressing questions regarding the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of such efforts. A meeting of global leaders in this area is expected to create opportunities for collectively assessing the value and accelerating the appropriate translation of genomic science to the practice of medicine.

The meeting will be webcast live and will be archived in the NHGRI collection of video resources GenomeTV. For up-to-date information about the meeting, please visit the NHGRI website.

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