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NHGRI to Fund Genomics Courses for Biomedical Community

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Human Genome Research Institute plans to fund development of short courses that will spread information about genomics methods and techniques and will update researchers on many of the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of new genomics advances.

Under a new funding opportunity, NHGRI will provide up to $50,000 to support classes less than two weeks in length that will be hosted by academic institutions or research institutes.

The aim is to spread knowledge among the larger biomedical research community about genomics advances or ELSI issues that are emerging from genomic medicine and to cross-train researchers in these issues.

"Genomics has stimulated and continues to stimulate the development of powerful new techniques, methods, and analyses, and biomedical research would benefit from the rapid, widespread dissemination of these methods to the larger biomedical research community. Short (a few days to two-week) courses have been a very effective means of achieving dissemination," NHGRI said in its funding announcement.

These courses should be targeted to individuals at the doctoral level and beyond and should be led by established investigators or scholars who are actively working in the areas that the courses will cover.

NHGRI will provide up to three years of support to fund these genomics education efforts.

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