NIH NHGRI International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics

NIH NHGRI International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics

Category of Opportunity: 
Short-term Training

The International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics is a 5-year initiative (2016-2020) designed to help developing nations build and expand their knowledge base, infrastructure, systems, research efforts and technologies in human genetics and genomics. Increasing their access to these resources will help them build capacity in these areas and will help resource-poor countries address their public health challenges in genetic diseases. This will ultimately help build healthier nations worldwide.
The program is designed and will strive to accomplish the following goals:

Encourage and strengthen cooperation and collaboration in genetic and genomic research and medicine, among nations in the Global North and South.
Expand the knowledge base in genetics and genomics, among researchers and young health-professionals, in developing nations.
Bridge the knowledge gap in genetics and genomics, in developing nations, through efficient and effective knowledge transfer, so as to reduce the time lag for inclusion of genetics and genomics in research and clinical practice.
Integrate accurate genetic and genomic information, and its related technologies in clinical practice, for the diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases, through the sharing of information across platforms.
Introduce the concept of newborn screening in developing nations for the early detection of genetic disorders.
Introduce the concept of personalized/precision medicine in developing nations for the treatment of diseases.
Provide an understanding to developing nations of the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genetic information.
Help developing nations build capacity in genomic research and medicine.
Strengthen the healthcare system in developing nations for the provision, delivery and management of safe genetic services (CLIA-like concepts).
Provide tools to researchers and professionals, to increase public and political awareness of the role of genetics and genomics, in health care.
Reduce health disparities and the burden of disease and disability, on people and the economies of developing nations.

The program is intended to train healthcare professionals and trainees from developing nations that are in their early-mid careers. The curriculum is designed in English for healthcare professionals with an advanced understanding of the biological sciences. Hence, research scientists (Ph.D.), physicians (M.B.B.S./M.D.), dentists (D.D.S./D.M.D.), dentist-scientists, nurses (M.S./Ph.D.), counselors (M.S./Ph.D.) and medical, dental and graduate school trainees can apply. Selected candidates will be fully sponsored (travel, local transportation in the United States, lodging and per diem) for the duration of the summit (Aug 31st - Oct. 1st, 2020). Participants will share lodging quarters with another participant (same sex) to reduce costs. Attendance on all days and of all events is required. Self-sponsorship may be possible, provided seats are available.

Selections are on a rolling basis and seats are limited so please apply early. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Date and time
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 21:00