May 01 2009
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has started Phase 2 of its long range planning process. This planning process is a means to help the NHGRI plan their research investments to further the contribution of genomics to improvements in human health and other areas of society. This planning process invites comments and opinions from the research, medical and public sectors and is expected to take 12 to 18 months; culminating in the end with a large meeting to review the final proposal.
Phase 1 has been completed and all comments, questions and suggestions were compiled into a draft of 4 white papers. These white papers address the topics that the NGHRI and community members have identified as being important.
Phase 2, which is now open until June 30, 2009, invites your input to be submitted on how best to address these topics. Once all comments have been received through this white-paper process, the input gathered will be analyzed by NHGRI and, if appropriate, used to generate approaches (such as a revised white paper or a workshop) to obtain additional input about each topic over the course of the remainder of 2009 and 2010.
The goal of the NHGRI, at this stage, is to gather as many ideas as possible, so please comment on anything and everything. To stimulate discussion, all comments will be anonymously posted online for others to view and respond to. Please feel free to share this announcement with any interested colleagues. For additional information on any of the white paper drafts or to make comment regarding the planning process, please go to www.genome.gov/about/planning