Notice Announcing the National Human Genome Research Institute’s Genomics in Medicine and Health Strategic Planning Workshop

Notice Number: NOT-HG-19-020

Key Dates
Release Date: April 17, 2019

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National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)



The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is in the middle of a new round of strategic planning that will establish a ‘2020 vision for genomics’ ( and culminate in the publication of a new NHGRI strategic plan in October 2020. As with past strategic planning efforts, NHGRI is soliciting input from the broader research and public communities to help shape the 2020 strategic plan.

As part of this strategic planning effort, NHGRI is planning a workshop focused on Genomics in Medicine and Health for September 26-27, 2019. Utilizing the feedback we have heard to date from the town halls, meeting sessions, and satellite meetings, we have drafted the following vision statement and themes as a starting point for the workshop.

Vision Statement

To integrate genomics into routine medical practice in a way that prevents disease and improves the health of all members of a diverse community by engaging patients, their families, and the entire healthcare team in genomic health care.

There are a great many hurdles between current practice and this vision, and the themes below represent our understanding of these hurdles and how research can overcome them. Each theme may have multiple interpretations.


1. Create systems to integrate genomics into everyday clinical and public health practice.

What is needed to use genomic information in medicine and health?

2. Develop processes for routine, high value clinical genomic evaluation.

How should the genomic test work to make it accurate, easy to use, and understandable?

3. Build knowledgebases for predictive genomic medicine in diverse populations.

What do we need to know to tell any patient their risk of disease from genomic testing?

4. Develop and evaluate genomic prevention and therapeutic strategies in diverse populations.

How do we show if using genomic information improves health?

5. Ensure that genomic health information has maximum utility for all members of the public.

How do we make sure genomic information is available and useful for all?

6. Train providers to integrate genomics into the clinical workflow.

What training is needed to use genomics for medicine and health?

Idea Submission Process

We are now seeking your ideas related to these six themes. What are the challenges and opportunities for the next 5 to 10 years in genomic medicine and health? What is needed to make your idea happen to advance genomics in medicine and health?

For each idea In 600 characters or less, tell us: 1) what is your idea, 2) why hasn’t it been done, and 3) why should NHGRI do it? You may submit more than one idea, but each idea must be a separate submission.

NHGRI staff will review all ideas submitted and anticipates selecting 12 individuals to offer travel to the workshop to participate in-person and share more about your idea. Selection for travel will be made based on the most innovative and compelling ideas submitted. Ideas may be submitted anonymously, but you must provide contact information (a name and email address) to be considered for travel to the workshop. An individual may submit more than once if each submission is for a distinct idea.

We invite comments from all career levels and perspectives involved in genomic medicine and health including clinicians, patients, and researchers. All ideas are welcomed.

To submit your idea(s) go to: Ideas must be submitted by 5:00 pm ET, May 10th, 2019.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Anastasia L. Wise, Ph.D.
Division of Genomic Medicine/National Human Genome Research Institute
Phone: 301-480-3517