Duke hosts National Human Genome Research Institute Annual Training & Development Conference

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) convened their Annual Meeting at Duke University this past weekend where approximately 200 guests attended on-site in Durham with another 200 virtually from across the country, representing more than 40 programs. Duke University School of Medicine has two training programs supported by NHGRI – a T32 post-doctoral training program in genomic medicine and the R25 Summer Scholars Program in Genome Sciences and Medicine for underrepresented students.

“After the past two years of virtual meetings, we were delighted to serve as the venue for this meeting," said Susanne Haga, PhD, the principal investigator for the coordinating center for the annual NHGRI meeting and the two training programs. “It was extremely exciting to see and hear all of the research progress by the trainees this week.”  

The Annual Training and Career Development Meeting serves as a venue for trainees supported by NGHRI in the fields of genome sciences, genomic medicine, and ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) research to present their research and form collaborations with other trainees and established researchers from training programs across the United States.

This year, approximately 110 posters were presented by trainees in-person. Additionally, oral presentations included six platform presentations and 29 lightning talks by trainees.

The 2022 keynote speakers were:

  • Robert J. Lefkowtiz, MD, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry, and Pathology (Duke University)
  • Raphael Valdivia, PhD, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (Duke University)
  • Apoora Mandavilli, MA, MS, NY Times Reporter (The New York Times)

Learn more about NHGRI Research Training