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NIH Record  
Vol. LXV, No. 3
  February 1, 2013
Flu Shot Program Wraps Up for Season
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NHGRI Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Human Genome Project Completion

NHGRI plans several events to mark the 10-year anniversary of completion of the Human Genome Project.

NHGRI plans several events to mark the 10-year anniversary of completion of the Human Genome Project.

Ten years after completion of the Human Genome Project (HGP), researchers from around the world are still making countless discoveries about the human genome. But much more remains to be learned about life’s operating system in order for genomics to be used productively to improve human health.

The National Human Genome Research Institute, which spearheaded the HGP, plans a series of seminars, a symposium and an interactive exhibition to mark the 10-year anniversary of the project’s completion and to reflect on the HGP’s revolutionary influence on biomedicine.

“The Human Genome Project has had a remarkable impact on science over the past decade,” said NHGRI director Dr. Eric Green. “I am pleased that NHGRI has put together a varied set of events to showcase the many ways that genomics is now advancing biomedical research.”

Summit Calls for Accelerated Pace Towards Health Equity

Former Rep. Louis Stokes
Former Rep. Louis Stokes
Low and melodious, the baritone’s voice commanded an otherwise silent ballroom. “I’ve been in the storm so long—oh, give me a little time to pray. Oh, let me tell my mother how I come along,” sang Etienne Lashley, a Howard University student, offering a favorite song of former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes (D-OH), as thousands paid tribute during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit held recently at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.

In the company of Stokes, his family, friends and colleagues, NIH director Dr. Francis Collins honored Stokes by unveiling a 45 x 54-inch portrait of him that will be displayed in the Louis Stokes Laboratories on campus.

The summit boasted hundreds of speakers, unprecedented federal participation from 14 of the 15 executive departments—including all agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services—and more than 3,000 attendees. Led by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the summit attracted almost 2,000 abstract submissions, approximately 100 sessions and more than 800 scientific posters.