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NIH National Human Genome Research Institute - NHGRI

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) led the National Institutes of Health's contribution to the International Human Genome Project, which had as its primary goal the sequencing of the human genome. This project was successfully completed in April 2003. NHGRI's mission has expanded to encompass a broad range of studies aimed at understanding the structure and function of the human genome and its role in health and disease. NHGRI supports the development of resources and technology that will accelerate genome research and its application to human health. A critical part of the NHGRI mission continues to be the study of the ethical, legal and social implications of genome research. NHGRI also supports the training of investigators and the dissemination of genome information to the public and to health professionals.

Review Date: July 20, 2011

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Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Office of Public Health Genomics (OPHG) aims to integrate genomics into public health research, policy, and programs, which could improve interventions designed to prevent and control the country’s leading chronic, infectious, environmental, and occupational diseases.

Review Date: August 01, 2011

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American Society of Human Genetics

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) is a professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide. The Society currently has nearly 8,000 active members, including researchers, clinicians, academicians, ethicists, genetic counselors, nurses and others who have a special interest in the field of human genetics. ASHG serves human genetics professionals, health care providers, and the general public by providing forums to share research results, advance genetic research, enhance genetics education, promote genetic services and support responsible social and scientific policies.

Review Date: November 25, 2011

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KS&A (Knowledge, Support, and Action)

KS&A is a non-profit organization addressing the needs of the approximately 1 out of 500 individuals who were born with one or more extra X and/or Y chromosomes, as well as their families and the clinicians, educators and research scientists serving them. Conditions addressed include: 47,XXY; Klinefelter syndrome; Trisomy X; 47,XYY syndrome and the approximately 20 additional variations involving additional X and/or Y chromosomes and mosaicism.

Review Date: September 19, 2011

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Mount Sinai Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases

The Mount Sinai Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases is the oldest center in the country dedicated to the care of patients with genetic disorders that are prevalent in the Jewish community and to conducting research focused on the development of improved diagnostic and treatment modalities. The Center conducts a Jewish genetic disease screening program, which provides expert screening and genetic counseling to individuals at risk for being carriers of these diseases. All services are provided by board-certified genetic counselors and clinical and molecular geneticists.

Review Date: October 18, 2011

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National Society of Genetic Counselors

The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) promotes the professional interests of genetic counselors and provides a network for professional communications. Local and national continuing education opportunities and the discussion of all issues relevant to human genetics and the genetic counseling profession are an integral part of belonging to the NSGC. Growth and development within the profession and the recognition of a unique identity provided the impetus for the formation of a responsive professional society. To that end, the National Society of Genetic Counselors was incorporated in 1979. The National Society of Genetic Counselors advances the various roles of genetic counselors in health care by fostering education, research, and public policy to ensure the availability of quality genetic services.

Review Date: January 27, 2012

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NIH National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is one of 11 agencies that compose the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The NCI is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training. It coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

Review Date: August 03, 2011

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