CRGGH joins new Branch of the NHGRI Intramural Research Program; Dr. Rotimi named Branch Chief

By Amy Bentley, CRGGH

Over the past year, the Intramural Research Program of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has been reorganized. As part of this reorganization, the CRGGH is now part of the newly-created Metabolic, Cardiovascular, and Inflammatory Disease Genomics Branch (MCIDGB). As described by NHGRI Scientific Director, Dan Kastner, this reorganization was conducted, in part, to facilitate new "scientific synergies." Read more

Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2015

In Focus: CRGGH Trainee Ephrem Mekonnen Gebeyehu

CRGGH Trainee Ephrem Mekonnen Gebeyehu

By Amy Bentley, CRGGH

Ephrem Mekonnen Gebeyehu, a graduate student at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, has been training with the Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health (CRGGH) since the summer of 2014. The following spotlight reveals his scientific promise, as he concludes his National Institutes of Health training experience.

Mr. Gebeyehu's academic career was shaped by political and personal upheaval. His father, who was a teacher, an intellectual, and a state security officer, was assassinated during Ethiopia's almost two-decade civil war that ended in 1991. To honor his father's valor, the government offered him and his siblings scholarships to study in any of the former Eastern-Bloc countries. Given the state of unrest in Ethiopia, Mr. Gebeyehu forfeited his placement at Addis Ababa University to pursue this study abroad.

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Posted: Tuesday, December 23, 2014

CRGGH Research Fellow receives 2014 NHGRI Intramural Research Award

Fasil Tekola Ayele with his Intramural Research Award

By Amy Bentley, CRGGH

Fasil Tekola Ayele, Ph.D., was recently selected as a recipient of an Intramural Research Award by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Division of Intramural Research. This award was given in recognition of Dr. Tekola's scientific accomplishments since joining NHGRI in 2010 and his potential for future success.

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Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2014

Publication Alert: The African Genome Variation Project shapes medical genetics in Africa

The African Genome Variation Project ethno-linguistic groups

By NHGRI Communications

An international team that includes researchers from the National Institutes of Health has completed the first comprehensive characterization of genomic diversity across sub-Saharan Africa. The region is the most genetically diverse in the world, yet few studies have looked into genomic risk factors for disease in Africa.

The study provides clues to medical conditions in people of sub-Saharan African ancestry, and indicates that the migration from Africa in the early days of the human race was followed by a migration back into the continent.

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Posted: Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Charles Rotimi receives SAMRC Gold Medal Scientific Achievement Award

Dr. Rotimi Receiving SMARC Award

By NHGRI Communications

On October 30, 2014, the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) presented Charles Rotimi, Ph.D., director of NHGRI's Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health, with the organization's Gold Medal Scientific Achievement Award. One of South Africa's most prestigious awards, the SAMRC Gold Medal recognizes senior researchers who have made seminal scientific contributions that have impacted the health of people, especially those living in developing countries.

The council honored Dr. Rotimi as an outstanding African scientist who has contributed to raising the profile of science internationally. He leads efforts at NHGRI to develop genetic epidemiology models and population genetics research that explores the patterns and determinants of common complex diseases in the African diaspora and other human populations.

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Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2014