President Gurib-Fakim of Mauritius Supports H3Africa Initiative

By Amy Bentley, CRGGH

In October, African scientists and collaborators gathered in Pointe aux Piments in Mauritius for the 9th Human Health and Heredity in Africa (H3Africa) Consortium Meeting. Attendees were honored to host the President of Mauritius, Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (front row, third from right), at this meeting. Dr. Gurib-Fakim delivered the opening address for the meeting, highlighting the significance of this initiative in supporting African youth, encouraging them to remain on the continent to contribute their expertise. Read more

Posted: Friday, January 6, 2017

H3Africa Consortium Array Will Bring Leading-Edge Genomics Tool to Address African Genomic Diversity

By Amy Bentley, CRGGH

In a major advance for those engaged in genomic research in African ancestry populations, Illumina will be developing a GWAS array based on data from the Human Heredity and Health in Africa Initiative (H3Africa). This array will include novel content based on sampling of individuals from populations across Africa. This tool promises to address a key limitation of current research efforts in terms of trying to interrogate the genomes of African ancestry individuals with tools that were not designed to sufficiently capture the genomic diversity of these individuals. This extraordinary effort has been driven by the H3Africa Genome Analysis Working Group, of which CRGGH?s Deputy Director, Adebowale Adeyemo, serves as co-chair.

More information about this achievement is available through Illumina and Quartz Africa.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016

The African Diaspora: History, Adaptation and Health

African Diaspora

By Amy Bentley, CRGGH

Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health (CRGGH) researchers have recently published an article in Current Opinion in Genetics and Development on the how genomics is illuminating the history and health of Africans and African diaspora populations. Read more

Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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