NHGRI’s new Social & Behaviorial Research Branch

National Human Genome Research Institute Opens New Branch, U.S. Medicine, March 25 2004.

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) announced last month the formation of a new branch, the Social and Behavioral Research Branch (SBRB), to develop approaches to translating the discoveries from the recently completed Human Genome Project into interventions for health promotion and disease prevention, and for counseling patients and families dealing with the impact of devastating genetic disorders.

The SBRB, within NHGRI’s Division of Intramural Research (DIR), also will investigate the complex social, ethical and public policy impact of genomic research…

There will be a number of research groups within the SBRB. They include a behavioral genetics unit; a health communications unit; a genetic counseling service unit; a health promotion research section that includes a unit for disseminating counseling research methods; a community genetics research unit; and an ethics and social policy unit that includes research ethics. In addition, there will be several crosscutting themes addressed by researchers in the new branch, including the implications of genomic discoveries and research for health disparities, the ethical and legal implications of such discoveries, and strategies for information dissemination to medical and other communities.

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