NHGRI Funds New T32 Training Program in ELSI Research


The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) issued funding for a 5-year training grant at the University of Michigan that will support research fellowships focused on the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genomics. Funding will support both predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows, who will receive training via a core curriculum of ELSI and genomic science courses, professional skills development, and individualized mentoring from an interdisciplinary team of renowned investigators in the field. "We are very grateful for the support from NHGRI and very excited to enhance the training of the next generation of scholars in this rapidly developing field," said Scott Roberts, a Professor in the U-M's School of Public Health and the director of the new program. "As dramatic advances in genomic science and technology continue to occur, it will be important to train investigators to conduct cutting-edge research that addresses the profound ethical, legal, and social issues we face in this new era of genomics." This training program is one of only three of its kind in the nation, joining programs at Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania. The program will be co-sponsored by the University of Michigan's School of Public Health, Rackham Graduate School, and Center for Bioethics & Social Sciences in Medicine.