On June 27th, NINR concluded its 15th annual Summer Genetics Institute (SGI), an intensive one-month research training program held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland. NINR sponsors the tuition-free SGI to provide nursing graduate students, faculty, and clinicians with a foundation in molecular genetics appropriate for use in research and clinical practice.
SGI participants come from across the country to learn from some of the world’s leading genetics and genomics experts. They split their time between classroom lectures and hands-on lab training, where they learn to use the latest tools and techniques for extracting data from DNA, RNA, and mitochondria. Participants can engage in other NIH events in their spare time, such as the venerable Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series.
With the addition of the latest cohort of 25, approximately 375 SGI graduates are now making a difference in communities across the country—building programs of nursing research in genetics; disseminating the results of genetics-related research in peer-reviewed publications and at scientific conferences; and integrating genetics content in nursing school curricula and practice.
The ultimate goal, as NINR Director Patricia A. Grady said in her opening remarks to SGI participants, is to “prepare nurse scientists for the era of personalized medicine, in which genetic and genomic knowledge will help advance treatments for the ‘symptome,’ including the biological underpinnings of symptoms associated with chronic illness.”
NINR congratulates the SGI Class of 2014! Visit www.ninr.nih.gov/sgi this November to learn more about this outstanding research training opportunity and apply for your spot at SGI 2015.
Photo Caption: SGI Class of 2014 meets NINR Director Dr. Patricia A. Grady.