Mar 08

Andrew Markus Visiting Scholar in Medical Ethics at Oxford

Andrew Markus Visiting Scholar in Medical Ethics at Oxford

Green Templeton College and the Ethox Centre, University of Oxford


The position of Visiting Scholar is to be awarded annually to a practising medical doctor (physician) with an interest in medical ethics. It provides an opportunity for a clinician to carry out research in medical ethics and to take part in the academic and College life of the University of Oxford. More information about this award can be found on the Ethox Centre website


The deadline for proposals for the year 2017 – 2018 is 24 April 2017

Mar 08

NIH-Training program for Candidates from Lower and Middle Income Countries – International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics, Bethesda, MD, USA: Aug 30 – Sept 30, 2017

After a grand success of the 1st  International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics in 2016, NIH has just announced the 2nd International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics will be hosted at NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, USA from Aug 30th -Sept. 30th, 2017.  Several NIH institutes/ICs are participating in the NIH wide training program. Applications for the month-long training program from qualified candidates from Lower and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) are being invited. The application period is open now and will remain open (rolling application) until all twenty seats (NIH wide) are filled with qualified candidates.  More information on the program can be found at the following webpage.

2017 International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics ( )

Here is a list of Lower and Middle Income Countries (LMIC):

The main NIH contact for the program is Ms. Manjit Kaur at NIH-NHGRI (Email: Please direct all inquiries to Ms. Kaur at NHGRI-NIH.


Please spread the word through your networks and help identify talented and deserving candidates for this year’s Summit. I encourage you to share the information widely amongst your friends, colleagues, students, fellows and collaborators, and help recruit deserving candidates from the low-middle income countries, for the Summit. NIH looks forward to recruiting and training professionals, who will pursue research in genetics and genomics, in their respective disciplines.

Mar 08

Research with pregnant women

Some progress in this area with regards to cholera vaccination for pregnant women– might be useful to share with our prospective incoming funded fellows too.

Mar 08

ICH-GCP ‘Renovation’

ICH Reflection on “GCP Renovation”: Modernization of ICH E8 and Subsequent Renovation of ICH E6

ICH is inviting public review and comment on a reflection paper on Good Clinical Practice (GCP) “Renovation”, which contains the ICH proposal for further modernization of the ICH Guidelines related to clinical trial design, planning, management, and conduct. The scope of the proposed renovation includes the current E8 General Considerations for Clinical Trials and further revision to the E6 Guideline for Good Clinical Practice, which is already undergoing modernization with the recent production of ICH E6(R2).

The reflection paper is available for download via the following link:

– Reflection paper on GCP Renovation


The goal of the potential renovation is to provide updated guidance that is both appropriate and flexible enough to address the increasing diversity of study types and data sources that are being employed to support regulatory and other health policy decisions, as appropriate. The underlying principles of human subject protection and data quality would remain. ICH’s decision to invite stakeholder comment on the proposed renovations at this early stage, ahead of guideline development efforts, recognises the considerable stake and relevant expertise in the research community beyond ICH.

The seeking of stakeholder comment on the current reflection paper is seen as a first step in an enhancement of the ICH process with respect to public consultation for the revision of ICH E8 and E6. The GCP Renovation reflection paper outlines additional steps that are also being considered to enhance stakeholder engagement.

Stakeholders are invited to submit any comments to
All comments should be submitted before the closing date for public comment, which is March 11, 2017. ICH will review the comments received to determine whether to make revisions to the currently proposed approach. The aim is to proceed with initiating needed renovation work as soon as practical, for example, within the next year.

Mar 08

NLM Genetics resources for researchers, teachers and students

The National Library of Medicine (NLM®) and other National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutes offer many genetic information resources:

Genetics Resources at NLM:

•GeneEd provides links to teacher and student resources.

•Genetics and Genomics is an online subject guide linking to a selection of introductory resources.

•Genetics Home Reference™ is a guide to understanding effects of genetic variations on human health and links to more resources.

• links to a variety of health, education, research, news, and grants resources.

•Health Information for Genetic Disorders: search for “genetics” to see several pages of interest.

•MedlinePlus® health topic pages link to general and disease-specific sources of information. Some topic pages are: ◦Genetic Disorders

◦Genes and Gene Therapy

◦Genetic Testing

◦Genetic Counseling

◦Genetics/Birth Defects Index

•Office of Rare Diseases Research (ORDR) page links to many genetic and rare disease information resources, including the Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center with specialists who answer questions and suggest sources for more information.

•OMIM®, Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man®, is a comprehensive, authoritative compendium of human genes and genetic phenotypes.

•Genetic Testing Registry (GTR) can be used to find information about conditions and phenotypes by searching for disease names, traits, drugs, proteins, and analytes (the sample analyzed).

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