Keynote Lecture

Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., Director of National Human Genome Research Institute

Dr. Eric Green is the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is the third NHGRI director, having been appointed by NIH director Dr. Francis Collins in 2009.

Dr. Green has been at the Institute for more than 25 years, during which he has had multiple key leadership roles. He served as the Institute’s scientific director for 7 years, chief of the NHGRI Genome Technology Branch for 13 years, and founding director of the NIH Intramural Sequencing Center for 12 years.

For just over two decades, Dr. Green directed an independent research program that included integral start-to-finish roles in the Human Genome Project and groundbreaking work on mapping, sequencing, and characterizing mammalian genomes.

Dr. Green earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in 1987 from Washington University in St. Louis; coincidentally, the word “genomics” was coined in that same year.

During his career, Dr. Green has authored and co-authored over 370 scientific publications.

Abstract: The Human Genome Project was just the Beginning: Research Opportunities at ‘The Forefront of Genomics’, Eric D. GreenNational Institutes of Health

The coming decade offers great promise for the field of human genomics. Starting with the launch of the Human Genome Project three decades ago, genomics has become progressively entrenched within the bedrock of the biomedical research enterprise. Capitalizing on the momentum of the project’s successful completion in 2003, genomics now regularly plays a central and catalytic role in basic and translational research, and studies increasingly demonstrate the vital role that genomic information can play in clinical care. Looking ahead, the anticipated advances in technology development, biological insights, and clinical applications (among others) will lead to more widespread integration of genomics into virtually all areas of biomedical research, the adoption of genomics into mainstream medical and public-health practices, and an increasing relevance of genomics in everyday life. On behalf of the research community, the National Human Genome Research Institute recently completed a thorough, multi-year process of strategic engagement to capture input about the future research priorities and opportunities in human genomics, with an emphasis on health applications. This process revealed the highest-priority elements envisioned for the cutting-edge of human genomics going forward – that is, at The Forefront of Genomics.