Progress, and Applications
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Human Genome News Archive Edition
Human Genome News, Jan.-Feb. 1995; 6(5): 14
A National Center for Human Genome Research (NCHGR) staff report has recommended that NIH and DOE terminate U.S. funding at the end of 1996 for the international single-chromosome workshop (SCW) program but continue to encourage applications for individual SCWs as needed. The overall SCW program is coordinated by the Human Genome Organisation (HUGO).
The report was presented January 30 to the NIH National Advisory Council by NCHGR Program Director Elise Feingold. She also recommended that the two agencies expend a maximum of $20,000 per workshop and withhold 50% of travel reimbursement until a meeting report is submitted for publication. Data submission to GDB would be required when abstracts are due to organizers.
The SCW program was initiated early in the Human Genome Project to further mapping goals by bringing together investigators to pool and share up-to-date research data. To improve workshop consistency and productivity, funding agencies and HUGO later developed and refined a set of guidelines that generally have been well accepted in the scientific community.
Feingold noted to the council that the SCW program needed reassessment in light of such mapping achievements as the 2.5-cM human genetic linkage map and rapid progress in human chromosome physical maps.
Daniel Drell, speaking for the DOE Human Genome Program, totally concurred with the report's recommendations.
The two agencies contribute equally to the SCW program, which supports U.S. participants' travel to workshops as well as local arrangements for meetings held in the United States. NIH and DOE spent about $346,000 in 1993 and $443,000 in 1994 for SCWs, with the average cost per meeting around $31,500 and $26,000, respectively. Some 44 investigators participated in each workshop, with an average of 19 from the United States.
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