GSA News

February 16, 2011   


Manuscripts are now being accepted by GSA’s new journal, G3: Genes | Genomes | Genetics, a peer-reviewed, peer-edited fully open access journal to be published in June 2011.  G3 will emphasize data quality and utility in foundational research, rapid publication, and links between the data and associated articles.  For more information, see the G3 link above.  To submit a manuscript, contact

The abstract submission site is now open for the 18th International C. elegans Meeting, June 22-26, 2011 at UCLADeadline for submission:  March 24, 2011.

Mark your calendar! The Genetics 2012:  Model Organisms to Human Biology Meeting, which highlights model organism research and its link to human biology is set for June 17-20, 2012 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC.  GSA President Paul Sternberg is organizing the meeting.  Watch e-News and The GSA Reporter for more information on Genetics 2012 as it becomes available.

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are reminded that the deadline for applying to GSA’s DeLill Nasser Travel Award Program is March 15, 2011. Awards will be announced in April 2011 and are to be used for meetings, conferences or courses taking place between July 1 and December 31, 2011. 

Nominations are open for GSA’s Excellence in Research Journalism Award.  If, in the past year (2010) you read an interesting and enlightening article about genetics or viewed a TV or online broadcast of the subject by a journalist and you still can’t forget it, then nominate the story for GSA’s 2nd annual Excellence in Research Journalism Award.  Deadline for nominations:  March 21, 2011.


The federal budget has been released by the House Appropriations Committee and the NIH budget would be cut by $1.6B (5.2%) below the current level.  Funding levels for some agencies will return to 2008 levels.  The House of Representatives will be voting on this tomorrow, so we urge you to call your Representative’s office and register your views on these cuts now. FASEB has provided the necessary information and instructions for calling at their website.

The National Health Council (NHC), an organization “that brings together all segments of the health care community” is partnering with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to give unfunded NIH proposals for health research another opportunity for funding.   NHC and NIH have developed a Health Research Funding database “designed to bring researchers with peer-reviewed, worthwhile, unfunded projects together with patient advocacy organizations and other funding sources.”  For more information see the link above.

Educational Opportunities

Undergraduate students are offered a summer biomedical research internship program, June 13-August 5, 2011, hosted by the Center of Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine (CHDMM) of Loma Linda University School of Medicine and funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Students between their sophomore and junior year enrolled in colleges and universities nationwide are encouraged to apply. For more information, see the link above.  To apply online, click here.  Application Deadline:  March 15, 2011.

The University of Washington, Seattle, is offering at its South Campus Center the 16th Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics, June 13 – July 1, 2011.  The Institute is “designed to introduce geneticists to modern methods of statistical analysis and to introduce statisticians to the statistical challenges posed by modern genetic data.”  Some scholarships for registration fees and travel are available for students who apply by April 1, 2011Deadline for early registration:  May 16, 2011


During the past several years, complex trait mapping in humans has progressed by leaps and bounds. An article in the February issue of GENETICS details the historical developments that enabled the current explosion of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in humans, the current state of the art of complex trait mapping, and what we have learned so far. The authors provide a glimpse into the future of GWAS and potential areas of exploration.

Last month NIGMS released a “Strategic Plan for Biomedical and Behavioral Research Training,” which highlights workforce needs in the science and the research community and how NIH, academic institutions, faculty and trainees can “influence the activities and outcomes of students and postdoctoral scholars.”  The 28-page report, written by an in-house NIGMS committee, reminds faculty members that diversity, both in population and in the type of careers pursued by trainees is good and should be encouraged.   



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