IGNITE Genomic Demonstration Projects

IGNITE Genomic Demonstration Projects (IGNITE GDP) began as a NIH-funded network dedicated to supporting the implementation of genomics in healthcare. The network was originally comprised of six research sites, a coordinating center, a steering committee, and working and interest groups. As the network has evolved, an updated structure has been implemented. Learn more about the current IGNITE Network.


Starting in 2013, NIH selected six genomic medicine research sites for 4 years of funding. These research sites were tasked with finding ways to incorporate genomic information into electronic medical records and develop clinical decision support for providers across diverse healthcare settings.

To that end, the IGNITE Network also disseminates the methods and best practices its members develop in order to advance the implementation of genomics in healthcare. One outlet for public distribution is the SPARK Toolbox, which provides genomic medicine resources for clinicians and researchers.

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Original Research Sites and Principal Investigators

  • Teri Manolio, MD, PhD, Director, Division of Genomic Medicine, NHGRI
  • Ebony Madden, PhD, Program Director, NHGRI
  • Heather Junkins, MS, Program Director, NHGRI
  • Kelly Filipski, PhD, Program Director, NCI
  • Colette Fletcher-Hoppe, Senior Program Analyst, NHGRI

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