2018 SACNAS, San Antonio, TX

SACNAS, San Antonio, TX, 2018

The Importance of Diversity in Precision Medicine Research

Narrative:  National efforts are underway to ascertain one million participants for precision medicine research and an intense interest in ensuring this cohort is diverse across multiple dimensions.  We provide here an overview of the importance of diversity in precision medicine research highlighting examples ranging form genomic discovery to clinical applications.

Session Goals:  As a result of this session, participants will be able to

  • Define precision medicine
  • Define multiple dimensions of diversity relevant for precision medicine
  • Describe study designs and strategies that leverage genetic ancestry for genomic discovery
  • Describe the process and ethics of developing clinical applications for precision medicine
  • Consider training in careers in the biomedical sciences

Intended audience:  The primary intended audience includes graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and professionals or faculty interested in genomic research with an emphasis on diverse populations.  Undergraduate audience members may also be interested in these talks, which may inspire them to pursue biomedical research or clinical translational fields.

Speakers/Chair:

Speaker:  William S. Bush, Assistant Professor, Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Institute for Computational Biology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

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Speaker:  Janina M. Jeff, Global Bioinformatics Specialist, Illumina, New York, NY

Population Aware Screening Arrays:  An Economic Solution for the Future of Precision Medicine and Powering Genomic Discoveries Across the World

Chair and Speaker:  Dana C. Crawford, Associate Professor, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Institute for Computational Biology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

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Dana Crawford

Dana Crawford

Associate Professor of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences and Assistant Director of the Institute for Computational Biology, with interest in pharmacogenomics, electronic health records, and diverse populations. Also, an avid foodie!

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