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Symposium announcement

Closing the Genomics Research Gap
Inequalities in Genomics Research and Health
 (And What To Do About Them)

June 15-17, 2018

The McGill Genome Centre, with the support of the Gairdner Foundation, is organizing a series of events from June 15-17, 2018 that will address the needs for equity in face of the genomic revolution in health care.

The three-day series will include scientific sessions, training and public lectures from world leaders in genomics, medicine and related disciplines, and policy makers.

The scientific sessions, to be held on June 16th and 17th, will examine the issues and outline concrete strategies to ensure that all can benefit from genomic approaches to medicine.

The questions to be addressed include:  

  • How should we design studies that account for diversity while avoiding confounders?
  • How should genomic research be performed to build trust and promote engagement from diverse communities?
  • Can statistical methods help compensate for sampling biases?
  • How do we account for research disparities in clinical care?
  • What incentives should be in place to encourage representative research?

The afternoon of the June 15th will be devoted to training in statistical methods for genetic research in ethnically diverse populations.

An evening of public lectures, along with questions and answers, on Genomes, History, and Medicine will be held on June 15.
The public lectures will be given by Dr. Lluis Quintana-Murci, Institut Pasteur, Paris and from Dr. Joanna Mountain, 23andMe, Mountain View, California.

Attendance at all events is free of charge but registration is mandatory. For more information and to register, please visit the event website or contact

More information, agenda and registration.