Including diverse populations in genomics and post-genomics is considered a scientific and clinical imperative. In recent years, resounding global calls to fill diversity gaps in genomics have prompted a profound reflection on barriers, challenges and opportunities related to this goal, and sparked renewed discussions about equity, diversity, and inclusion best practices. By convening diverse stakeholders, including researchers, clinicians, community members, research funders, knowledge users, representative of the industry, this international two-day symposium will highlight the importance and value of inclusion and diversity in genomics to advance our understanding of the mechanisms of diseases and to promote health equity. It will also present best practices for making the genomics research enterprise diverse, inclusive, and beneficial to all. Lessons learned from international research initiatives engaging with diverse populations will be showcased, as well as those arising from genomic studies in Quebec and Canada.
Maxine Mackintosh, our Programme Lead for Diverse Data is speaking at the event.
This event is organized and supported by the McGill Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Genomic Medicine and the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Genetics.