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Diverse Data

The initiative aims to reduce health inequalities and improve patient outcomes in genomic medicine for minoritised communities.

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The Diverse Data vision

Our vision is that all patients, regardless of their background, receive the same quality of genomics-enabled personalised medicine, supported by the latest research on people like them.

Read and comment on a live version of our strategy to see our plans and input into our design.

Visualisation of data bias by Stef Posavec

People of European genetic ancestry represent ~80%

of people in genome-wide association studies (GWAS)

Some polygenic risk scores are ~4x

more accurate for people of European genetic ancestry than of African genetic ancestry

7% of significant associations

have been discovered in individuals of African ancestry

while only 2%

of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) participants are of African genetic ancestry

Through the initiative we hope to:

Earn the trust of diverse communities in personalised medicine

Expand and improve genomics research with diverse populations

Improve prognosis, diagnosis, treatment, and care involving genomics for diverse populations

Our focus areas

Sickle cell

We aim to create a world-leading genomic dataset and patient-designed research agenda for genomic sickle cell research.

Maternal health

Partnering with community groups and research studies to improve understanding of maternal inequalities, particularly preterm birth.

Equity in genomic medicine and research

We aim to embed equity into all the work that we do at Genomics England and support the wider ecosystem to do the same.

Emerging technologies and methods

We aim to explore new approaches and technologies, and how they can further our understanding of human genetic variation, for everyone.

How we tackle our focus areas:

Research & discovery: Understand the data gap

Improve our understanding of genomic diversity by reviewing, stimulating and conducting research into diversity and its impacts on scientific, clinical and health system outcomes.

Community & engagement: Close the gaps, together

Convene and work with patient, genomic and data communities to design, develop and implement equity-enhancing strategies.

Sequencing & data: Fill the data gap

Increase the volume and depth of genomic data available on individuals from under-represented groups by sequencing genomes, and generating, linking and facilitating better access to data from diverse populations.

Products, tools, & behaviours: Bridge the data gap

Work with clinicians, analysts, researchers, patients, and community groups to develop tools, and processes to improve research, service-delivery practices, recruitment and care.

Latest blogs from the Diverse Data team

Often work is shared at the end and has a shiny, positive slant to it. Issues of data diversity can raise complex scientific, technical as well as social and emotional debates. The Diverse Data Initiative aims to share more during the process to show the journey, and hopefully encourage others to course direct. To learn more about how the team works, interim outputs and what we’re thinking, have a read of our blogs.

By Chris Wigley on

Our CEO Chris Wigley shares some of his hopes and dreams for the future of Genomics England, the patients and participants we serve, and the wider genomics landscape.

See all Diverse Data blogs

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