UNT conference brings together transdisciplinary group to diversify reference human genome and advance health equity

Friday, October 22, 2021 - 16:26

What: Virtual Conference on Diversifying Genomics II: Reducing Health Disparities: Actively engaging the Community, Researchers, & Community Health Leaders

When: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Nov. 5 (Friday) and Nov. 6 (Saturday)

Where: Online; View full schedule on the conference website.  

Registration: Visit the conference website to register.


In 2020, researchers and national health leaders across the nation joined UNT to begin discussions on reducing health disparities in the context of ancestral genomics and diversifying the Reference Human Genome.  

“We exited with a clear understanding that this endeavor would not simply be a question of collecting and sequencing biospecimen from the marginalized populations. There are community emotional and researchers' behavioral issues to be reconciled first,” said Denise Perry Simmons, conference series program director and cancer biologist in the UNT Biothermal Cancer Detection Research Group. “We must not overlook health in this underlying concept of unnecessary death.”

This year’s conference will bring together marginalized communities, researchers and national health leaders. Researchers and national health leaders will present their work and developments in reducing health disparities. Communities and their health leaders will examine concerns about participating in clinical research. This Communication-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) forum will provide a model for relationship building and steps toward reducing health disparities and advancing health equity. A full list of speakers can be found on the conference website.  

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