The Gairdner Foundation and McGill University present

Closing the genomics research gap

A Symposium About Inequalities in Genomics Research and Health
 (And What To Do About Them)

Venue: McGill University, Montreal (Canada)

Date: June 15-17, 2018

Organizers: Simon Gravel and Mark Lathrop

Genome-based medicine is at the heart of a revolution in medical care. There is broad agreement on the need for genomic studies to be more representative of all populations so that people everywhere benefit from improved health outcomes. After years of effort, the representation gap has finally begun to shrink.  

Yet there is considerable uncertainty about how best to continue this effort:

  • 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 goal of this symposium is to bring together leaders in medical genomics, statistical genetics and community engagement to address these questions and examine concrete strategies to ensure that all can benefit from genomics research.