Can-GARD/CCMG – The Leading Strand Series December 2022

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This series is for genetics health professionals led by the Canadian College of Medical Genetics and co-sponsored by Can-GARD. Speakers will be translation-focused researchers, clinicians and innovators.  The series will help attendees anticipate, access, and apply new approaches and technologies for patient care.

Overview of Diversity in Genomics Research and Medicine
This talk will provide an overview of diversity in genomics research and medicine, including representation from different social and cultural groups. We will discuss the history and definitions of “race”, “ethnicity”, and “ancestry” as well as their current uses in genetics and genomic medicine. Audience members will reflect on their own work and deliberate best practices related to the use of population descriptors as categorical variables.
Learning Objectives – by the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Identify conceptual issues related to the use of categorical population descriptors in genetics and genomic medicine.
  • Assess current practices in clinical genetics research and medicine around the use of race, ethnicity, and ancestry.
  • Decide on appropriate and inappropriate applications of population descriptors in future work.

Alice Popejoy, Epidemiology


Dr. Alice Popejoy

Alice Popejoy, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Epidemiology Division of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis Health). She is also an Associate Member of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Popejoy’s research program in public health genetics is situated at the intersections of evolutionary genomics, biomedical data science, statistical genetics, and the attending ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI). She is currently focused on innovation and methods development to fundamentally shift the way human populations are categorized in biomedical research, epidemiology, and precision medicine. She received her B.A. from Hamilton College and her Ph.D. in public health genetics from the University of Washington.




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