About this event

  • Date and time Thu 7 Jul 2022 from 5:30pm to 6:35pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Medical Genetics

This webinar is part of the popular Genetics of webinar series and will discuss the challenge of equality and diversity in genomic research and clinical settings and strategies to address this. 

Genomic research has traditionally been focused on caucasian populations, which leads to inherent biases in genomic findings translated into clinical research. Underrepresentation of other populations in genomic datasets and biobanking endeavours leads to genomic medicine services being underutilized and inaccessible to these communities.

During this webinar you will:

  • Understand that genomic data is under-representative of many minority populations which has a direct impact on genomic research
  • Develop an idea of how the scientific community is trying to address this issue
  • Appreciate the challenges of ensuring that diverse communities are able to access the genomic medicine service
  • Describe strategies that are being undertaken to try and improve genomic testing provision within diverse communities

The genetics of… series has been developed following feedback from delegates. Presented by the Medical Genetics section of the Royal Society of Medicine, this series of talks will focus on the role of genetics in different areas of health and wellbeing.

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Registration for this webinar will close 1 hour prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 1 hour before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

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Standard pricing available until 07 July 2022.

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Key speakers

Professor Karoline Kuchenbaecker

Professor of Genetic Epidemiology, University College London

Speaker's biography

Professor Karoline Kuchenbaecker is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at University College London where she leads the “Diversity in Genetics” group. Her research focuses on the genetic and environmental risk factors for diseases by leveraging the unique characteristics of diverse populations. She has developed methodological standards for diverse samples as well as innovative methods to empower locus discovery and to assess transferability of genetic risk factors

Dr Maxine Mackintosh

Programme Lead – Diverse Data, Genomics England

Speaker's biography

Dr Maxine Mackintosh leads the Diverse Data at Genomics England, which aims to reduce health inequalities in genomic medicine by ensuring patients, regardless of their background, receive the same quality of genomics-enabled personalised medicine, supported by the latest research on people like them. Dr Mackintosh is also the co-founder of One HealthTech – a global, volunteer-led, grassroots community that supports and promotes under-represented groups in health innovation. OHT has over 20,000 contributors worldwide across 20 Hubs which have collectively delivered over 1000 events, projects, campaigns and initiatives improving diversity in HealthTech. She has been part of a number of communities and committees including being a Non-Executive Director for the Eastern Academic Health Science Network, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers, and the British Computer Society (Health Exec) and the DeepMind Health Independent Review Board. She also really really likes fancy dress.

Naz Khan

Principal Genetic Counsellor, Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine and Clinical Lead for Equality, Ethnicity and Genetics, Maternity Transformation Programme, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Speaker's biography

Naz Khan is a Principal Genetic Counsellor in Genomic Medicine in Manchester and Clinical Lead Equality, Ethnicity & Genetics within the Maternity Transformation Programme of NHS England and NHS Improvement. Naz has over 15 years’ experience of developing and engaging Pakistani families with genetics and enhancing access to genomics. She has been the lead on a number of service development programs aimed to raise genetic literacy and raise awareness of rare genetic disorders in the Pakistani community.  She co -chairs a national steering group to developing appropriate service responses to the increased risk associated with consanguinity.

Agenda

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Welcome and introduction

Dr Lucy McKay, Chief Executive Officer, Medics 4 Rare Diseases and Dr Shwetha Ramchandrappa, Consultant Clinical Geneticist, Guys and St Thomas’ NHS foundation Trust

The lack of diversity in genomic research: Causes, consequences and ways to address the imbalance

Professor Karoline Kuchenbaecker, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology, University College London

An overview of diverse data at Genomics England

Dr Maxine Mackintosh, Programme Lead – Diverse Data, Genomics England

The challenges of ensuring that diverse communities can access the genomic medicine service

Naz Khan, Principal Genetic Counsellor, Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine and Clinical Lead for Equality, Ethnicity and Genetics, Maternity Transformation Programme, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Panel discussion
Close of meeting

Location

Online

Registration for this webinar will close 1 hour prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 1 hour before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 60 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.  

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