When Virtual seminar on Thursday 28 September 2023, 4pm – 4.50pm (AEST)
Where Online. Link will be provided in the registration confirmation email.
Registration Registration is free and available here.
Join Australian Genomics’ DNA dialogue seminar, “Unlocking the African genomes for precision medicine”, featuring A/Prof Segun Fatumo from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK.
Populations of European ancestry make up about 86 per cent of genomic studies, while samples from underrepresented groups remain stagnant or are in decline. New genomic initiatives are emerging from Indigenous African populations to address this imbalance and discover novel disease susceptibility genetic loci, refine association signals at new and existing loci, develop and test polygenic scores, assess causal relationships in disease, and develop capacity for genomics research in Africa.
About the speaker
Dr Segun Fatumo is an Associate Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in the UK. He is the head of Non-Communicable Disease Genomics and The African Computational Genomics research groups at the Medical Research Council (MRC) / Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit. He co-led the first major genome-wide association study (GWAS) of cardiometabolic traits in Africa and led the first GWAS of kidney functions in continental African populations. Dr Fatumo is strongly committed to increasing diversity in genomic studies and was recently awarded the prestigious MRC Impact prize for advocating for the inclusion of Africa in genomic research and championing genetic risk prediction of complex diseases in Africa.
About DNA dialogue
With the wealth of genomic expertise internationally, this seminar series is a forum for members of the genomics community in Australia and beyond to learn of new developments in health genomics, and the overseas experience.
The topics are diverse, including data sharing, ethics, carrier screening, cancer genomics, genomics in emerging health systems, and more.
DNA dialogue seminars are held live via zoom and registration is open to anyone working in, or impacted by, medical genomics. You can register for this event here and we encourage you to spread the word about this series.
Register for the entire 2023 series of DNA dialogue here.
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