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Future Directions in Genomics and Health Equity Research

Event Details

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will host a virtual workshop entitled “Future Directions in Genomics and Health Equity Research” on April 6-7. The goal of the workshop is to identify research gaps and opportunities that will help to decrease health disparities and improve health equity in genomics. The workshop will emphasize the scientific value of diversity and inclusion as well as identify and prioritize future research needs in genomics to advance health equity. It will also explore best practices for making genomic data, technology and genomically informed healthcare ethical, representative, accessible and beneficial to all. 

Meeting Summary (PDF)

Workshop Packet (PDF)

April 6 10:00 AM – 2:15 PM Eastern
April 7 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Eastern


Recorded Video


Day 1: April 6

  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. Welcome and Introduction of Workshop Goals and Objectives
    Speakers: Lucia Hindorff, Ph.D. and Ebony Madden, Ph.D., National Human Genome Research Institute

  • 10:10 a.m.  -  10:20 a.m. Connecting NHGRI’s Strategic Vision for Genomics with Health Equity
    Speaker: Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., National Human Genome Research Institute

  • 10:20 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Talk: Setting the Stage: A Vision for Health Equity in Genomics
    Speaker: Nancy Cox, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Panel: Moving Forward: From Health Disparities to Health Equity in Genomics

    Esteban Burchard, Ph.D., MPH, University of California, San Francisco
    Vanessa Hiratsuka, Ph.D., MPH, University of Alaska Anchorage
    Latrice Landry, M.S., Ph.D., M.Sc., Harvard University
    Maya Sabatello, LLB, Ph.D.,Columbia University

    Eliseo Pérez-Stable, M.D., National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

  • 12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

  • 12:15 p.m. - 12:55 p.m. Talk: Current Research in Genomics and Health Equity
    Speaker: John Carpten, Ph.D., University of Southern California

  • 12:55 p.m. - 1:55 p.m. Panel: Identifying Research Gaps and Opportunities

    Rick Kittles, Ph.D., City of Hope
    Loren Saulsberry, Ph.D., University of Chicago
    Michael Inouye, Ph.D., University of Cambridge

    Chanita Hughes-Halbert, Ph.D., University of Southern California

  • 1:55 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Moderated Discussion: End of Day 1 Check-in / Preparing for Day 2
    Moderator: Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, Ph.D., Columbia University


Day 2: April 7

  • 11:00 - 11:10 a.m. Building a Genomic Science Health Equity Research Agenda
    Speaker: Vence Bonham, Jr., J.D., National Human Genome Research Institute

  • 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Talk: Current Challenges in Genomic Research and Genomic Medicine That Lead to Health Disparities
    Speakers:  James Hildreth, Ph.D., M.D., Meharry Medical College and Genevieve Wojcik, Ph.D., MHS, Johns Hopkins University

  • 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Panel: Addressing Structural Factors Needed to Support Health Equity Research in Genomics

    Kellan Baker, Ph.D., Whitman-Walker Institute
    Rene Begay, M.S., C.P.H., University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
    Faith Fletcher, Ph.D, M.A., Baylor College of Medicine
    Neil Risch, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco

    Carol Horowitz, M.D., MPH, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Breakout Groups (Participants will join one of five breakout groups)

    1. Social Determinants of Health and Genomic Equity
      Leaders: Tabia Henry Akintobi, Ph.D., M.P.H., Morehouse School of Medicine and Nanibaa’ Garrison, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
    2. Structural Factors
      Leader: Malia Fullerton, D.Phil, University of Washington and Nita A. Limdi, Pharm.D., Ph.D., MSPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    3. From Bench to Bedside: the Implementation Science of Genomics and Health Equity
      Leaders: Denise Dillard, Ph.D., Southcentral Foundation and Elizabeth Ofili, M.D., M.P.H., FACC, Morehouse School of Medicine
    4. Data Science Genomics Equity
      Leaders: Valentina Di Francesco, M.S., National Human Genome Research Institute and Jeff Leek, Ph.D., M.S., John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    5. Health Equity Research in ELSI
      Leader: Catherine Hammack-Aviran, M.A., J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Benjamin Wilfond, M.D., Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • 1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Breakout Groups Report Back

  • 1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

  • 2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. UNITE Presentation
    Speaker: Leia Butler, J.D., National Institutes of Health
    Moderator: Lawrence Brody, Ph.D., National Human Genome Research Institute

  • 2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. All of Us Presentation
    Speaker: Karriem Watson, DHSc, M.S., M.P.H., National Institutes of Health
    Moderator: Lawrence Brody, Ph.D., National Human Genome Research Institute

  • 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Polling and Prioritization of Recommendations; Measuring Success; Summary and Wrap-up Discussion
    Moderator: Judy Cho, M.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Request an Accommodation

This event will be presented with real-time captioning. American Sign Language interpreting services are available upon request. Individuals who need interpreting services and/or other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should contact Britny Kish at britny.kish@nih.gov or the NIH Interpreting Office directly at nih@ainterpreting.com. Requests should be made at least five business days in advance in order to ensure interpreter availability.

Last updated: May 16, 2022