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Facing up to the genomic gap: Tackling equality and diversity in genomics

July 7 2022 @ 5:30 PM - 6:35 PM

About this event

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.

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. 

With any Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) test ordered, a Record of Discussion (RoD) form will also need to be submitted. This document is to record the patient’s consent for genomic testing and their choice on taking part in research. Guidance on the patient choice conversation can be found here
This RoD form will be available for clinicians to download from this webpage. Once completed with the patient, it can be send to the lab with the corresponding test order form and sample.
Tests available to order will be listed in the National Genomic Test Directory. A test order form will soon be made available for clinicians on this webpage to download and complete. This form will include the address of the laboratory that the appropriate sample and completed form needs to be sent to.
Until the new Genomic Laboratory Service goes live, please continue to follow existing test order processes.
Later this year, the online test ordering tool for Whole Genome Sequencing will be integrated into the National Genomics Informatics System (NGIS) and clinicians will be able to search or filter to find a clinical indication, confirm eligibility criteria and start the test request process for their patient.