Prioritizing diversity in human genomics research

20 Nov 2017
Lucia A. Hindorff, Vence L. Bonham, Lawrence C. Brody, Margaret E. C. Ginoza, Carolyn M. Hutter, Teri A. Manolio & Eric D. Green


Recent studies have highlighted the imperatives of including diverse and under-represented individuals in human genomics research and the striking gaps in attaining that inclusion.

With its multidecade experience in supporting research and policy efforts in human genomics, the National Human Genome Research Institute is committed to establishing foundational approaches to study the role of genomic variation in health and disease that include diverse populations.

Large-scale efforts to understand biology and health have yielded key scientific findings, lessons and recommendations on how to increase diversity in genomic research studies and the genomic research workforce. Increased attention to diversity will increase the accuracy, utility and acceptability of using genomic information for clinical care.