CTSI Community of Scholars Seminar Series - Alicia Martin PhD - " Genomics for the world: a comprehensive framework for genetic studies in diverse populations"

DATE: April 23, 2024

TIME: 12:00 PM

LOCATION: In person, Murphy Family Seminar Room 5019 A+B, Clinical and Translational Science Research Center, 875 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, and online via Zoom.

Alicia Martin, PhD -Assistant Professor, Broad Institute of Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Genomic studies have matured over the last decade and are poised to improve biomedical outcomes via precision medicine. The primary ethical and scientific obstacle preventing their imminent and routine translation, however, is that they are vastly Eurocentric — current studies would provide systematically greater benefits to European descent populations than to those already most underserved. Moreover, multi-ethnic studies create major scientific opportunities missed by Eurocentric studies. They uniquely inform the extent to which heritable and environmental factors are shared or population specific. To realize equitable benefits of genetics in precision medicine, she is developing analytical methods, tools, community resources, and massive data analyses to facilitate genetic studies across diverse ancestries. In this talk, Dr. Martin will focus on work advancing gene-discovery efforts in globally diverse populations using large-scale meta-analysis across global biobanks. Additionally, she will describe work underway setting up the largest genetic studies of psychiatric phenotypes in underrepresented populations, including over 120,000 participants spanning Latin America and Africa. Lastly, Dr. Martin will describe work evaluating how genetic and exposure risks together predict disease outcomes in diverse populations.

Hosting this seminar is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Jamal B. Williams, PhD. “Dr. Martin is developing novel tools that consider multi-ethnic populations and rolling back the exclusion of certain ancestral groups in genetic research that diminish precision medicine capabilities,” says Williams. This Community of Scholars Seminar is co-sponsored by the CTSI K Scholar Program and the Departments of Psychiatry and of Biochemistry.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Morgann Clark Schaefer, morgannc@buffalo.edu

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