Addressing Race, Genetic Ancestry and Diversity


The IHG is pleased to spotlight the publication of two important papers written by IHG members, based on their scientific knowledge and their own personal histories. Both papers were published in February 2021 in the New England Journal of Medicine. We celebrate our members engaged in these high level discussions about race, genetic ancestry, diversity and racism in research and healthcare.

Embracing Genetic Diversity to Improve Black Health

Akinyemi Oni-Orisan, Pharm.D., Ph.D.*†, Yusuph Mavura, M.S.*, Yambazi Banda, Ph.D.*, Timothy A. Thornton, Ph.D.*, and Ronnie Sebro, M.D., Ph.D.*
*  Lamond Family Foundation Fellows at UCSF (past and present)
IHG Faculty

Race and Genetic Ancestry in Medicine – A Time for Reckoning with Racism

Luisa N. Borrell, D.D.S., Ph.D., Jennifer R. Elhawary, M.D., Elena Fuentes-Afflick, M.D., M.P.H., Jonathan Witonsky, M.D., Nirav Bhakta, M.D., Ph.D., Alan H.B. Wu, Ph.D., Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Ph.D., M.D., José R. Rodriguez-Santana, M.D., Michael A. Lenoir, M.D., James R. Gavin III, M.D., Ph.D., Rick A. Kittles, Ph.D., Noah A. Zaitlen, Ph.D., David S. Wilkes, M.D., Neil R. Powe, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., Elad Ziv, M.D.†, and Esteban G. Burchard, M.D., M.P.H.†
IHG Faculty

Representing different yet interconnected areas of focus is the work of two committees chartered by the IHG: the DEI & AntiRacism in Genetics Education Working Group and the IHG Committee on Genetics & Society. With their combined expertise in genetic research and genomic medicine, members are deeply engaged in discussions about health disparities, social justice, bias, and racism in the classroom and clinical environment. A primary goal of both groups is to provide recommendations to UCSF leadership regarding the importance and role of human genetics in human health and how to most appropriately integrate genetics into both health care and education in a fashion that is both accurate and antiracist.

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