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 Integrative Genomics
for Health Equity Workshop


Monday, March 20, 2023 | 8:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB), CHOA Seminar Room #1005, 950 Atlantic Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 



A one-day workshop addressing the computational and analytical limitations to the use of integrative genomics and multi-omic profiling to understand and promote health equity. As genomic analysis begins to transform healthcare delivery, by promoting personalized assessment of therapeutic intervention, it is becoming increasingly apparent that both social and genetic determinants of health need to be measured.  Equitable implementation of genomic medicine must evaluate the influences of ancestry as well as socioeconomic status alongside genetics, with effects mediated in part through gene expression and epigenetics.  This workshop will bring together 9 speakers who will present their views on how genomic and non-genomic data can be integrated to guide precision medicine of diverse human populations.  The focus will be on analytical approaches and big data handling needed to advance the field, namely on scientific concerns of interest to IDEaS, rather than social policy issues.


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8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Session 1: Analytical methods for health equity

Elizabeth Atkinson, Assistant Professor, Baylor

Jibril Hirbo, Senior Research Scientist, Vanderbilt

Noah Zaitlen, Associate Professor, UCLA


11:00–1 p.m. | Session 2: Transcriptomics for health equity

Steve Cole, Professor, UCLA

Francesca Luca, Professor, Wayne State University

Greg Gibson, Professor, Georgia Tech

LUNCH | 1:00–2:30

2:30 - 4:30| Session 3: Genetics for health equity

Dorothy Hammond, Senior Bioinformatician, University of Pennsylvania

Rob Meller, Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine

King Jordan, Professor, Georgia Tech


4:45–5:30 | Round-Table Discussion

Led by Joe Lachance, Associate Professor, Georgia Tech



Organizers: Greg Gibson (Regents Professor, School of Biological Sciences)

King Jordan (Professor, Director Bioinformatics Program) |

Joseph Lachance (Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences) |