Dr. Weldon To Speak At Genomics Equity Series

April 20, 2023

Dr. Carika Weldon Bermuda Oct 9 2020CariGenetics Founder and CEO Dr Carika Weldon will be one of two featured guests during the Genomics Equity Series, a monthly online series hosted by the Diverse Data Initiative at Genomics England on Thursday, 20 April, 2023.

A spokesperson said, “Dr Weldon, along with Charles Kwaku-Odoi, Chief Officer of the Caribbean and African Health Network [CAHN], will be discussing the topic Engagement and Research within the Caribbean Community.

“She will be discussing the lack of inclusion of the Caribbean genome in global datasets and the role CariGenetics will play in changing this.

“To obtain a ticket to the free live event visit here. The hour-long discussion begins at 11am AST/3pm BST.”

The event page states, “Dr. Weldon will speak on the lack of inclusion of the Caribbean genome in global datasets and how her new start-up, CariGenetics, is set to increase genetic research in the region conducted by local researchers.

“Although only 0.5% of the world population, the Caribbean is the only place with traces of DNA from all over the world due to the history of enslavement, indentured servants and colonialism.

“For this reason, the Caribbean presents the perfect sample to give maximum diversity and impact for global advances in precision medicine. Research conducted by CariGenetics will inform existing science about how region-specific genomes have relevant differences.”

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