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UNT Transdisciplinary Conference on Ancestral Genomics

04/17/20 - 04/18/20     Denton, TX

A Conference that Moves us Beyond Race to Embrace Ancestral Genomics
April 17 & 18, at the University of North Texas 

This inaugural two-day Conference will launch an annual 5 year series, bringing together leaders in the fields of ancestral genomics, evolutionary history, nutrition and other relevant fields as they relate to underrepresented populations.  

The April 2020 meeting will focus on testing new theoretical models developed to lend insights into "paradoxes" in the medical literature relating to six disease susceptibilities in African-Americans of slave descent.  Future meetings will use these innovative methodologies to tackle the role of ancestral genomics and disease susceptibilities in global populations as well as underrepresented demographic groups in the U.S., which include Latinos/Hispanics and Native Americans.  

The upcoming forum will also bring together specialists from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation,  National Library of Medicine, the Cooperative Human Tissue Network, the Food and  Nutrition Board, Precision Medicine and the National Center for Biotechnology Information to educate our research community on industry standards for ancestral genomic approaches.  

A call for abstracts has been issued. Abstracts must by submitted by Jan. 15, 2020.