Silent Genomes: Economics of Precision Diagnosis in Indigenous Children

Mar 11, 2024 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
700 - 828 W. 10 Ave., VGH Research Pavilion or Online via Zoom
Dean Regier

Genomic testing is used to diagnose genetic causes of childhood rare diseases. Genomic testing benefits are not equitably distributed to Indigenous peoples because they are underrepresented in the variant libraries needed for results interpretation. Research-based whole-genome sequencing can provide additional diagnoses to Indigenous families. Translating whole-genome sequencing benefits into real-world clinical settings should aim for safe, valued, and accessible implementation, led by Indigenous voices. This talk will provide a brief overview of our Indigenous-partnered Silent Genomes project that looked at how to evolve economic approaches to understand the role of genomic testing to diagnose rare conditions in Indigenous children.

Our learning objectives are to:

  1. Discuss Indigenous-partnered research related to economics, innovation, and access;
  2. Overview preliminary outcomes of examining the potential role of genomic testing for diagnosing rare disease in children.


Please contact Pamela Lee ( for attendance details.