Inauguration of the Tanzania Society of Human Genetics: Biomedical Research in Tanzania with Emphasis on Human Genetics and Genomics

Mohamed Zahir Alimohamed, Aneth David Mwakilili, Kenneth Mbwanji, Zainab Karim Manji, Frida Kaywang, Kilaza Samson Mwaikono, Ismael Adolf, Julie Makani, Ben Hamel, Collen Masimirembwa, Deus Simon Ishengoma, Siana Nkya

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    Abstract

    Human genetics research and applications are rapidly growing areas in health innovations and services. African populations are reported to be highly diverse and carry the greatest number of variants per genome. Exploring these variants is key to realize the genomic medicine initiative. However, African populations are grossly underrepresented in various genomic databases, which has alerted scientists to address this issue with urgency. In Tanzania, human genetics research and services are conducted in different institutions on both communicable and noncommunicable diseases. However, there is poor coordination of the research activities, often leading to limited application of the research findings and poor utilization of available resources. In addition, contributions from Tanzanian human genetics research and services are not fully communicated to the government, national, and international communities. To address this scientific gap, the Tanzania Society of Human Genetics (TSHG) has been formed to bring together all stakeholders of human genetics activities in Tanzania and to formally bring Tanzania as a member to the African Society of Human Genetics. This article describes the inauguration event of the TSHG, which took place in November 2019. It provides a justification for its establishment and discusses presentations from invited speakers who took part in the inauguration of the TSHG.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalThe American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21-Dec-2020

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