The Centre for Global Health Research contributes towards improving the health of some of the world’s poorest people by equipping high-calibre researchers to undertake excellent research that will impact on important, locally relevant global health problems.
Recent scientific advances in genetics and genomics could contribute to major improvements for human health. However, these advances will only widen the existing equity gap between high-income countries and low- and middle- income countries (LMICs). LMICs often bear the burden of poor health if their populations, scientists and health practitioners are not fully engaged.
The gap has driven an expansion in funding for genomic research in Africa, so there is an urgent need to support the development of LMIC researchers in genomic science within a framework that addresses the ethical, legal and social implications of such research for individuals and their communities.