November 16, 2020

Genes, Equity, and the Biggest Neuropsychiatric Genetics Study in Africa

Over the next few weeks, GMH@Harvard will be featuring a five-part series on the largest mental health genetics study in Africa and the project’s corresponding training initiatives. The study and training efforts are a collaboration between scientists in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, and Boston at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Broad Institute. The series explores issues of equity, ethics, building the next generation of psychiatric geneticists, and what it takes to recruit more than 35,000 people.

Introducing NeuroGAP-Psychosis
Get a glimpse of the study that aims to chip away at what we know about the genetics of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Click here to watch video.

Capacity Building & Training: Dr. Asha Omari
Hear Dr. Felicita Omari speak about ensuring sustainability in global research and the joint efforts of NeuroGAP-Psychosis and GINGER. Click here to watch video.

Addressing Stigma, Advancing Diversity, and Overcoming Inequity 
NeuroGAP-Psychosis scientists explain the taboo around mental illness in Kenya and Uganda and why genetic diversity is so important to the study of mental health disorders. Click here to watch video

Capacity Building & Training: Dr. Allan Kalungi
Hear Dr. Allan Kalungi, former GINGER Research Fellow and recent Brain and Behavior Research Foundation Young Investigator grant recipient, speak about the GINGER program’s impact. Click here to watch video