Report of the American Society of Human Genetics Ancestry Inference Roundtable – Malia Fullerton


Malia Fullerton:
Good afternoon, everyone. First, I just want to thank you all so much for still being here.
It’s always hard to be the last session of the day, or close to the last session of the
day, but very glad you’re here. My name is Malia Fullerton, I’m professor of bioethics
and humanities at the University of Washington in Seattle, and I was a participant in the
Genetic Ancestry Roundtable that Dr. Bonham just described. We’re going to spend the next
few minutes — me, as moderator, and our two speakers — telling you a little bit about
the roundtable, what we’ve been talking about, and how our conversations relate to the amazingly
diverse array of discussions that we have been privileged to be a part of today. So the two panelists and myself. The first
panelist is Charmaine Royal. And so Charmaine and Mike, who I will introduce in a little
bit more detail in a second, were the leaders of the roundtable; they were the people who
did all of the hard work of bringing us together in this conversation. Charmaine is associate
professor of African and African-American studies, as well Genomics and Policy, at Duke
University. She has been leading efforts on behalf of the American Society of Human Genetics
with regard to thinking about genetic ancestry testing and our role as genetic professionals
in the use and application of genetic ancestry testing for many years. And then she was co-led in this effort of
producing the roundtable with Dr. Michael Bamshad, who is professor of Pediatrics and
division chief for the Division of Genome Medicine, also at the University of Washington
in Seattle. And so Charmaine and Mike did all the heavy lifting, and they are going
to come up and tell us a little bit about the kinds of things we’ve been talking about
for the last few days. Charmaine will come up first, and then Mike and I will join her
up at the front, and we will open it up for your questions and some broader discussion.
Charmaine.

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