Nursing Research and Practice

Health Disparities in Genomics and Genetics

Publishing date
17 Jan 2014
Submission deadline
31 Aug 2013

Lead Editor

1Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA

2School of Nursing, Brooks College of Health, University of North Florida, USA

3Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health National, Human Genome Research Institute, Bethesda, MD, USA

4Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research, Dillard University and LSU Health Sciences Center Collaborative, New Orleans, LA, USA

5Department of Health Promotion, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Health Disparities in Genomics and Genetics


In 1990, with the promise to revolutionize the science of medicine, the Human Genome Project (HGP) was launched to (among other objectives) map and sequence the human genome. The resounding success of the HGP and its successor initiatives (the International HapMap project and the 1000 Genomes Project) has brought clinical translation closer than ever. Yet skepticism remains as to the best strategies for therapeutic interventions, utilization of genetic services, and dissemination of information, especially among “racialized” populations (i.e., people who are self-described as a visible minority on the 2006 Census). Although some prevention programs now exist to reduce disparities by targeting specific genetic disorders, ethnic minorities remain underrepresented in genetic research and are the last to benefit from the resulting medical advances.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles to stimulate discussion about health disparities in genetics, genomic research, and genomic medicine among racialized populations. Improving the health of racialized populations in the context of genetics requires careful consideration of the systemic issues, health disparities, and public policies that serve as the background of individual risk factors. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Best practices to recruit and retain “racialized” populations in genetic/genomic research
  • Public health policies to reduce/eliminate health disparities in genomic medicine
  • Ancestry and “race” as proxies for disease risk
  • The impact of genetic diversity and differentiation on disease risk in different population groups
  • Examining health disparities in genetic screening and counseling
  • Epigenetics and its impact on diseases among racialized populations
  • The impact and outcome of integrating genetic/genomics into nursing curricula
  • Identifying best practice to stimulate and increase interest in genetics/genomics among practicing ethic minority nurses
  • Identifying the best social marketing strategies for improving awareness and use of pharmacogenomics in the clinic

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  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 324327
  • - Editorial

Health Disparities in Genomics and Genetics

Ida J. Spruill | Jacquelyn Taylor | ... | Willa Doswell
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 328954
  • - Research Article

The Association between KIF6 Single Nucleotide Polymorphism rs20455 and Serum Lipids in Filipino-American Women

Irma B. Ancheta | Cynthia A. Battie | ... | Yvette Conley
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 687519
  • - Research Article

Epigenetic Markers of Renal Function in African Americans

Samantha M. Bomotti | Jennifer A. Smith | ... | Sharon L. R. Kardia
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 410395
  • - Review Article

A Framework to Examine the Role of Epigenetics in Health Disparities among Native Americans

Teresa N. Brockie | Morgan Heinzelmann | Jessica Gill
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 749563
  • - Research Article

Enhancing the Participation of African Americans in Health-Related Genetic Research: Findings of a Collaborative Academic and Community-Based Research Study

Sandra Millon Underwood | Aaron G. Buseh | ... | Leolia Townsend
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 341374
  • - Research Article

Attitudes toward Genetic Testing for Hypertension among African American Women and Girls

Jacquelyn Y. Taylor | Bronwen Peternell | Jennifer A. Smith
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