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Genetic project calls for 100 000 volunteers from Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities in east London

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1415 (Published 13 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1415
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

One of the world’s biggest community genetics studies has been launched with a call for 100 000 volunteers from the Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities in east London. Genetic data will be linked with health records held by local general practices with the aim of understanding better the links between genes and health in these close-knit communities.

David van Heel of Queen Mary University of London, who is coordinating the study, said that South Asian people had some of the highest rates of poor health in the United Kingdom but were markedly under-represented in medical research and less likely than others to benefit from advances in genetics. “We aim to change that,” he …

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