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The importance of diversity for sickle cell disease

A conversation between Vivienne Parry and Dame Sally Davies, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and former Chief Medical Officer

This conversation features Dame Sally Davies with Vivienne Parry, where they discuss the importance of diversity within the contexts of sickle cell disease and cystic fibrosis, how diversity in the genome can impact how we respond to our environments, and how to build trustworthy and long-lasting relationships in communities that are underrepresented in genomic research. Lastly, Sally reflects on how diversity would be incorporated if the seminal report, Generation Genome, was published today.


Sally is Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, former Chief Medical Officer and UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance. Having spent 20 years working with people with sickle cell disease, she is passionate about reforming healthcare, setting up the National Institute for Health Research and playing a key role in the establishment of Genomics England.  

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