Charles Rotimi, Ph.D.
"Why diversity in genome science and medicine is a scientific and social justice imperative"
Scientific Director, Division of Intramural Research
NIH Distinguished Investigator, Division of Intramural Research
Director, Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health, National Institutes of Health
September 20, 2022
Dr. Charles Rotimi, Scientific Director at the National Human Genome Research Institute and president of the American Society of Human Genetics, will be the inaugural lecturer for the Patricia Marshall Lecture on Genomics and Equity.Charles Rotimi, a genetic epidemiologist, is an NIH Distinguished investigator and the Scientific Director of the NHGRI intramural research program. He is also the Director of the Trans-NIH Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health. He is a leader in exploring the implications of the increased genetic diversity in African ancestry populations for disease gene mapping. Rotimi is especially proud of his efforts at globalizing genomics. His engagement of African communities in genomic projects has had transformative impact. Rotimi was the founding president of the now thriving African Society of Human Genetics, and spearheaded formation of the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Initiative with over 176 million US dollars funding from NIH and Wellcome Trust. Rotimi is a member of three global academies – the US National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the African Academy of Sciences. He is the current president of the American Society of Human Genetics.
This lecture series, hosted by the Bioethics Center for Community Health ANd Genomic Equity (CHANGE) and the CWRU Department of Bioethics, will showcase scholarship on advancing health equity in genomics.
The lecture series is named in honor of Professor Emerita Patricia A. Marshall, who has long championed genomic equity through her work in international research ethics and genomics.