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Māori and Pacific Genetics of Health

The sequencing of the human genome in 2001 initiated a decade of rapid advance in understanding the impact of genetic variation in the human genome on human disease. This, and the advent of new ‘next generation sequencing’ technologies that enables identification of all variation in individual genomes, ensures that genetic approaches to human diseases will continue to be prominent in health research.

The focus of this theme will be on strengthening the Maori and Pacific research workforce and research with Māori and Pacific communities (in New Zealand and the South Pacific) on genetics of health. This will be achieved with a focus on two key areas:

Community Engagement

Engagement with communities on initiation of genetic research projects and translation of results.


Increasing Māori and Pacific capability in genetics.