Population Descriptors for Legacy Genomic Data: Challenges and Future Directions

May 28, 2024, 1:00pm – 5:00pm EDT
May 29, 2024, 11:00am – 3:00pm EDT


Several National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutes, Centers, and Offices are partnering to host a two-day virtual workshop to explore the recommendations from a recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report titled, Using Population Descriptors in Genetics and Genomics Research: A New Framework for an Evolving Field.

This workshop will bring together leaders of genomic data science resources, researchers who use legacy data, and other partners to make recommendations regarding the application of population descriptors to existing data. A meeting report will be written and disseminated publicly.

The workshop objectives are to:

  • Understand NASEM report recommendations, and consider how they relate to the ongoing use of legacy data
  • Summarize current approaches to the use of population descriptors in/for legacy data 
  • Define challenges with current approaches to harmonization, interoperability and analysis, including genetic similarity
  • Address challenges and identify potential solutions
  • Develop practical recommendations that can be widely adopted
  • Identify opportunities for future research or collaboration

Workshop Sponsors

  • All of Us Research Program
  • National Cancer Institute
  • National Human Genome Research Institute
  • National Institute on Aging
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • National Institute of Nursing Research
  • NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
  • NIH Office of Science Policy