Intellectual disabilities

Neurodevelopmental disorders

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Reducing inequalities in global healthcare provision through effective research dissemination

Lead researcher

Dr Emma Baple


University of Exeter



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Dr Emma Baple from the University of Exeter is adapting the Windows of Hope project to improve healthcare outcomes and understanding of inherited disease in Pakistan, Palestine and Oman.

The Community Genomics Project is a translational research programme led by Professor Crosby and Dr Baple that works closely with Pakistani, Omani, Palestinian and Anabaptist communities, and the clinical and educational services that serve them locally. The project aims to improve healthcare outcomes, diagnostic services and understanding of inherited disease within these communities.

Dr Baple is using the Windows of Hope project as a model for parallel studies in international communities. Working with local clinical collaborators, Dr Baple and colleagues are using their research knowledge of the pattern of inherited diseases to aid development of diagnostic facilities in Pakistan, Palestine and Oman.

The approach will include educational initiatives to support the development of much-needed testing infrastructure in Pakistan and Palestine. The team will hold workshops for local clinicians, and clinical scientists to establish effective community-specific, low-cost genetic testing services. They will develop disease-specific information leaflets for many disorders and hold family information days and educational meetings for healthcare workers and school teachers.

The dissemination approach aims to reduce the health inequalities faced by families affected by inherited disease and their communities and ultimately improve long-term health outcomes.

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