Genetic research in Indigenous health: significant progress, substantial challenges

Wendy E Hoy
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11046
Published online: 1 October 2012

To the Editor: Kowal’s article resonates with our experience.1 However, the National Health and Medical Research Council has supported genetic testing in Indigenous Australians for longer than she cites. Through a 1995–1997 project grant, a 1998 PhD scholarship,2,3 a 2006 program grant and an Australia Research Fellowship (2008–), the NHMRC has supported work on kidney and related chronic diseases, in protocols endorsed by two remote communities and approved by appropriate agencies. Information from family pedigrees, phenotyping and DNA profiling underpins validation studies underway in a currently funded project grant.

  • Wendy E Hoy

  • Centre for Chronic Disease, School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.



I thank the Tiwi people for their longstanding engagement and support.

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