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Medical genomics—known by many as personalized medicine or healthcare that involves using an individual’s genome in guiding diagnosis and treatment choices—has left out the developing world. By embedding within a Western European context, the field has created a biased understanding of human health that neglects the unique needs of different ethnic and racial groups.
The Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Foundation is committed to furthering research that will advance and deepen the global understanding of heart disease. A portion of this research is dedicated to population studies, such as the 30-year Ballana Heart Study that is being carried out at the Aswan Heart Centre. Ballana is a small village near Aswan with a stable population that is accessible to Aswan Heart Centre researchers, has a strong community spirit, and carries an eagerness to contribute positively to our mission.