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Vence L. Bonham, J.D.

Acting Deputy Director, National Human Genome Research Institute
Associate Investigator, Social and Behavioral Research Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute

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Vence L. Bonham is an associate investigator in the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) within the Division of Intramural Research’s Social and Behavioral Research Branch. He leads the Health Disparities Unit, which investigates the equitable integration of new genomic knowledge and precision medicine into clinical settings. His research focuses primarily on the social implications of new genomic knowledge, including the role of genomics in exacerbating or ameliorating racial and ethnic health inequities. His research group studies sickle cell disease, a condition that has faced significant health disparity and could be further impacted by disparity in access to emerging curative genomic technologies. Bonham serves as the senior advisor to the NHGRI director on genomics and health disparities, which complements his research, as it allows contemporary genomic science and policy issues to inform his research program.

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