Indigenous peoples and inclusion in clinical and genomic research: Understanding the history and navigating contemporary engagement

Elsevier, Neoplasia (United States), Volume 37, March 2023
Waanders A., Brown A., Caron N.R., Plisiewicz A., McHugh S.T., Nguyen T.Q. et al.

Despite significant improvements in pediatric cancer survival outcomes, there remain glaring disparities in under-represented racial and ethnic groups that warrant mitigation by the scientific and clinical community. To address and work towards eliminating such disparities, the Pacific Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium (PNOC) and Children's Brain Tumor Network (CBTN) established a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) working group in 2020. The DEI working group is dedicated to improving access to care for all pediatric patients with central nervous system (CNS) tumors, broadening diversity within the research community, and providing sustainable data-driven solutions. To this end, the DEI working group aims to coordinate regular educational sessions centered on critical DEI topics in pediatric research and clinical care of pediatric patients, with a focus on pediatric neuro-oncology. In April 2022, the group led a moderated panel of experts on Indigenous Peoples’ rights and participation in clinical research activities. The following paper serves to provide the scientific community a perspective on how to prioritize the inclusion of Indigenous Peoples in research with cultural sensitivity and with the intent of improving not only representation, but patient outcomes regardless of patient race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background.