east london genes & health

South Asian people based in East London have some of the highest rates of heart disease, diabetes, and poor health in the UK. East London Genes & Health is a research study led by Queen Mary University of London set up to help fight against these and other major diseases affecting this sector of the population.

Social Action for Health’s role in this project is to carry out community outreach amongst Pakistani and Bangladeshi populations across East London, raising awareness and collecting DNA samples for this global scale study. Over the past 3 years we have hosted stalls and participated in numerous community events. We have built a strong network of key community assets and we have managed to collect over 10,000 DNA samples from the target populations. To find out more click on one of the short films below.


Get involved

We are currently recruiting Helix Champions for the East London Genes & Health study and are particularly looking for people of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin to work with their communities in East London.

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