Location: Kirby Seminar Room 638, Wallace Wurth (C27) UNSW

Prostate cancer (PCa) shows significant geo-ancestral disparity in burden, outcomes and lethality. While incidence rates are highest in western countries, including Australia, mortality rates are disproportionately elevated in global regions of economic transition, specifically in Sub-Saharan Africa. Conversely, Asian Nations have the lowest incidence and mortality rates. While genomics plays a significant role in global PCa health disparities, prostate tumour genome profiling data is scarce for both African and Asian nations, especially at the whole genome and multi-omic level. Additionally, PCa presents with extreme genomic heterogeneity, even within single ancestral groups, which further impact patient management and treatment. Most recently, the Hayes Lab through whole tumour genome interrogation, showed men of African ancestry present with a unique genomic landscape, which included from cancer drivers to therapeutic targets, to a novel PCa taxonomy and mutational signatures. Through our unique grass-roots approach, the Hayes Lab is demonstrating how minority inclusion, specifically capturing the rich genomic and environmental diversity across Sub-Saharan Africa, is critical if we are to understand the etiology of lethal PCa.