African Caribbean in Barbados [ACB]

The biomaterials currently available for this population are shown in the table below: 

Population  African Caribbean in Barbados [ACB]
DNA Sample Panel  MGP00016
Individual DNA Samples  120
Individual Cell Cultures  120

Principal Investigators  

  • Kathleen C. Barnes - Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 
  • Rasika A. Mathias - Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Caribbean Team   

  • Anselm Hennis - Chronic Disease Research Centre, Tropical Medicine Research Institute, Cave Hill Campus, The University of the West Indies 
    Faculty of Medical Sciences, Cave Hill Campus, The University of the West Indies 
  • Harold Watson - Faculty of Medical Sciences, Cave Hill Campus, The University of the West Indies 
  • Colin McKenzie - Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Tropical Medicine Research Institute, Mona Campus, The University of the West Indies

Sample Collection Team  

  • Cassandra Foster - Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 
  • Pissamai and Trevor Maul - Chronic Disease Research Centre, Tropical Medicine Research Institute, Cave Hill Campus, The University of the West Indies


Population Description

These cell lines and DNA samples were prepared from blood samples collected from individuals living in Barbados, West Indies, a Caribbean island with a predominantly African descent population sharing a common heredity with populations of West Africa All of the samples are from adult parent-child trios who identified themselves as having at least three out of four grandparents who self-identify as African Caribbean and who were born in Barbados.

It is important to include a reference to “Barbados” when describing the source of these samples (and to use the abbreviation “ACB” where a shorthand designation is needed). These samples were not necessarily drawn to be representative of all people in Barbados, all people in the Caribbean, nor all people of African Caribbean descent. The population should not be described merely as “Barbadian” or as “African Caribbean”, terms that encompass many populations whose ancestors came from places other than Barbados.

After the complete descriptor “African Caribbean in Barbados” has been provided, it is acceptable to use the shorthand label “African Caribbean” or the abbreviation “ACB” in the remainder of the article or presentation. However, the full descriptor for each population should be provided before the shorthand labels are used; this will help to avoid the risks associated with over-generalization of findings.

It may be scientifically appropriate to pool data from these samples with data from other ancestrally related groups, when the data show that the groups have similar allele frequencies. If the groups all have African ancestry, the designation “African ancestry” (abbreviation: AFA) to describe the combined analysis panel is recommended. If only groups very closely related to the African Caribbean have similar allele frequencies, then another abbreviation may need to be used.

Additional guidance about how to refer to the populations can be found at Guidelines for Referring to the Populations in Publications and Presentations.


Policies and Guidelines