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Cancer Disparities

Gene-Environment and Disparities Research Workshop Series – space is limited

Designing studies to assess the complex role of social, environmental, genetic, and behavioral factors in the etiology of health disparities is challenging.  The Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Program and the Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities are pleased to announce a year-long workshop series addressing conceptual, methodological, and measurement issues in conducting disparities focused gene-environment research.  Please join us throughout the year to hear leading faculty from diverse disciplines address critical topics essential to conducting innovative research in this area.  Workshops will be held on select Fridays from 3:00-4:30pm, followed by a networking reception, on the 5th Floor of the Countway Library.


RSVP is required.  Please click here to RSVP for each workshop.


Gene-Environment and Disparities Research Workshop Series 2012-2013:

  • Friday September 14 – Alexandra Shields, “Conceptualizing the Role of Social, Environmental and Genetic Factors in Producing Health Disparities”
  • Friday October 5 – Evelynn Hammonds, “The Use of Race Concepts in Gene – Environment and Disparities Research in Historical Perspective”
  • Friday October 12 – David Williams, “Racism and Health Disparities: Implications for Understanding the Biology of Disadvantage”
  • Friday November 30 – Peter Kraft, “Statistical Methods for Assessing Gene-Environment Interactions”
  • Friday December 7 – Francine Laden and Jennifer Haas, “Place Matters: Best Practices for Measuring the Built Environment and Assessing Neighborhood Characteristics”
  • Friday January 11 – Karen Emmons, “Measuring Behavior in Gene-Environment Studies: Placing ‘Choice’ in a Social Context”
  • Friday February 8 – Douglas Dockery and David Christiani, “Air Pollution and Environmental Toxins, Gene-Environment Interactions, and Health Disparities”
  • Friday March 8 – Andrea Baccarelli, “Epigenetics as a New Tool for Capturing the Biological Marks of Stressors that Contribute to Health Disparities”