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The Genetics of the Peoples of Africa and the Transatlantic African Diaspora
March 19-20, 2012

The mission of this conference is to deliver advanced state-of-the art scholarly information on the genetics and genomics of African peoples by nationally and internationally recognized and emerging authorities. The conference will solicit, provide a platform for, and disseminate knowledge of interdisciplinary research on the peoples of recent African descent throughout the transatlantic Diaspora and continental Africa through a consideration of the context of African genetic diversity, a discussion of recent advances in the basic sciences, and the translation and applications of these advances in a cross-section of disciplines. A special effort will be made to link African genetic and genomic diversity to contemporary health disparities in continental and diasporian groups.
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A Weight-Loss Solution: Don't Eat Less. Just Don't Eat More.
March 14, 2012

For two years, Gary Bennett of Duke University's Psychology & Neuroscience department and eight colleagues followed 365 obese patients who had already developed hypertension. The researchers chose not only a physically unhealthy population but one that was also struggling socioeconomically. Bennett says no participant in his study was earning more than $25,000 a year. The Duke team wanted to work with the poor because those with money can already afford to pick halibut and asparagus over hamburger and fries. For the poor, getting fresh fish and vegetables can mean a long bus ride and a week's pay — making health not only psychologically but also financially difficult.
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Keith Whitfield Named Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
November 2, 2011

Keith Whitfield, a psychologist and expert on aging among African Americans, will become vice provost for academic affairs at Duke University, effective immediately, Provost Peter Lange announced Wednesday.
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Issues and Challenges in Health Disparities Research on Older Adults
January 18, 2011

This conference will highlight cutting edge information about the impact, casual pathways, and implications of health disparities in our older population. The speakers will present on a variety of psychological, social, and biological aspects of health disparities that are particularly challenging in older populations. A broad set of topics will be discussed that include issues on rural elderly, memory and Alzheimer’s Disease, interventions, pain, quality of life, caregiving, disability, self rated health, and neighborhoods.
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Call for Papers: Annals of Behavioral Medicine

October , 2010
Series of Special Sections on Understanding and Minimizing Social and Behavioral Aspects of Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities

The composition of the U.S. is becoming more demographically diverse, particularly in the number of people of color (e.g., Macera, Armstead, & Anderson, 2000). These changes in population demographics have far-reaching implications for research, practice and policy, as well as the future of behavioral medicine (Whitfield, 2002; Yali & Revenson, 2004).  The Annals of Behavioral Medicine is committed to publishing excellent research in health disparities. Toward this end, the journal is inviting submissions as part of a series of special sections focused on racial/ethnic health disparities. Racial/ethnic health disparities will be framed broadly; that is, the specific disease condition, intervention modality, or risk/protective factor(s) to be examined is not specified in order to attract the broadest set of manuscripts.

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"The Deadliest Disease In America"

March 20, 2010
9:30 am
Duke University School of Nursing
Peter and Ginny Nicholas Auditorium, Room 1014

This project addresses the issue of racial and ethnic disparities in our healthcare system. A Screening of a Film by Producer/Director Crystal Emery Followed by Participatory Workshops
RSVP by March 15:
To preview a trailer of the film please visit our website:




February 24, 2010
4:00 pm, Erwin Mill, A103

Marino Bruce
Dr. Marino Bruce
Visiting Scholar, Center for Biobehavioral and Social Aspects of Health Disparities and the Department of Sociology
"Gender, Socioeconomic Status and Chronic Kidney Disease among African Americans: The Jackson Heart Study"

Kidney disease is one of the most striking examples of health disparities in American public health.  Disparities in the prevalence and progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) are generally thought to be a function of group differences in the prevalence of CKD risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.  However, the presence of these co-morbidities does not fully explain the excess risks for CKD among African Americans. Social environment is an important element in the pathway from CKD risk factors to CKD. The ideas and results discussed in this presentation highlight how social and economic resources can have implications for kidney disease among a cohort of African Americans across all socioeconomic strata.

Special Seminar~ Rick Kittles, Associate Professor, University of Chicago

November 9, 2009

11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Nello Teer Building, Room 203
“DNA Testing and the Illusion of Native American Ancestry”

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Bryan Research Building, Room 103
“The Role of Diverse Populations in Personalized Genetic Medicine



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