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Scientists Bring New Strategies for Addressing Health Disparities
Published: Thursday, October 16, 2014


DURHAM, NC – Effective strategies for researching and addressing health disparities will be examined Oct. 22-23, 2014, during North Carolina Central University’s first Julius L. Chambers Visiting Scientist Program.


Dr. Mona Fouad and Dr. Isabel Scarinci, of the Minority Research and Health Disparities Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), are featured speakers for the 2014 program.


“We have invited two of the country’s top researchers to discuss an interdisciplinary conceptual framework that has shown to be effective in addressing health disparities,” said Dr. Hazell Reed, vice chancellor for Research and Economic Development at NCCU.


“They do a lot of translational research involving men’s health, health policy, aging, diabetes and other issues that are similar to what we are doing here at NCCU.”


Fouad is a professor of medicine and director of the Division of Preventive Medicine at UAB. She is founding director of the university’s Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center and a member of the National Institutes for Health National Advisory Council on Minority Health & Health Disparities. She is the principal investigator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded Mid-South Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities.


Scarinci is an associate professor in the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine and a scientist with the Minority Health and Research Center and the Center for Health Promotion at UAB. Her areas of research have included cancer, smoking, socioeconomic status, and depression among women.


The Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute at NCCU opened in 1998 to address health disparities affecting populations that are underrepresented in medical studies and health research programs in the United States. 


Students and faculty from surrounding campuses, including North Carolina State University, Duke University, Shaw University and others, have been invited to attend the two-day conference.


Special segments have been designed to focus on topics such as public policy, law and criminal justice; social and behavioral science applications; and current research into cancer, cardio-metabolic and neurological diseases.


The opening plenary session and research presentation that provides an overview of the UAB Health Disparities Research Enterprise takes place at 9 a.m. on Oct. 22 in the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical Biotechnology Institute. At 7 p.m. Oct. 22, NCCU’s Lyceum Committee will host a discussion titled “Health Disparities: Your Role in Overcoming the Plight” in B.N. Duke Auditorium. The research presentation and Lyceum discussion are free and open to the public.


For more information, please contact the Division of Research and Economic Development at 919-530-6893 or chicks@nccu.edu.







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