May 30, 2012

Olivia Carter-Pokras, associate professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, will speak about "The Role of Genomics in Reducing Health Disparities: An Epidemiologist Perspective" at a conference examining ways to address the impact of genomic medicine on health disparities. Titled "WHY WE CAN'T WAIT: CONFERENCE TO ELIMINATE HEALTH DISPARITIES IN GENOMIC MEDICINE," the conference will be held at the University of Miami (May 31-June 1, 2012) and bring together physicians, researchers, ethicists, allied health professionals (i.e., nurses, psychologists, etc.), public health specialists, and community stakeholders concerned about the challenges and possible solutions for addressing health disparities in genomic medicine.

From the conference website: The ultimate outcome of the Human Genome Project will be to revolutionize medicine by improving disease prediction, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. However, its success relies on participation from diverse populations in all research and clinical aspects of medicine. Populations that participate in genetic research and who are aware of and receptive to resulting technologies will be the ones to benefit most. Populations who do not participate will be at a significant disadvantage when research is translated into clinical practice.

More about Dr. Carter-Pokras:
Dr. Carter-Pokras is the research director for the CDC-funded University of Maryland Prevention Research Center. She conducts Latino health assessments in Baltimore and Montgomery County in close partnership with local government and community-based organizations. She has an extensive history of ensuring that the community has a voice in research conducted at the national and local levels.