THE 2016 RED Forum: Race and Health Disparities - in Precision Medicine
Dr. Davis recently co-organized a regional meeting with Dr. Kecia Thomas (Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences) which highlighted the impact of race in health disparities. This annual forum, sponsored by the Center for Research Engagement and Diversity (RED), addressed the topic of Precision Medicine in under-represented communities.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert of the Medical University of South Carolina, gave an insightful talk on how genetic testing access and personal processing of testing results may vary among race groups.
In the filled-to-capacity room, a provacative discussion followed her address, led by a panel of UGA faculty experts: Dr. Caree Cotwright, Dr. Tiffany Washington, Dr. Rosemary Phelps, Dr. Melissa Davis and moderated by Dr. Clayton Yates of Tuskeegee University.
During the discussion, we covered a range of thought-provoking topics; such as, the lack of biodiversity characterization among ancestry groups- beyond genomes as well as the diversity of perceptions in cultures surrounding mental health and its management.
The event was a tremendous success and this begins the establishement of a Health Disparities Working Group here at UGA! We are looking forward to doing GREAT THINGS! Thanks to all who came out!