Science Cafe: Explaining Health Disparities
Explaining Health Disparities: Is It All in the Innate Immunity Genes?
African Americans are more likely to die from highly aggressive and less curable forms of prostate and breast cancers than their European-American counterparts. Learn about the genetic and environmental factors that may contribute to this phenomenon. Our speaker will describe the unique environment to which the geographical ancestors of African Americans were exposed and how ancient genetic adaptations to that environment may explain some of the biological differences that result in the devastating health disparities afflicting African Americans today. We will discuss the role of genetic signatures in the innate immune programs of modern African Americans that likely predispose this population to cancer and other chronic diseases that involve inflammation.
About Our Speaker
Dr. K. Sean Kimbro is Director of North Carolina Central University’s flagship research institute, the Julius L. Chambers’ Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute (JLC-BBRI) in Durham. As co-principal investigator of the NIH-funded Center for Translational Health Equality Research, he oversees research that addresses health disparities in obesity, hypertension and diabetes in addition to his own research on the role of innate immune variations that contribute to breast and prostate cancer disparities.