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Community Engagement Fall Speaker Series November 14-15

The CCTST Community Engagement Fall Speaker Series featured three events November 14-15:

The 2017 Community Health Awards Reception and Dinner, 6:00 PM Tuesday November 14 in Music Hall's newly restored Corbett Tower, 1241 Elm St. included a keynote presentation by  Alondra Nelson, PhD who discussed Genomic Research & Health: What Does Race & Community Have To Do With It?  Joining her was Vence Bonham, JD, an associate investigator in the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).  Community Health Awards were presented to recognize community health advocates, research partnerships, students, and community physicians/groups.

Dr. Nelson is president of the Social Science Research Council and professor of sociology at Columbia University, where she served as the inaugural Dean of Social Science. A scholar of science, medicine, and social inequality, her recent books include The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome and Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination. She is chair of the American Sociological Association's Science, Knowledge, and Technology section and serves on the Board of Directors of the Data and Society Research Institute. 

Mr. Bonham has served as an associate investigator in the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) since 2003. He leads the Health Disparities Genomics Unit, focusing his research primarily on the social influences of new genomic knowledge, particularly in communities of color. He studies how genomics influences the use of the constructs of race and ethnicity in biomedical research and clinical care and the role of genomics in health inequities. Mr. Bonham also serves as the senior advisor to the NHGRI director on genomics and health disparities.

The Speaker Series also featured Mr. Bonham at a Community Forum and Grand Rounds November 15 in Cincinnati Children's MERC Building, Oak Campus, 620 Oak St. 

These events were co-sponsored by the Center for Pediatric Genomics at Cincinnati Children's.  For more information, email Stacey Gomes or call (513) 803-0917.