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The health of women of color: A critical intersection at the corner of sex/gender and race/ethnicity

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — Concurrent Symposia Session III

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Classroom 3


  • Janine Clayton, OD
  • Marie Bernard, NIA


People of color are predicted to make up 53.4% of the US population by 2050, and as data in the upcoming Women of Color Health Data Book (4th edition) will illustrate, disturbing racial/ethnic health disparities exist in multiple areas between populations of women across different stages of the lifespan. It is important for investigators to consider sex/gender and race/ethnicity in the context of many research questions and to explore how the intersection of these factors can affect disease risk and/or therapeutic response. This topic is relevant to human health on a global scale. Therefore, this symposium will highlight intramural research focused on health disparities in major areas of women’s health. The following speakers, who represent multiple ICs, demonstrate broad interest in the topic, and will address health disparities in oncology, mental health, cardiovascular disease, nutrition and others.

Advances and challenges in the clinical translation of therapeutic cancer vaccines
Lauren Wood, NCI

Cardiovascular risk and treatment at the intersection of race/ethnicity and sex
Nakela Cook, NHLBI

Sexual violence and the biomedical risk for HIV infection in women
Gina Brown, OD

Tamara Harris, NIA

Neighborhood environment as a social determinant of obesity and cardiovascular risk
Tiffany Powell-Wiley, NHLBI

Genome-wide association analysis of carotid intima-media thickness among African Americans; FARE award winner
Salman Tajjudin, NIA

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