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GGA Seminar with Dr. Latifa Jackson – Decolonizing Human Genetic Research Workshop Series

March 20, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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Genes & Society: Decolonizing Human Genetic Research Workshop Series

GGA Seminar – The Fire Next Time: Implications of environmental stress on human health

Dr. Latifa Jackson, Assistant Professor, College of Medicine, Howard University

Website | Twitter @latifajackson


Increasingly, computational scale data is being leveraged to gain insights into a host of human health issues. Recent studies suggest that socioeconomics, psychological determinants and biology contribute to immune weathering in young adults. Few studies have examined violence exposure’s effect on healthy preclinical young adults who have had no diagnosed chronic diseases. We have shown that there are gender differences to experienced violence and that immune stress biomarker concentration is correlated to the experience of sexual or racial discrimination. Our more recent findings suggest that the processing and potential internalisation of adverse experiences may be an even more important factor in modulating the biological stress responses in African Americans. This work has recently been expanded to include methylation assessments in high exposure young men with changes in methylation patterns seen in key signaling and neurological pathways.

Schedule of Events:

March 20th: Genetics and Genomics Academy Seminar 1:30 – 2:30 PM

March 20th: Fireside Chat with Dr. Jackson 6:30 – 7:30 PM

March 21st: Genetic Engineering and Society Center Colloquium 12 – 1 PM

While the events over the last several years in the United States have placed an important focus on issues of race, diversity, and systemic inequalities; these issues are long-standing and embedded within institutions, academic disciplines, and the broader scientific community. In response to the most recent examples of these inequalities, NC State has stated that “Diversity is critical to NC State’s mission” and that “New perspectives deepen our understanding, strengthen our community and propel our innovation.” Building upon NC State’s mission statement and past successful race and science events, NC State’s Being an Ally in Academics (BAA) group has collaborated with Genetics and Genomics Academy, the Genetics and Engineering in Society Center (GES), and TriCEM to organize a new two-day workshop series titled, “Genes and Society: Decolonizing Human Genetic Research”. The goal of this series is to explore the current and historical intersections of racism, systemic inequalities, and human genetic research with an emphasis on inviting diverse and historically underrepresented groups as seminar speakers.

Logos for: BAA (Being an Ally in Academics), GGA (Genetics and Genomics Academy), GES Center, TriCem, and NC State


March 20, 2023
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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