Development of Hands-On Educational Modules in Genetics and Epidemiology to Enhance African American Community Participation in Health Disparities Interventions

October 27, 2010

The Institute of African American Research (IAAR) has as its central mission to advance  identification, investigation, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of broad-based interdisciplinary research on peoples of recent African descent through the transatlantic diaspora, with particular emphasis on Black Americans.  As such, the Institute is concerned with the history, biology, culture, social experiences, and thought of African Americans.

In this presentation, Dr. Jackson will introduce the work of the IAAR illustrating this mission.  She will focus in particular on hands-on activities related to DNA and HIV/AIDS that demystify science and biomedicine, and thus empower participants to improve their health and well-being.  The presentation will also illustrate the need for interdisciplinary interactive research in this area.  Dr. Jackson and the IAAR are just beginning this program of research and are in search of collaborators.

Documents that summarize some of the research that will be discussed:

Speaker: Dr. Fatimah Jackson, Professor of Biological Anthropology and Director of the Institute of African American Research (IAAR), UNC-CH
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Place: 206 Peabody Hall

About Dr. Jackson:

Fatimah L.C. Jackson is a biological anthropologist who received her B.A. (cum laude and with distinction in all subjects), M.A., and Ph.D. from Cornell University. She is Professor Emerita and Distinguished Scholar Teacher at the University of Maryland at College Park and currently Professor of Biological Anthropology and Director of the Institute of African American Research (IAAR) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked extensively in Tanzania, Liberia, Cameroon, Egypt, and Sudan. She is trained in parasitology, population genetics, and evolutionary biology and has particular research interests in the biological consequences of cultural choices, population substructure, and the effects of plant compounds on human metabolic biology and microevolution. She has been a Senior Fulbright Research Fellow (in Egypt) and is a Fellow of the Human Biology Association, the Fletcher Foundation, and the Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. She joined the UNC-CH faculty in July 2009 and has been working to transform the IAAR into a solid research unit at UNC.