December 9 Dec 9
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Thursday Thu

Health Equity in Genetics Research

Via Zoom

In an effort to build support and community among Stanford community members who are engaged in health equity, Stanford Medicine’s Office of Faculty Development and Diversity (OFDD) has launched the Health Equity Action Leadership (HEAL) Network, along with a series of events throughout the academic year. The OFDD team welcomes all Stanford community members to join our HEAL Network event, Health Equity Research in Genetics, where faculty who do this work will share their experiences in a fireside chat panel.

Mildred Cho
Shoa L. Clarke
Joseph Yracheta

Latha Palaniappan

Mildred Cho, PhD is a Professor of Pediatrics and the principal investigator of the Center for Integration of Research on Genetics and Ethics (CIRGE) at Stanford University, which is funded by the NHGRI of the NIH. She is the Associate Director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. Her major areas of interest are the ethical and social issues raised by new technologies such as genetic testing, gene therapy, pharmacogenetics, and gene patents. She also studies how academic-industry ties affect the conduct of biomedical research.

Shoa L. Clarke, MD, PhD is a preventive cardiologist and an instructor at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics. He has completed clinical training in internal medicine (Brigham & Women’s Hospital), pediatrics (Boston Children’s Hospital), and cardiovascular medicine (Stanford Hospital), and he is board certified in all three specialties. His research is focused on 1) understanding complex disease genetics in diverse populations, 2) integrating monogenic and polygenic risk with clinical risk, 3) large-scale phenotyping using the electronic health record. His clinical practice focuses on identifying risk factors for cardiovascular disease with the goal of promoting health and longevity through evidence-based personalized treatment. He is interested in developing family-centric approaches for the treatment of adults and children carrying high genetic risk for disease.

Joseph Yracheta, MS is an Amerindigenous Scientist (P’urhepecha y Raramuri from Mexico) at the Native BioData Consortium within the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation (Sioux).  He is currently completing a DrPH in Environmental Health and Engineering from Johns-Hopkins under Drs. Ana Navas-Acien and Paul Locke. Mr. Yracheta is passionately working to end Amerindigenous Health Disparity by "wearing many research hats" of law, ethics, policy, genomics, omics, health outcomes, epidemiology, health care prevention/intervention and allostatic load from systemic racism. Mr. Yracheta believes that ALL data and resources must be seen as unforeseen futures, where their value will constantly change. He feels this data must be secured for Indigenous economic sustainability.

Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS is a Professor of Medicine in primary care and population health and, by courtesy, of epidemiology and population health. She is a steering committee member of the Health Equity Action Leadership (HEAL) Network. Her research has focused on the study of diverse populations, chronic disease and prevention. Dr. Palaniappan specifically seeks to address the gap in knowledge of health in Asian subgroups and other understudied racial/ethnic minorities. She was the co-founder of PRANA (along with Dr. Ronesh Sinha), a South Asian Wellness program. Her current work examines the clinical effectiveness of structured physical activity programs for diabetes management (Initiate and Maintain Physical Activity in Clinics, as well as best exercise regimens for normal-weight diabetics. She is the Faculty co-Director of the Stanford Biobank (with Drs. Brooke Howitt and Joachim Hallmayer) designed to accelerate translatable scientific discoveries. She co-founded (with Dr. Bryant Lin) the Center for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE) at Stanford in 2018.