Our Mission

The Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities is dedicated to conducting research on the complex intersections of emerging genomics research and the persistent problem of health disparities in order to fully leverage the potential of genomics research to improve population health and reduce health disparities.

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National Consortium on Psychosocial Stress, Spirituality, and Health

March 19, 2016

John Templeton Foundation Awards $6.5 million to Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities.

The Harvard / MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities, directed by Alexandra E. Shields, is pleased to announce its recent $6.5M award from the John Templeton Foundation to support the creation of the National Consortium on Psychosocial Stress, Spirituality, and Health. This Consortium will pursue cutting edge research on the mechanistic pathways through which psychosocial stressors contribute to the etiology of highly… Read more about National Consortium on Psychosocial Stress, Spirituality, and Health

JACCRI

Jamaica Cancer Care & Research Institute

December 9, 2016

The Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute (JACCRI), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving access to quality cancer care for all Jamaicans.

The aims and goals of JACCRI are achieved through: (1) conducting cutting edge research to understand the etiology of cancer in Jamaica and optimal intervention strategies; (2) identifying and replicating successful cancer prevention strategies for Jamaica; (3) providing training opportunities for Jamaican oncologists, palliative care providers, and allied health professionals at all levels; and (4) improving the quality… Read more about Jamaica Cancer Care & Research Institute

Director

Alexandra E. Shields, PhD 

Dr. Alexandra Shields is Director of the Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities; Associate Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School; Associate in Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital; and Associate Faculty in Molecular and Population Genetics at the Broad Institute. 

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About the Center 

Our Center conducts interdisciplinary work at the intersection of genomics, epidemiology, and health disparities research, with a specific focus on the diseases prevalent in populations currently underserved in the health care system. Our goal is to analyze this intersection throughout the research trajectory, “from bench to bedside.” Our work focuses on highly prevalent chronic conditions (e.g., cardiovascular disease, cancer, and obesity) for which advances in treatment and prevention would have the greatest potential to improve our nation’s health and reduce health disparities. 

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