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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|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.
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.
Featured Past Events
Conceptualizing Gene-Environment Interactions in Obesity Research (Oct 17-18, 2011)