DUPRI’s Jenny Tung, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Biology, leads the Triangle Area’s Social and Biological Determinants of Health Working Group (SBDoH). Tung has assembled representatives from Duke, UNC, and Wake Forest, and has invited research scholars from University of Minnesota, Georgetown, Emory, University of Chicago, University of Texas –San Antonio, University of Washington, Columbia, and Princeton to participate in the August 22-23 SBDoH workshop at Duke University.
Supported by a National Institute on Aging grant to Duke’s Center for Population Health and Aging, the group seeks to identify the major outstanding challenges in understanding the social and biological determinants of health in humans and other species, and to develop interdisciplinary collaborations to overcome these challenges.
Tung said the workshop provides opportunities to share research, bridge disciplinary gaps, and encourage new collaborations aimed at understanding the biology related to the social determinants of health. Research highlights from local participants will show case progress in the Triangle, invited scholars will provide a national level perspective, and graduate student and post-doc trainees will help ensure a vibrant future for this area of research.
DUPRI and the SBDoH working group gratefully acknowledge the support of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the National Institute of Health (NIH) under a P30AG034424 award.