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SPH Brown Bag Research Presentation: Impact of microbial biological disparity on social determinants of health

Seminar | February 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West


Lee Riley, Professor of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases, School of Public Health

Public Health, School of


Understanding social determinants of health has become established as one of core disciplines of public health. On the other hand, understanding biological determinants of health has gradually become less emphasized as a public health discipline, and this trend may lead to incomplete and misdirected public health interventions and policy. We present results of our study of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in urban slums of Brazil to demonstrate that it is not sufficient to study social determinants of disease to address this major public health problem without understanding the biological disparity underlying the bacterial pathogen population structure that triggers RHD pathogenesis. This observation can be extended to the problem of cervical carcinoma caused by HPV among women in certain regions of the United States. Biology needs to become, once again, a core component of public health discipline to reduce social health disparity


lhg@berkeley.edu