Office of Health Disparities Research

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The Office of Health Disparities Research supports meaningful research to identify and address health disparities and to help ensure Mayo Clinic patients reflect the diversity of our communities.

Nov 16, 2018

Mayo Clinic Well Represented at 2018 AACR Science of Health Disparities Conference

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
The 11th AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved was held November 2nd-5th in New Orleans.  OHDR Pilot Awardee Lewis Roberts, MB, ChB, PhD, chaired an Education Session entitled Progress in Liver Cancer-From From Screening to Survivorship, with Chee-Chee Stucky, MD, [...]
Mayo Clinic Well Represented at 2018 AACR Science of Health Disparities Conference
Nov 16, 2018

Sex and Gender in Alzheimer's Disease--Does it Matter?

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
In a recently published article, Mayo clinician researcher Michelle Mielke, PhD, discusses issues surrounding the benefits and drawbacks of studying sex and gender differences in the etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of Alzheimer’s Disease at all levels, including basic science studies, clinical research, and clinical trials.  She and her co-authors [...]
Sex and Gender in Alzheimer's Disease--Does it Matter?
Nov 9, 2018

Pediatric Cancer Researcher Awarded $1.1M Quantum Grant

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Hyundai Hope on Wheels recently awarded Richard Vile, PhD, a $1.1M Quantum Grant, funds specifically awarded to support research on pediatric cancers with low survival rates.  Dr. Vile and his research team, who develop experimental cancer therapies based on stimulating antitumor immune responses, will use the grant to focus on [...]
Pediatric Cancer Researcher Awarded $1.1M Quantum Grant
Nov 9, 2018

Mayo Clinic Team Bridging Basic and Clinical Research to Improve Women's Health Awarded $6.1 Million

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
The Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) have awarded Mayo Clinic a $6.2 million grant to fund a Specialized Center of Research Excellence (SCORE) on sex differences. The overarching theme of the project, entitled Sex-Specific Effects of Endocrine Disruption on Aging and Alzheimer’s [...]
Mayo Clinic Team Bridging Basic and Clinical Research to Improve Women's Health Awarded $6.1 Million
Nov 2, 2018

Beyond Ancestry: The Production and Consumption of Genetic Knowledge

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
The Office of Health Disparities Research and the Native American Interest Group welcome Dr. Jessica Blanchard, a Research Scientist at the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Applied Social Research and the Center for the Ethics of Indigenous Genomic Research.  Her research focuses broadly on the reduction of health disparities in American Indian/Alaska [...]
Beyond Ancestry: The Production and Consumption of Genetic Knowledge
Oct 26, 2018

NCI Awards $3.1M for Development of Breast Cancer Risk Model

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
A team of Mayo researchers, led by Amy Degnim, MD, a breast surgeon in Rochester, and Mark Sherman, MD, an epidemiologist and laboratory medicine and pathology researcher in Jacksonville, has received a $3.1 M grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop a breast cancer prediction model to help guide [...]
NCI Awards $3.1M for Development of Breast Cancer Risk Model
Oct 19, 2018

Mayo Clinic, Arizona Celebrating a Valued Collaboration

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Mayo Clinic, Arizona Campus is proud to share a milestone 10-year anniversary with its valued partner, Phoenix Indian Medical Center (PIMC). The collaboration, initiated in 2006 by Dr. Tom Fitch during his tenure as chair of the division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, now involves a team of five Mayo [...]
Mayo Clinic, Arizona Celebrating a Valued Collaboration
Sep 27, 2018

Mayo Researchers Awarded NCI Grant To Address Cancer Burden of Native Americans in Rural Areas

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center has been awarded a Rural Health supplement grant for a unique study focused on addressing disparities in the cancer burden faced by American Indian/Alaska Native populations. The PI on the grant, Robert Diasio, MD, and Program Lead, Carmen Radecki Breitkopf, PhD, will leverage a community-engaged [...]
Mayo Researchers Awarded NCI Grant To Address Cancer Burden of Native Americans in Rural Areas
Sep 19, 2018

2018 Office of Health Disparities Research Retreat

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
175+ Mayo Attendees Share Health Disparities Research News, Gain Research and Minority Recruitment Insights, and Develop Collaborations at OHDR Retreat More than 175 Mayo personnel affiliated with over 50 work areas from all three campuses and the MCHS attended the Office of Health Disparities Research retreat August 7 and 8, [...]
2018 Office of Health Disparities Research Retreat
Sep 19, 2018

High Visibility "Walk by FAITH!" Event Celebrates Intervention's First Decade

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
What started as a class project for LaPrincess Brewer, MD’s Public Health course in Baltimore ten years ago, "Fostering African-American Improvement in Total Health" (FAITH!), has become a proven cardiovascular and wellness intervention for African American faith communities that is now active in six churches across Rochester and the Twin [...]
High Visibility
Sep 19, 2018

Registration Open for Arizona Health Equity Conference!

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Registration is now open for the 2018 Arizona Health Equity Conference, to be held Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix, AZ. Mayo Clinic is a founding sponsor of this event, and every year OHDR-Arizona is integrally involved in the planning and implementation of the [...]
Jul 31, 2018

2018 OHDR Annual Retreat

By Sumedha Penheiter @sumedhapenheiter
Featuring Keynotes by Kimberly Jacob Arriola, PhD, and Pernessa Seele, PhD. Tuesday-Wednesday, August 7-8, 2018 What are the attitudes of diverse populations toward genetic research results? Do patients who are American Indian face unique barriers to kidney transplantation? Is it difficult to recruit minorities for research studies? This Retreat brings together [...]
2018 OHDR Annual Retreat
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