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Children's Health & Discovery Initiative Seminar Series

Thursday, October 11, 2018
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The goal of the Children’s Health & Discovery Initiative (CHDI) is to foster multidisciplinary and innovative research that will positively impact childhood and lifelong health. Efforts in four key research focus areas (genes and biology, physical environment, social and economic factors, and health and behavior needs) will inform prevention, risk screening, and treatment, as well as provide training opportunities for the next generation of pediatrician-scientists to learn from Duke’s cadre of experts. As part of our goal of fostering multidisciplinary collaborations, the CHDI is holding seminar/brainstorming sessions, which we’ve termed “Great Minds Think for Kids”. These sessions will include a 40-minute research-in-progress talk from a guest speaker, followed by a 40-minute brainstorming/group discussion session led by the guest speaker and a member of the CHDI scientific leadership.

Details about the October seminar/brainstorming session follow:

Date: October 22, 2018
Time: 8:45 am to 10:00 am
Location: Trent Semans Center, Room 3025 (Classroom 3)

Seminar Title: "Promoting Life Course and Disparities Research: The CTSA Special Populations Core”

Dwight Koeberl, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics (Medical Genetics) and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Duke University School of Medicine

Heather Whitson, MD, MHS
Associate Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics) and Ophthalmology
Deputy Director, Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham VA Medical Center

Paula Tanabe, PhD, MSN
Professor and Associate Dean for Research Development and Data Science
Duke School of Nursing
Professor of Medicine (Hematology)
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Duke School of Medicine

The Duke Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA) Special Populations Core facilitates research that promotes health equity for populations that have traditionally been underrepresented in health research or excluded altogether.

Dwight Koeberl, MD, PhD, Heather Whitson, MD, MHS, and Paula Tanabe, PhD, MSN, will provide an overview of the aims of the core and discuss efforts to build a network of researchers across Duke to harness existing research and expertise to strengthen our capacity to study health across the life course and to reduce and eliminate health disparities.

Dr. Koeberl's research in special populations focuses on rare diseases, including newborn screening, new orphan drug therapies, and the diagnosis of genetic disease. 

Dr. Whitson’s clinical and translational research focuses on improving independence and resilience to stressors among older adults with multiple chronic conditions. She has particular interest and expertise in the link between age-related vision and cognitive changes. 

Dr. Tanabe’s research in emergency medicine and health services includes studies of pain management practices in the emergency department (ED) with a strong emphasis on improving the care of persons in the ED with sickle cell disease. Dr. Tanabe is the PI for three federal grants aimed at improving the delivery of evidence-based healthcare to persons with SCD in North Carolina. Dr. Tanabe and her team collaborate with the emergency department as well as primary care providers and Community Care of North Carolina.