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NIMHD Director's Seminar: Genetic Research with Alaska Native People: Lessons and Future Possibilities

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Air date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 3:00:00 PM
Time displayed is Eastern Time, Washington DC Local
Views: Total views: 100, (68 Live, 32 On-demand)
Category: Health Disparities
Runtime: 01:29:50
Description: NIMHD celebrates Native American Heritage Month with a special Director’s Seminar Series lecture featuring Dr. Denise A. Dillard. She will speak on “Genetic Research with Alaska Native People: Lessons and Future Possibilities.”

The objectives of Dr. Dillard’s presentation will include the following:

• Lessons learned over a decade of engagement with the Alaska Native community about ethical, legal and social implications of genetic research.
• Findings from recent and ongoing genetic research by Southcentral Foundation, a tribal health organization in Anchorage, Alaska.
• Ideas to increase participation of individuals from groups typically underrepresented in genetic research.

Dr. Dillard is of Inupiaq Eskimo descent, born and raised in Alaska. She is the director of research for Southcentral Foundation, a tribal health organization which provides primary health care services for 65,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people. She interfaces directly with tribal leadership as they consider approval of research occurring in southcentral Alaska and has expanded the Southcentral Foundation Research Department from a staff of 10 to 25 employees, of which 75% are Alaska Native or American Indian.

Dr. Dillard has led a diverse research portfolio to address the wide-ranging health and research needs of the community she serves. She has served as the principal investigator (PI) of projects focused on behavioral health, diabetes, and cancer screening, as well as the ethics and translational potential of research in which genetic and biological samples are collected. She has co-led several pharmacogenetic studies as part of the Northwest Pharmacogenetic Research Network and is the current co-PI of an R01 study, which will examine how diet and the CPT1A genetic variant interact to affect the health of Alaska Native infants. In 2015, Dr. Dillard was nominated by the King Island Tribal Council to serve on the National Institutes of Health Tribal Advisory Committee, first as the Alaska delegate and currently as a Member at Large. Dr. Dillard is also a member of the Tribal Collaboration Working Group of the All of Us Research Program Advisory Panel.
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Author: Denise A. Dillard, Ph.D., Director of Research, Southcentral Foundation
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