Texas Aging and Longevity Center

David Chae, Sc.D. Talk on 3/29 at 2 pm

Dr. David Chae from Auburn University's Department of Human Development and Family Sciences will give a talk on 3/29/19 at 2 pm in RLP 1.302E.

Fri, March 29, 2019 | RLP 1.302E

2:00 PM

David Chae, Sc.D. Talk on 3/29 at 2 pm

Dr. David Chae from the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at Auburn University will be giving a talk on "Causes of Death: Social Inequities and Racial Disparities in Health" on March 29th at 2 pm in RLP 1.302E.

Dr. Chae's research focuses on the biopsychosocial epidemiology of health inequities and discrimination. He studies the interplay between social context, developmental period, behavior, and biology in relation to susceptibility to and progression of diseases. Using an ecosocial and developmental framework, he examines how the disproportionate burden of social hazards experienced by socially marginalized and discriminated against groups generates health inequities. As part of his work he investigates the complexity of interactions between multiple-levels of influence on health, and psychobiological mechanisms involved in the embodiment of racism-related stressors. Such experiences across the life course contribute to physiologic wear and tear, and premature declines in health due to the cumulative burden that they exert on biological systems. He examines indicators of physiologic dysregulation, including measures of systemic inflammation and endocrine stress markers. Another important measure that he considers is leukocyte telomere length—an indicator of aging at the cellular level. These biologic consequences of racism that are common to several disease processes help to explain racial disparities across multiple morbidities.

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