Dr. Amy Kind, researcher at the Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA), will direct the innovative new UW Center for Health Disparities Research. The center at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health seeks to examine how a person’s environment and social conditions impact their health down to the molecular level.
The new research effort, called the UW Center for Health Disparities Research (CHDR), launched in April. As its name implies, center investigators will focus on how physical environment and social conditions intersect to influence an individual’s health. Researchers will aim to identify new therapies, precision medicine approaches and other interventions, according to Amy Kind, MD, PhD, center director, and professor of medicine at the school.
“UW–Madison is deeply committed to advancing research toward the elimination of health disparities,” she said. “To do this, we need to understand why disparities happen — get to the roots of their mechanisms.”