Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Translational Metabolism and Health

Health Disparities Seminar Series

The Center for Translational Metabolism and Health has teamed up with the Institute for Public Health and Medicine to co-host the Disparities Seminar Series, an initiative of the American Heart Association's Strategically Focused Disparities Research Network grant awarded to the Center in 2015. 

This series, nested within the pre-existing IPHAM Seminar Series, features speakers whose research and clinical focus seek to address the disparate treatment of minorities and the socioeconomically disadvantaged in the broad field of healthcare.

Time and Location

12 - 1 p.m.
Thursdays, weekly during the school year
Baldwin Auditorium
303 E Superior Street

For more information regarding the regular IPHAM Seminar Series, please visit their page here.

Spring 2018 Speakers

March 1, 2018

Disparities in Diabetes Onset and Complications: Insights from Population Studies

Mercedes Carnethon, PhD, FAHA
Associate Professor of Preventative Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

May 31, 2018

Disparities and Differences in End of Life Care for Cancer Patients

Elizabeth Trice Loggers, MD, PhD
Associate Member
Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Medical Director, Palliative Care
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Fall 2017 Speakers

October 26, 2017*

APOL1 Nephropathy Risk Variants are Protective: Wait, what?

Orlando M. Gutierrez, MD, MMSc
Associate Professor
University of Alabama at Birmingham

*please note: this seminar will be held in Hughs Auditorium, adjacent to Baldwin, and is co-sponsored with Renal Grand Rounds

Spring 2017 Speakers

February 9, 2017*

Psychosocial Factors in the Emergence of Disparities in Type 2 Diabetes

Briana Mezuk, PhD
Associate Professor
Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Epidemiology
University of Michigan School of Public Health

*please note: this seminar will be held in Hughes Auditorium, adjacent to Baldwin

May 4, 2017*

Identifying Community Assets to Mitigate Place-based Disparities in Health

Brita Roy, MD, MPH, MHS
Assistant Professor, Section of General Internal Medicine
Director of Population Health, Yale Medical Group
Yale University School of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine

*please note: this seminar will be held in Gray Seminar Room, by the south entrance of Lurie

June 8, 2017

Of the People, by the people, for the people: Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) to Promote Cardiovascular Health among African-Americans

LaPrincess Brewer, MD, MPH, FACC
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Spring 2016 Speakers

March 24, 2016*

New insights into food and built environment inequities and their cardiovascular health implications.

Shannon Zenk, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor, Dept. of Health Systems Science
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing

*please note: this seminar will be held in Hughes Auditorium, adjacent to Baldwin

April 14, 2016

Building a Comprehensive Database for Investigations of Neighborhood and Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Mahasin Mujahid, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology
Martin Sisters Endowed Chair, Medical Research & Public Health
University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health

May 26, 2016

Discriminatory Stressors and Cardiovascular Risk:  Implications for Racial Disparities in Women's Health

Tene Lewis, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology
Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

June 2, 2016

Stress, Emotions and Cardiovascular Health Disparities: Current Knowledge & Future Directions

Susan Everson-Rose, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine
Associate Director of the Program in Health Disparities Research
University of Minnesota Medical School

For more information on the Disparities Seminar Series, or if you would like to suggest a speaker, please contact Dr. Kiarri Kershaw at or Amy Stump at