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Event Type:  Meeting (This is an NIH Science event)
Title:  Community translation of genomics: leveraging family network systems to improve health in minority and underserved populations
Description:  About Speaker - Dr. Laura Koehly is a Senior Investigator at NIH/NHGRI, where she is the chief of the Social and Behavioral Research Branch and directs the Social Network Methods Section. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in Quantitative Psychology. Dr. Koehly's training in psychology and statistics, with an expertise in social network analysis, uniquely positions her team to investigate the role of social context in health. The ongoing programmatic work in her section aims to improve our understanding of the social contextual factors that influence health behaviors and psychological adjustment to inherited disease risk and diagnoses, with a focus on reaching underserved populations through her work. In so doing, this research can inform tailored approaches that leverage both genomics and social context to improve health outcomes. Dr. Koehly’s research program is focused on three thematic areas. First, her team investigates the role of family functioning characteristics on dissemination of hereditary risk information, encouragement of risk-reducing behaviors, and associated health outcomes, in families affected by both Mendelian genetic disorders and complex conditions. Second, new research considers caregiving as a network process, with the goal of identifying factors associated with resilience in the face of stress accompanied by caring for family members affected by inherited conditions. Finally, Dr. Koehly’s team benefits from the rich network data that they collect in their research, including multiple informants from multiple families. This allows her group to advance new methods for social network data that can be used to model complex systems to facilitate the exploration of genomic, social, and environmental contributions to both rare and complex diseases.
Series Name:  NIMHD IRP Seminar Series: Laura M. Koehly, Ph.D.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018   9:00am - 10:00am Add To Outlook Calendar     Add To iCal Calendar     Add To Entourage Calendar
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Name:   Laura M. Koehly, Ph.D.
Title:   Chief, Social and Behavior Research Branch
Organization:   NHGRI

Organization(s):  National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

Location:  On the main NIH Campus
Building:  Building 10, FAES Room 7 (B1C206)
Street Address:  10 Center Drive
City:  Bethesda
State:  Maryland
Zip Code:  20892

Name:   Stephanie Nisson
Phone:   3018270493
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