Call for Abstracts for Health Disparities Research Symposium

Barbara Gerbert

UCSF faculty who would like to present their health disparities research findings at the annual symposium can submit their abstracts for consideration until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

The UCSF community is encouraged to save the date — Friday, Oct, 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. — for a half day of scientific presentations highlighting health disparities research at UCSF. The event will showcase research through both oral and poster presentations at the Laurel Heights Conference Center.

“UCSF has a multitude of researchers with national and international reputations in disparities research and this symposium will provide a forum to showcase the breadth and depth of this work,” says Barbara Gerbert, PhD, event organizer and a professor in the Division of Behavioral Sciences, Professionalism, and Ethics.

“We welcome research from the diversity of disciplines at UCSF, from translational, clinical and population scientists, and both quantitative and qualitative work and research studies based outside the United States if these studies address disparities by race and ethnicity or social class.”

The goal is to build community among disparities researchers from many disciplines and across units, schools and campus sites. UCSF’s vision, as articulated in the strategic plan in 2007, is to serve the local, regional and global communities and eliminate health disparities.

For this call for abstracts, health disparities refer to gaps in the quality of health and health care, differences in biological and behavioral aspects of health and disease, and clinical and population studies by racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. The definition of health disparities includes differences in the presence of disease, health outcomes, and quality of and/or access to health care in the United States.

For more information about the symposium, please contact the event organizers, Eliseo Perez-Stable, MD, Victor Y. Fujimoto, MD,  and Barbara Gerbert. Please RSVP for the event via email to Amdrelyn Rivera

Abstracts can be submitted for work that has been presented elsewhere or submitted to a journal for publication, but not for work that has already been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

A committee will review abstracts and those with the highest scores will be selected to present during the half-day oral sessions.

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