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Global Lunchbox: An Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Approach to Understanding the Spread of COVID-19 (Thom McDade)

When: Friday, March 12, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Cindy Pingry  


Category: Global & Civic Engagement, Academic, Lectures & Meetings


Please join us for the Global Lunchbox series, a weekly conversational forum hosted by the Weinberg College Center for International and Area Studies featuring work-in-progress by members of the Northwestern community.

This week Thom McDade, Professor of Anthropology, Faculty Fellow of the Institute for Policy Research, and Director of the Laboratory for Human Biology Research at Northwestern, will disciss his interdisciplinary, community-based approach to understanding the spread of COVID-19.

Professor McDade is a biological anthropologist specializing in human population biology. His work is primarily concerned with the dynamic interrelationships among society, biology and health over the life course, with an emphasis on life course approaches to stress and the human immune system. The development and application of minimally-invasive methods for integrating physiological measures into population-based research is also a major area of interest.

Prior research in Samoa, and ongoing research in Bolivia and Ecuador, investigates how local cultural transitions associated with globalization affect human development and health, while research in the Philippines is exploring the long term developmental consequences of early nutritional and microbial environments. He is currently applying conceptual and methodological tools from this work to US-based research on health disparities, with an emphasis on the potential contributions of stress and environments in infancy.

McDade is also Director of Cells to Society (C2S): Center on Social Disparities and Health, and Director of the Graduate Cluster in Society, Biology, and Health. McDade's work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and he was a 2002 recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

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