Distinguished NIH Officer to Present First Human Genetics Grand Rounds
The Miller School is proud to welcome Vence L. Bonham, J.D., Senior Advisor to the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Director on Genomics and Health Disparities and Chief of the Education and Community Involvement Branch, for its inaugural Human Genetics Grand Rounds on Thursday, April 17, at noon at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Jose Berrocal Auditorium.
Organized by the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics’ Center for Genomic Education and Outreach and the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, Bonham’s talk, “Genomic Medicine: Coming into Focus” is open to all faculty, staff and students.
In his lecture, Bonham will explore the challenges the medical field faces in preparing patients and healthcare providers for the genomic era, and discuss possible commodities and populations that will benefit from genomic medicine, as well as research challenges in addressing health disparities within the field of genomics.
Also an associate investigator in the Social and Behavioral Research Branch, Bonham’s research focuses primarily on the social influence of new genomic knowledge, especially in diverse communities, and the role of genetics and genomics in understanding racial and ethnic health disparities.
Bonham also is a member of the planning committee for the Hussman Institute and Stanford University School of Medicine’s third annual “Why We Can’t Wait: Conference to Eliminate Health Disparities in Genomic Medicine” set for September 4-5 in Washington, D.C.