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TimesInternational Centre for Health and Society 2001 Seminar Series
19 September 2001 - 5pm0100,0100,0100
Carol Worthman
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Labortory for Comparative Human Biology, University of Atlanta, USATimes New Roman
Times'Hormonal Pathways from Social Inequity to Health Inequity'Times New Roman
Abstract TimesAlthough societal and structural factors create the conditions shaping population health, the proximal pathways that mediate relationships of context to outcome remain poorly specified. This presentation explores the role of neuro-endocrine dynamics that mediate relationships of society to individual outcomes, and uses a developmental ecological approach to operationalize “context” at the individual level in terms of the concept of the microniche. For this discussion, data from two population-based studies, one of lifestyle and well-being in Nepali children, another of developmental epidemiology in North Carolina, will be used to illustrate the use of neuroimmunologic, psychophysiologic, and endocrine-regulatory markers to trace pathways to differential well-being. Findings from these and related studies suggest a potentially more perturbation- robust approach to identification of macro-level conditions crucial to well-being, with the aim to inform social and health policies. Carol M. Worthman took her Ph.D. degree in biological anthropology from Harvard University, with additional training at the University of California at San Diego Medical School and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She joined Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, in 1986, where she is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Laboratory for Comparative Human Biology. Her work addresses the interface of culture and biology and its role in differential well-being, and employs a multi-disciplinary approach combined with comparative analyses between populations and species and across time (acute, developmental, evolutionary). RSVP essential E-mail: [log in to unmask]0100,0100,0100Times New Roman Patricia Crowley Centre Administrator International Centre for Health and Society Dept of Epidemiology & Public Health, UCL 1 - 19 Torrington Place London WC1E 6BT Tel: (International code +44 20) or (Domestic code 020) 76791708 Fax: (International code +44 20) or (Domestic code 020) 7813 0280 Email: [log in to unmask]