Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series

Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series
The Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series on Health Disparities Research brings an acknowledged leader in health disparities research to the University to present lectures and meet in small groups with faculty, fellows, and students, and visit community organizations. This series is sponsored in partnership with the Medical School's Program in Health Disparities Research, Center for Health Equity, and Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations. Additional support is provided by various sponsors for each different event; please see individual advertisements for more information.



"Discovering my voice as a scientist who happens to be Cherokee: Activism for Change" with Dr. David Burgess   
DATE: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
TIME: 12-1 PM; a light lunch will be served at 11:45
LOCATION: Mayo 3-100
Registration is not required but we do request that you RSVP for this event here.


MEDHDREASEARCH - David BurgessDavid R. Burgess, PhD, is a Professor of Biology at Boston College. He earned his B.S. and M.S. at California State Polytechnic University, his Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis and did postdoctoral research at the University of Washington. He has served as a college professor for over 35 years including positions at Dartmouth College, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and the University of Pittsburgh. He has been a department chairman and senior administrator.

He served as president of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) where he remains as Senior Advisor and he served as an elected Council member of the American Society for Cell Biology. He currently serves on the Public Policy Committee and the Minority Affairs Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology, the Native American Affairs and Finance Committees for SACNAS, the Advisory Board for iBiology and has served on the Committee on Opportunity in Science for the AAAS. He served on the NSF’s Biology Directorate Advisory Committee and their Committee on Equal Opportunity in Science and Engineering. For NIH, he has served on three study sections, chairing one, and one council and on the NIH Director’s Advisory Committee. He has been a member of numerous panels and commissions whose goal is to increase the diversity of the scientific workforce.

Burgess' research and teaching interests are in cell biology where he studies the mechanisms by which cells change their shape and control cell division. He has held NIH and NSF grants in support of this basic research continuously since 1977. He has published over 100 research articles and reviews. For his research, he has received a Research Career Development Award from the NIH, the E. E. Just Award from the American Society for Cell Biology and he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the lead principal investigator of the NIH Diversity Initiative’s National Research Mentoring Network to Diversify the Biomedical Workforce.


Past Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series:


"Culture, Race, and Research: Negotiating the Journey Between the Head and the Heart"

Presented by: Collins Airhihenbuwa, PhD, MPH, Pennsylvania State University on May 7, 2014.
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"Reducing Cancer Health Disparities among Asian American: Progress and Prognosis"
Presented by: Moon Chen, MPH, PhD, Associate Director, Population Research and Cancer Disparities, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Professor in Residence/Professor on November 19, 2013.

"The Curious Case of Cancer: Profound Geographic Variation in American Indian/Alaska Native Cancer Incidence, and Lessons to be Learned."
Presented by: Jeffrey Henderson, MD, MPH, President and CEO, Black Hills Center for American Indian Health on January 30, 2013.


"Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care"
Presented by: Dr. Augustus White III, Professor Medical Education and Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School on August 15, 2012 with the special community event, "What is Health Care Bias?", at UROC.
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"Disparities in Mental Health Status and Care in the U.S."
Presented by: Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD, Professor of Internal Medicine, Director, UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities on August 9, 2011.

"Toward a Fourth Generation of Health Disparity Research to Achieve Health Equity"
Presented by: Stephen Thomas, PhD, Center for Health Equity, University of Maryland in College Park on May 17, 2011.


"Social Determinants and Health Justice"
Presented by: David Williams, PhD, MPH, Harvard University on April 23, 2010.

"Community-Based Participatory Research: A Partnership Approach to Examining and Addressing Health Disparities"
Presented by: Barbara Israel, DrPH, Harvard University, and Angela Reyes, MPH, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation on May 11, 2010.
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"Community-engaged research: What's the value added for studying and addressing health disparities?"
Presented by: Meredith Minkler, DrPH, MPH, University of California, Berkeley on May 17, 2010.
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"Overcoming Racial Disparities in Healthcare: The Role of Patient-Centeredness"
Presented by: Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University on October 21, 2009.


"Overview of Racial/ Ethnic Disparities in Health Status and Health Care"
Sherman A. James, PhD, FAHA, FABMR, Duke University on May 23, 2008.

"Participatory Approaches in Asian American Health Disparities Research"
Presented by: Grace X. Ma, PhD, Temple University on October 16, 2008.
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"Recruitment and Retention of Minorities Into Clinical Trials"
Presented by: Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham on May 9, 2007.

"Changing the Mindset to Reduce Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disparities"

Presented by: Margarita Alegria, PhD, Harvard University on September 21, 2007


"Wounded Spirits, Ailing Hearts: Trauma in American Indian Communities"

Presented by: Spero Manson, PhD, University of Colorado on October 3, 2006.

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