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Mar 12 2024

Causes of Death: Macro-Social Determinants of Health, the Biological Embedding of Racism, & Next Steps in Anti-Racism Research

Embodied Inequalities & Begando Lecture

March 12, 2024

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (CT)


Moss Auditorium, UIC College of Medicine Research Building


909 S. Wolcott Avenue, Chicago, IL

A black poster with the names of the two cosponsors on the top. Below in a grey rectangle is a photo of the speaker and his title to the left and on the right is the title of the talk, time, location, and how to register. Below the grey rectangle on the left is a paragraph describing the talk and on the right is a skull formed by triangles and circles that is disintegrating.

Join UIC's Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and the Department of Medical Education for a talk by David Chae where he will discuss a social-ecological, psychobiological, and developmental approach to studying racism and implementing anti-racist interventions. Racial inequities in health are caused by racism ­— a social and moral dilemma, as well as a serious public health concern. In addition to causing direct physical damage, racism is also embodied covertly, including via biological processes underlying multiple disease pathways such as accelerated aging at the cell level.

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Date posted

Jan 31, 2024

Date updated

Feb 15, 2024


David Chae | Director of the Society, Health and Racial Equity (SHARE) Lab & Associate Dean for Research at Tulane University

Dr. Chae's research focuses on social determinants of health inequities and the embodiment of racism. He studies racism as a social-environmental toxin that shapes the inequitable population-level distribution of disease. As part of this work, he investigates the interplay between social context, developmental period, behavior, and biology, and links to disease susceptibility and progression. He is an elected fellow of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, the honorary senior scientist society for those whose research is at the interface of behavior and medicine. He is Associate Editor of the journal Health Education & Behavior, on the Editorial Board of Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, and serves on several scientific research groups dedicated to the study of racism.