‘Today’s Topics in Health Disparities’ on Wednesday Addresses Race-Based Medicine
The Kaiser Family Foundation hosted a live webcast, "Race and Genetics: The Future of Personalized Medicine," as part of an ongoing series of interactive webcasts about health and health care disparities in the U.S. A panel of experts discussed the potential of race-based medical solutions for improving health care and reducing racial/ethnic health disparities. Panelists also discussed the efforts underway to develop medications to treat diseases that disproportionately affect certain racial and ethnic groups, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of using genetic markers for race in medical decisions. Marsha Lillie-Blanton, Dr.P.H., senior adviser on Race/Ethnicity & Health Care at the Kaiser Family Foundation, moderated the discussion with Clyde Yancy, M.D., FACC, FAHA, FACP, medical director at Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute and chief of cardiothoracic transplantation at Baylor University Medical Center; Dorothy Roberts, J.D., Kirkland & Ellis professor at Northwestern University Law School; and Richard Levy, Ph.D., president of Levy Consulting and former vice-president for Scientific Affairs at the National Pharmaceutical Council.
The webcast is available online.