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24 April 2007
Emory Hosts Two-Day Conference Examining U.S. Immigrants' Diabetes and Obesity Risk
How do U.S. immigrants' risks of developing diabetes and obesity compare to native-born Americans? Leading researchers from around the globe will convene at Emory University April 26-27 for a conference examining the emergence of chronic diseases among foreign-born people living in the U.S. and the implications for research, prevention and public policy.

The research symposium, "Migration and Cardio-metabolic Risk: Obesity and Diabetes Among Foreign Born People in the United States," is hosted by the Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health. It will be held at the Emory Conference Center Hotel. The conference is open to invited researchers and scholars.

To schedule an interview with a conference researcher, please call 404-727-5692.


Thursday, April 26

9:30-10:30 a.m. - Migration and health: The big picture

  • Solveig Argeseanu, PhD, Emory University
  • Guillermina Jasso, PhD, New York University
  • Philip Musgrove, PhD, Health Affairs: The Policy Journal of the Health Sphere
  • Robert Stephenson, PhD, Emory University

10:45-11:45 a.m. - Lessons from global migration studies

  • Wil Fujimoto, MD, University of Washington
  • Oliver Razum, MD, Bielefeld University
  • Graciela Teruel, PhD, Universidad Iberoamericana

1-2:30 p.m. - Obesity, diabetes & risk behavior among migrants

  • Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, MD, University of California (San Diego)
  • Julienne Kirk, PharmD, Wake Forest University
  • Ted McDonald, PhD, University of New Brunswick
  • Marguerite McNeely, MD, MPH, University of Washington
  • Reena Oza-Frank, Emory University

2:45-4:30 p.m. - Short presentations on identifying knowledge gaps

  • Maria Araneta, PhD, University of California (San Diego)
  • Susan Duval, PhD, University of Minnesota
  • Sanjay Kinra, MD, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Jacqueline Lucas, MPH, National Center for Health Statistics
  • Ranjita Misra, PhD, Texas A&M University
  • Deepa Raj, PhD, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Fernando Riosmena, PhD, University of Wisconsin (Madison)
  • Peter Wilson, MD, Emory University

6:30-8 p.m. - Keynote: Globalization and health
James W. Curran, MD, MPH, Dean, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Friday, April 27

8:15-9:45 a.m. - Migration and health: What cohort data are available?

  • Guillermina Jasso, PhD, New York University
  • Alka Kanaya, MD, University of California (San Francisco)
  • Andrew Karter, PhD, Kaiser Permanente Northern California
  • Reynaldo Martorell, PhD, Emory University
  • Rodolfo Valdez, PhD, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

10 a.m.-Noon - Foreign-born representation in epidemiological studies and clinical trials

  • Larissa Aviles-Santa, MD, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • Sherwanna Clarke, PharmD, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Terry Huang, PhD, MPH, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  • Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, University of South Carolina
  • Ali Mokdad, PhD, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Phil Musgrove, PhD, Health Affairs: The Policy Journal of the Health Sphere
  • K. M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, MBA, Emory University
  • Meng Tan, MD, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Viola Vaccarino, MD, PhD, Emory University

2:15-4:30 p.m. - Identifying main themes & agenda setting
Robert Stephenson, PhD, Emory University

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