Place: Hollings Cancer Center Room 120
Speaker: Dr. Edith Williams
Dr. Edith Williams is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her class="yshortcuts"doctorate is in Epidemiology and Community Health and she joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina in July of 2007, fulfilling a joint appointment as a Research Assistant Professor with the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities (IPEHD) and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Arnold School of Public Health.
Dr. Williams was deeply involved in the Buffalo Lupus Project, which was part of a five year federally funded community-based participatory research investigation of asthma and autoimmune diseases in minority communities of Buffalo, New York. In addition to research activities to uncover common causes of lupus and other autoimmune diseases in the area, this study documented lead levels at the Superfund site of concern and surrounding areas, played a leadership role in successfully advocating for site clean-up, and impacted continuing legislation to support lead screening. Dr. Williams also led an ancillary investigation of pre-clinical heart disease, inflammation, and traditional cardiovascular risk factors in the largely African American cohort of women with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) from the Buffalo Lupus Project.
Dr. Williams is a young African American woman who is dedicated to developing and implementing research that directly translates into empowerment and tangible gains for those most affected by existing health disparities. Currently, Dr. Williams serves as the Deputy Director for Research and Sustainability for the IPEHD and Principal Investigator on two projects examining whether self-rated travel burden disproportionately impacts African-American lupus patients’ ability to participate in clinical trials and regularly attend specialty care appointments. She recently completed a Pfizer Fellowship in Health Disparities that linked a psychosocial stress intervention with clinical measures of stress in African American lupus patients to assess the utility of this method in reducing perceived stress, and provide the necessary preliminary steps toward future investigations of potential mechanisms. Dr. Williams also serves as USC subcontract PI of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R21that is using a community-university partnership to examine and reduce environmental stressors in disadvantaged neighborhoods of South Carolina, and was most recently awarded a National Institute for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders (NIAMS)/NIH Career Development Award (K01) for a project titled, “An Intervention to Improve Quality of life for African-AmericaN lupus patients (IQAN)”, which will incorporate a unique ‘a-la-carte’ self-management program and measures of stress, depression, and quality of life among a cohort of African-American lupus patients participating in an ongoing SLE Clinic Database Project at MUSC.
Refreshments will be served to the first 25 sttende