SF BUILD-based Team Wins Transformative Research Award for Health Equity

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A community-engaged, transdisciplinary research team from San Francisco State University was awarded an NIH U01 research grant through the NIH Common Fund program, Transformative Research to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity at Minority Serving Institutions. 

The team was comprised of Leticia Márquez-Magaña, Ph.D., Principal Investigator (PI) for SF BUILD; Charlotte Tate, Ph.D., Faculty Agent of Change at SF State; and David Rebanal, DrPH MPH, SF BUILD Pilot Grant Recipient. 

Their funded project will examine anti-racist healing in nature for BIPOC young adults by measuring telomere length and other psychosocial factors using the NIMHD research framework. This framework guides the gathering and analysis of data from genes to society with the goal of influencing policy and achieving better health equity. Notably, the research team members are from the Latinx, Black, and Pilipinx communities, mirroring the defined study population. 

Together, it is expected that their work alongside many BIPOC trainees and study participants will provide evidence of the impact of diversity on the quality and outputs of science, addressing one of the cross-cutting challenges issued by NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., and former NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity Hannah Valantine, M.D., at the outset of BUILD.

Read the full article on the university’s news page.

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