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March 15, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Integrative Biosciences Center IBio Conference Center | Map
6135 Woodward Ave.
Detroit , MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Wayne State University community is invited to attend an IBio Seminar with guest speaker, Jaime Slaughter-Acey, Ph.D., from Drexel University, on March 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the floor seminar room of IBio, located at 6135 Woodward. The seminar is free; registration is requested.

Dr. Slaughter-Acey will be presenting "The Social Epidemiology of Birth Outcomes." Dr. Slaughter-Acey is an assistant professor in the Departments of Doctoral Nursing and Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Drexel University. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University, a Master of Public Health from Tulane University, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her research interests and goals are closely aligned with the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities’ mission to improve the health of minorities and eliminate health disparities as well as that of the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development. 


The U.S. has one of the highest rates of infant mortality among industrialized nations despite the United States outspending other developed countries in healthcare. Since the early 1970’s African American infants have persistently had an infant mortality rate more than twice the rate of white infants.  Racial disparities of a similar magnitude can also be seen in preterm birth (born less than 37 week’s gestation) and low birthweight (born <2500 grams). Black children also have higher rates of cerebral palsy (CP), a neurodevelopmental condition with origins in the perinatal period.

Considerable effort has been devoted to understand the reasons behind such racial disparities in perinatal outcomes. Dr. Slaughter-Acey will discuss the social epidemiology of perinatal outcomes from a life-course perspective.  Her research examines racial discrimination and social mobility over the life-course in relation to preterm birth and fetal growth. Dr. Slaughter's research also examines racial disparities in the risk of cerebral palsy and its severity, and uses a systems approach to investigate social and biomedical risk factor that may result in the differential risk of CP.

We hope you can join us for this interesting IBio seminar!

For more information about this event, please contact Julie O'Connor at 3135775600 or julie.oconnor@wayne.edu.