Keynote by Prof. Bridget Goosby, "The immune system and the brain: What can they tell us about racism and chronic disease risk?"

  • Datum: 19.09.2022
  • Uhrzeit: 16:00 - 18:00
  • Vortragende: Bridget Goosby
  • Prof. Dr. Bridget Goosby is Professor of Sociology and co-director of the LifeHD Health Disparities Research Lab at the University of Texas at Austin with Dr. Jacob Cheadle. The primary aim of her work has been to measure and assess the dynamic biosocial pathways through which social marginalization more broadly and racism specifically, shape the health risks of targeted populations over the life course. She was recently elected a lifetime member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for contributions to this research area. Her collaborative work to date has integrated innovative dynamic methodological approaches including biometric lab based and ambulatory technology methods coupled with mixed methods approaches leveraging biomarker, qualitative, and survey data. She is currently leading a Spencer Foundation supported national mixed method study examining the health profiles, racism experiences, coping, and professional navigation of black women faculty on the tenure track.
  • Ort: Togostr. 76, 13351 Berlin
  • Gastgeber: Max Planck Research Group Biosocial

“The immune system and the brain: What can they tell us about racism and chronic disease risk?”

Immune system activity plays a critical role in chronic inflammatory conditionssuch as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and autoimmunediseases. Inflammation, which is a function of immune activity, is also associatedwith psychological conditions including depression, anxiety, and post-traumaticstress disorders. In the US, minoritized populations are at higher risk forexperiencing many of these health conditions, with risk being linked to contextsshaped by racism and discrimination. Social scientists are increasingly usingbiosocial approaches to study how racism ‘gets under the skin,’ but tend to do soin ways that mimic the reductionism of the biological sciences they borrow from.In this talk, I will consider how the brain and immune system interact with oneanother and these processes shape health and behavior. In doing so, thisdiscussion seeks to develop a more inclusive perspective for understandingbiosocial pathways linking social conditions to health outcomes via the dynamicinterplay between the brain and immune function.


4 pm - Keynote:

Prof. Bridget Goosby, The University of Texas at Austin

"The immune system and the brain: What can they tell us about racism and chronic disease risk?"

5 pm - Panel:

Prof. Bridget Goosby (UT Austin)

Dr. Merih Ateş (DeZIM)Muna Aikins (MPRG Biosocial & EOTO)

"Studying health effects of racism across the globe"

6pm – Meet and Greet

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