The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced the launch of their new center established to house population-genetics research projects. The NIH Intramural Center for Genomics and Health Disparities (NICGHD) will examine how genomic differences, as well as lifestyle and socio-economic characteristics, of population groups influence disease susceptibility and drug response. "This new center will be an NIH resource to help move research related to the complex factors underlying health disparities into the 21st century…for the benefit of minority groups and all Americans," stated NIH director, Dr. Elias Zerhouni. The Center will also fund training opportunities for students and scientists from underrepresented U.S. minority groups and developing countries.

In related news, the Global Health Initiative will host an event on April 2, 2008 showcasing the work of Dr. Doris Browne, NIH Breast and Gynecologic Cancer Research Group director, which synthesizes breast cancer-related health disparities and strategies to diminish them.

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