Wednesday, August 13, 2008

LIVE Webcast: Race and Genetics - The Future of Personalized Medicine

Health disparities between some racial and ethnic groups have persisted despite programs aimed at reducing those differences. Recently, attention has turned to the potential of personalized medicine, the use of genetic or molecular information to make clinical decisions. However, there is not widespread consensus about the use of race in developing new medical technologies.

On Wednesday, August 20, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s live, interactive webcast series, Today’s Topics In Health Disparities, will discuss the potential of race-based medical solutions for improving health care and reducing racial/ethnic health disparities. The webcast on “Race and Genetics: The Future of Personalized Medicine” will take a closer look at efforts to study the interaction between race, genetics and health.

The panelists will discuss the efforts underway to develop medications to treat diseases that disproportionately affect certain racial and ethnic groups, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of using genetic markers for race in medical decisions. Other topics to be covered include which genetic factors are being used to personalize medicine and what pharmaceutical companies are doing to target the drugs and treatments they offer to certain groups. Questions for the panel can be submitted before or during the webcast to


  • Richard Levy, Ph.D., president, Levy Consulting, and former vice president for scientific affairs, National Pharmaceutical Council
  • Dorothy Roberts, J.D., Kirkland & Ellis professor, Northwestern University Law School
  • Clyde Yancy, M.D., medical director, Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute, chief, Cardiothoracic Transplantation, Baylor University Medical Center, and president-elect, American Heart Association

The discussion will be moderated by Marsha Lillie-Blanton, Dr.P.H., senior advisor on race, ethnicity and health care for the Kaiser Family Foundation.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 20, 2008, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET
Add this event to your Outlook Calendar (Please note that all times are ET).

WHERE: View the live webcast at .

HOW: The panel of experts will take your questions via email. Submit questions before or during the show to If you have never viewed a webcast before, please test your media player in advance of the live webcast.

Today's Topics In Health Disparities is a series of live, interactive webcasts devoted to addressing a range of issues relating to health and health care disparities in the United States. Each discussion features a panel of experts tackling current issues in health disparities and answering questions from webcast viewers. Previous shows have addressed topics including the influence of immigration policies on health care decisions, federal legislative efforts to address health disparities, and what it would take to eliminate the disproportionate burden of HIV/AIDS among African Americans. See for more details.

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