By: Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RD, ACSM Health Fitness
ASN Blogger @ EB2011
Rafael Perez-Escamilla is Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Director, Office of Community Health at Yale School of Public Health. In addition, he currently serves as Vice Chair of the Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) for ASN, which hosted a symposium on health disparities among minorities in early nutrition at EB2011.
Dr. Perez-Escamilla provided a highlight of the symposium discussion as well as the bigger picture he believes is creating the health disparities among minorities. Watch his video.
Another MAC highlight this morning was the Symposium Speakers & MARC Travel Awardees meet-and-greet. At this breakfast event, the ASN MARC students competed for the DSM Nutritionals, LLC Grand Prize for Young Minority Investigators. This is a new competition, and Maria Dao of Tufts Univ. was thrilled to receive the inaugural award. The research she presented at EB 2011 is title "Hepcidin in equatorial Ecuadorians: a link between inflammation, BMI, and iron status" and you read her abstract online.
Rafael will assume the MAC chairmanship June 1. Outgoing chair Kristie Lancaster has served as leader of the group since it was created several years ago. Thank you, Rafael and Kristie, for your commitment to ASN and the MAC!