Precision Medicine in Asthma Care? How Genomic and Social Determinants Inform Racial Disparities in Childhood Asthma

Post Date: December 18, 2019


Studies have shown that asthma prevalence varies by race, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, and geography.

However, race is a social construct with no biological basis. And self-reported race is not the same as genetic ancestry.

So when SHOULD scientists and clinicians take race and ethnicity into account when studying a disease that affects 11 million children in the United States, including one in every six children in Ohio? There are valid reasons to do so, and invalid ones.

Learn more from this one-hour Pediatric Grand Rounds video, presented by Tesfaye Mersha, PhD, and Michael Sherenian, MD, MS, Division of Asthma Research at Cincinnati Children’s.

Watch the presentation


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