Novel Approaches for Bio-social Integration in Epidemiologic Studies

Novel Approaches for Bio-social Integration in Epidemiologic Studies

Methodological developments are increasingly expanding the options for examining the biological pathways by which social determinants “get under the skin” to shape health outcomes across the life course. However, few forums are available for epidemiologists to learn about these innovative techniques. Applications of several novel biomarkers will be presented, including epigenetic signatures, telomere biology, thymic function, and T-cell phenotypes. We will describe recent advancements in the biological sciences that have facilitated the application of these markers and examine how they enrich epidemiologic approaches for understanding how social determinants interrelate with biological mechanisms, as well as challenges faced in integrating these approaches. The symposium will conclude with insights about future directions for bio-social integration in epidemiology.

Session Chair:
Allison Aiello
, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Lydia Feinstein, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Presenters:
Carlos Mendes de Leon, University of Michigan
Monica Uddin
, University of Illinois
Belinda Needham, University of Michigan
Amanda Simanek, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Lydia Feinstein, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Allison Aiello, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill