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Seminar Series: Stephen McGarvey, Professor, Brown University

Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Nutrition Transition among Samoans
When Nov 30, 2015
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
Attendees Luciana Assini-Meytin
Olivia Carter Pokras
Jessica Goldberg
Sandy Hofferth
Danila Marshall
Lea Pessin
Michael Rendall
Elizabeth Seaman
Xiayun Tan
Yassaman Vafai
Yeats Ye
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About the Talk

The Samoan population of Polynesia has experienced rapid economic development and individual modernization over the last few decades of the 20th and 21st centuries. The nutritional environment changed as part of these regional political and economic changes, resulting in high prevalence of obesity and related cardiometabolic conditions. These overall temporal trends will be described, with foci on selected studies of the 1) food environment; 2) physical activity; 3) dietary patterns and metabolic conditions; 4) genetic epidemiology studies, including gene by environment interactions; and 5) maternal, fetal and infant influences on population obesity. Current and planned public health interventions will be discussed.

About the Speaker

Stephen McGarvey

Stephen McGarvey is the Director of the International Health Institute and Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health, and Professor of Anthropology, at Brown University. McGarvey earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Pennsylvania State University in 1980, and an M.P.H. in Epidemiology from Yale University in 1984. McGarvey is concerned with issues of human population biology and global health, specifically modernization-related induced socio-economic and behavioral changes, genetic and environmental influences on obesity and cardiovascular disease risk factor, tropical parasitology and child nutritional status and health, and environmental issues. His research involves developing-world countries such as Samoa, American Samoa, South Africa, Kenya and The Philippines. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and on the editorial board of the American Journal of Human Biology.

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Please note that, at the present time, Morrill Hall is not accessible for handicapped individuals.

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