Research at GRID is interdisciplinary and integrative, producing scholarship aimed at shifting paradigms and advancing the field.
To effectively inform and transform how societies think about, use, and are affected by race we need a deeper understanding of current concepts, applications, and effects of race. We are conducting a variety of studies to gain insight into people’s interpretations, attitudes, and behaviors concerning race.
The very concept of “ancestry” is subject to misunderstanding in both the general and scientific communities. What do we mean by ancestry and how is it measured? What scientific, social, and ethical issues are raised by direct-to-consumer genetic ancestry testing? How do we asses and address the impacts of genetic ancestry testing on individuals and groups? We investigate these and other questions in our research on genetic ancestry testing.
Race in Research and Healthcare
Controversies over race conceptualizations and use have been ongoing for centuries and have been shaped, in part, by researchers (e.g. anthropologists and geneticists), and healthcare providers (e.g. physicians). We are conducting research to examine prevailing views of these professionals on race, ancestry, and genetics and their separate and combined roles in health and health disparities.
Genetic variations can cause people to respond differently to the same exposure (e.g. medicine, environmental agent, behavior). Environmental factors can also can also influence the expression of genes and health outcomes. Our research examines the complex connections between genetic and environmental factors, especially social factors that are associated with race.
Research, education, and engagement at GRID all explore aspects and impacts of sickle cell disease for individuals and societies.