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Indigenous Coastal Health: Challenges and Opportunities by Matthew Gribble, Ph.D.

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Friday, June 20, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Conference Room in Suite 2080 AIRB OCW Video Archive
Seminar Abstract

Indigenous coastal communities may rely on subsistence foods for cultural and nutritional benefits. Unfortunately, net benefits to communities from traditional foods may be adversely affected by contamination. This talk discusses some of the ethical and epidemiological challenges of working in the areas of seafood safety and tribal health, and outlines some possible future directions.

Speaker Biography - Matthew Gribble, Ph.D.

Matthew Gribble, Ph.D.
Matthew Gribble, Ph.D. Division of Biostatistics, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Matthew Gribble completed his doctoral work in Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins on arsenic susceptibility in American Indian communities and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern California in the Department of Preventive Medicine, Division of Biostatistics, contributing applied statistical analyses to studies of mercury, arsenic, synthetic musk fragrances and other water and fish contaminants, with particular interest in exposures that may contribute to environmental health disparities for indigenous communities. He has also conducted a meta-systematic review on research ethics and community involvement in published systematic reviews and meta-analyses concerning American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian populations. He is currently working with Dr. Bartell and other external collaborators on a proposal to study mercury in coastal Alaska Native communities. As an undergraduate at Stanford, he conducted thesis field research at a mercury mine, and did a rotation in a marine developmental ecotoxicology lab where he first heard about the synthetic musk fragrances. Matthew spends a lot of his free time at the beach and hopes to continue a research career in coastal contaminants, in particular those with environmental justice implications.

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