Dr. Albert J. Farias was among a select group of honorees chosen for a 2016 program of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Dr. Farias is a National Cancer Institute postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas School of Public Health.
[Photo: Dr. Albert J. Farias]
“I feel honored to be recognized and part of an esteemed group of rising health disparities researchers,” says Dr. Farias. “I acknowledge the great team of mentors that have supported me through my research and career here at UTHealth including Drs. Patricia Mullen, Xianglin Du, and Sally Vernon.”
The Summer Institute on Health Disparities Science took place from August 15-19, in Bethesda, Maryland.
The program’s focus is to support talented scientists who are early in their careers and would like to develop research projects. The program will also encourage research on minority health and health disparities and will offer an expansive view of prominent issues in these areas through lectures, seminars, small group discussions and meetings with scientists from the National Institutes of Health.
As a postdoctoral research fellow at UTHealth, Dr. Farias’ work is funded by the Cancer Education and Career Development Program, Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research (R25 CA57712).
In 2015, Dr. Farias earned a PhD in health services research with an emphasis in evaluation sciences and statistics, and cancer prevention and control from the University of Washington in Seattle. His training gives him ability to integrate large amounts of registry and medical claims data with health behavior theory and apply advanced quantitative and qualitative methods to answer critical questions related to health care disparities and breast cancer outcomes.
He also earned an MPH from the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and bachelor’s degrees in biology from the University of California, Los Angles. He says he is committed to a research career identifying and addressing disparities in cancer outcomes which he feels is supported by his formal academic training and receipt of exceptional research support.
Additional information about the program can be found online here.