Dr. Thomas Arcury, Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine. WFU School of Medicine (Ph.D.,University of Kentucky) is a medical anthropologist and public health scientist with a research program focused on improving the health of rural and minority populations. Since 1996, he has collaborated in a program of community-based participatory research with immigrant farmworkers and poultry processing workers and their families focused on occupational and environmental health and justice. He has authored over 180 refereed articles and he has participated in the development of diverse educational materials intended to return research results to communities. He has also used research results to affect policy change.

Dr. Jay Kaplan (Ph.D., Northwestern), a physical anthropologist and primatologist who teaches one Anthropology course each semester, investigates how psychosocial stress influences disease. His latest research concerns the neurobiology of aggression, especially the unanticipated association among low cholesterol, reduced brain serotonin, and increased violence. Dr. Kaplan is President-elect of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and Associate Editor or the American Journal of Primatology, and helps direct a primate research and training program at Bogor University, Indonesia. His primary appointment is as Professor of Comparative Medicine and Associate Director of the Comparative Medicine Clinical Research Center at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Dr. Sara A. Quandt, Professor, Public Health Sciences-Epidemiology (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is a medical and nutritional anthropologist and faculty member of the School of Medicine. Her research focuses on rural and minority populations. She has led multidisciplinary research teams studying health self-management in diabetes and nutrition among older rural adults, as well as the impact of oral health deficits on social interaction and nutritional status. She also has conducted research on the health disparities experienced by immigrant Latino workers in agriculture and poultry processing in rural North Carolina. These include pesticide exposure, green tobacco sickness, food insecurity, and musculoskeletal injuries.

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