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Avery Research Center Hosts Speaker on African American Wellness

Posted on 18 July 2013 | 8:16 am

The College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and MUSC are promoting African American wellness through the Annual Ernest Everett Just Prize. The 2013 award recipient is Dr. Deidra Crews, an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Division of Nephrology. Dr. Crews will be presenting her research in a lecture titled “Unequal: The African-American Story of Kidney Disease” on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 6 p.m. in the Avery Research Center (125 Bull Street). This event will be free and open to the public.

“Dr. Crews is a leader in kidney disease research and I hope her presentation will give community members a better understanding of the impact of kidney disease in the African-American community,” says Dr. Patricia Williams Lessane, executive director of the Avery Research Center.

Established in 2011, the Ernest Everett Just Prize was named after an accomplished African-American doctor from Charleston. This $1,000 honorarium is awarded to an outstanding applicant with clear, focused research that serves to benefit the African-American community.

“We are so proud to recognize physicians and researchers who have dedicated their work to factors that impact African-American health and quality of life,” states Lessane.

Dr. Fatimah Jackson, a biologist, anthropologist and professor at UNC Chapel Hill, was the first winner of the Ernest Everett Just Prize in 2012.

For more information about the Ernest Everett Just Prize or Dr. Deidra Crews’ lecture, call the Avery Research Center at 843.953.7609 or e-mail Savannah Frierson friersons@cofc.edu.

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