New R21 Award from NHGRI for Susan Passmore, PhD

Susan PassmoreCongratulations are in order for CCHE Assistant Director Susan Passmore!

Dr. Passmore has been awarded a R21 grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) for her project, ‘Feasibility of an Innovative Method to Understand the Dynamics of Choice and Create Diversity in Genomics Research among Older African Americans.’

Despite the existence of substantial health inequities, African Americans continue to be underrepresented in genomic research that addresses the underlying diseases. This study will test the feasibility of an innovative method to gauge how multiple factors interact to influence the decision to participate in research.

The research team will examine a range of study “attributes” (scope of consent required, diversity of the research team, research goal, and institutional affiliation), to determine the relative importance of each in the decision to participate in research and the symbolic construction of trustworthiness. Dr. Passmore notes,

The goal of our study is two fold. First, we want to create a more accurate and actionable understanding of the challenges of genomics research engagement. Second, we hope that this information will allow us to develop an effective and simple, mobile-based methodology that can be used to test the feasibility/acceptability of research designs attributes prior to recruitment for a wide range of studies.

Dr. Passmore developed the methodology for this project during her previous work with the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity and published on it earlier this year in Public Health Genomics. Read the ‘I’m a Little More Trusting’ piece here. Look for an article on the specifics of the methodology in an upcoming issue of Field Methods.

Collaborators on the R21 project include CCHE Faculty Director Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, CCHE Research Ambassador Tyson Jackson, and Center for Community Engagement and Health Partnerships (CCEHP) Director Gina Green-Harris from UW-Madison; and Stephen B. Thomas and Gregory R. Hancock from University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. Passmore and team anticipate that data collection will begin in Fall 2020 as research activities resume. Congratulations, all!