Nanibaa’ Garrison (Navajo), Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has appointments in the Institute for Society and Genetics, the Institute for Precision Health, and the Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research. She is a teaching faculty for the UCLA genetic counseling master’s program.
Dr. Garrison is the recipient of an NIH K01 career development award to explore perspectives of tribal leaders, physicians, scientists, and policy makers on genetic research with tribes. Her research focuses on the ethical, social, and cultural implications of genetic and genomic research in Indigenous communities. Using community-based research approaches, she engages with tribal communities to develop policies and guidance for tribes.
Krystal Tsosie, Vanderbilt University, Genomics and Health Disparities, Graduate Student. Tsosie's disseration is entitled: A Multi-Faceted Approach towards Conducting Genomics Research in an American Indian Community. Therefore, her aim is to utilize her available genotype and clinical data to create and test a validated multiple logistic regression risk model for PE to examine the genetic and non-genetic determinants that contribute to PE disease risk. Finally, her group is aware that there is a dearth of genetics studies with AI research participants, partially due to historical and cultural incongruities in establishing informed consent. Shw has a distinct opportunity to examine the ethical complexities of informed consent in an American Indian population. In totality, she presents a genetic, epidemiologic, and bioethical multifaceted approach towards investigating the impact of PE in American Indian women.