UW–Madison’s Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) received renewal of its funding via the National Institute of Health’s prestigious P30 grant. La Follette School Professor Jason Fletcher serves as CDHA director.
Two La Follette School faculty members – Lindsay Jacobs and Lauren Schmitz – received funding from the Steven H. Sandell Grant Program to support their research on retirement and disability issues.
The La Follette School of Public Affairs held its annual Visit Day for prospective graduate students March 23. With COVID-19 interrupting the typical semester at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, this became a virtual visit day with 35 to 45 admitted applicants in attendance.
Social genomics integrates theories and methods in the genomic, social, and population health sciences to answer questions relevant to public health and social well-being. Research topics in social genomics and their implications for social and public policy are covered in this course. Key concepts in human genetics, population genetics, and statistical genetics are introduced, as well as historical and contemporary policy debates surrounding scientific advances in genomics. Fundamental questions include social repercussions of genomics research, the rationale for government intervention, and how to approach policy analysis in an era where the genomic revolution is changing how we think about privacy and personal identity.
For most complex traits or behaviors like educational attainment, smoking, or body mass index, our genes are not are destiny; they are working through the environment around us, and in many cases, healthy environments are compensatory. As a result, salutary health and social policy can lift all boats, regardless of the DNA we were dealt.