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Scientific Excellence through Diversity Seminar Series 2007-8

Presented by STEM-PLEDGE

  Dr. Mina Bissell     Dr. Esteban Burchard     Dr. Olivera Finn       Dr. Rick Kittles

January 31st, 2008


Scientific Excellence through Diversity Seminar Series

Dr. Esteban González Burchard, M.D., M.P.H.

Univeristy of California, San Francisco

"The Importance of Race/Ethnicity in Biomedical Research and Clinical Practice"

Reception with hors d'oeurves to follow

Burchard Lunch
Burchard Lunch 2
Burchard Sem
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Burchard Group

Dr. Esteban González Burchard , M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Biopharmaceutical Sciences and Medicine, University of California, San Francisco


Dr. Esteban Burchard grew up in the Latino section of San Francisco, the Mission District, with his mother a former migrant worker who later became a teacher. When Burchard was a medical

resident, he conceived the idea for the Genetics of Asthma in Latino Americans (GALA) Study, which compares genetic, environmental, and clinical characteristics between Puerto Rican and Mexican asthmatics. Puerto Rican children have the highest asthma prevalence, morbidity and mortality, yet they do not achieve the same benefit from asthma medications as other populations. From this study, Dr. Burchard has discovered that Puerto Rican children have lower drug response to albuterol, the most commonly prescribed bronchodilator asthma medication, than Mexican children. Dr. Burchard’s findings help explain why subjects of Mexican or Puerto

Rican ancestry differ in their response to bronchodilators and raises questions about the efficacy of medications for minority populations.


What we saw was a pretty clear ethnic response

to a commercially prescribed medicine. To my

mind, that is a travesty.”