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Release Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 1:54 PM
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Dr. Ruffin of the National Institute of Minority Health
to Give 2013 Research Day Keynote
Dr. John Ruffin
Dr. John Ruffin

WASHINGTON (March 26, 2013) – Dr. John Ruffin, director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), will serve as the keynote speaker at Howard University’s annual inter-disciplinary Research Day at 1 p.m., Monday, April 1 in Cramton Auditorium.

Dr. Ruffin is a well-respected leader and visionary in the fields of minority health and health disparities. He has an impressive track record of developing and supporting programs to increase the cadre of minority scientists, physicians, and other health professionals. He is also well known for his efforts to draw a diverse group of researchers to the health disparities field.

Research Day will celebrate the breadth of research currently underway at Howard. More than 325 faculty members, undergraduate and graduate students will participate this year. Projects encompass research in the fields of education and outreach, health sciences, physical sciences and engineering, humanities, ethics and religion, and business, among several others.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. with opening remarks from Howard University Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, in the Blackburn Ballroom. Poster viewing and oral presentations will be held throughout the day in Blackburn and the Burr Gymnasium.

Major themes of this year’s abstract submissions include health disparities, women’s health, educational disparities, obesity, new media, social justice, and achievement for minorities in the STEM fields.

For an agenda of Research Day events, click here.

For more information about Research Day at Howard University, click here.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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