Sarder presents poster at RCMI 2024 National Conference

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Sarder at RCMI 2024 Conference

Uma Sarder, a Meharry SACS M.S. Data Science student, recently presented the poster Racial and Mental Health Disparities in Substance Use Disorder Patients through NIH All of Us Data at the 2024 RCMI (Research Centers of Minority Institutions) National Conference.

Sarder and first author, Clarence White, Ph.D., MSDS ’24, are both using NIH All of Us data under the supervision of Aize Cao, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical data science and the principal investigator of this project.

The study explores the relationship between substance use disorders (SUDs) and other mental health disorders, and potential racial differences utilizing NIH All of Usdata. Their findings indicate a strong association between mental health disorders and SUDs, with a significant difference observed across patients from various racial backgrounds.

During and after the poster session, Sarder discussed the research work with attendees from HBCUs and other minority institutions.  

“There was a lot of interest in the project and questions about how I was able to utilize the All of Us data to build the study cohort and variables for the project,” says Sarder.

Aize Cao, Ph.D.

“The NIH All of Us data, comprising 45 percent racial and ethnic minorities, 60 percent women, and over 80 percent from groups underrepresented in biomedical research, is one of the most extensive resource available.” says Dr. Cao. “I use it in my lab, Population Health Informatics and Disparities Research Lab, for our research projects and to train the students at SACS for their capstone projects.

“Presenting the poster was a challenging and rewarding experience for me,” says Sarder. “But, it was a great opportunity to meet RCMI researchers and learn about the demand and new applications of data science in this community.”

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