Janet W. McGrath, PhD
Associate Professor of Anthropology
My central research interest relates to the bi-directional impact of disease on human societies, which encompasses the impact of social change on disease patterns and the social consequences of disease. Since 1988 my primary research has been on HIV/AIDS, with an emphasis in Uganda . I have been a collaborator with the CWRU-Uganda Research collaboration since its inception and have participated in multiple research projects through the collaboration, focusing on issues related to risk, transmission, the impact of disease, and most recently the development of new strategies for prevention, such as vaginal microbicides. Additionally, I have studied local perceptions of participation in clinical research and access to HIV treatment in Uganda . My short term research goal is to expand my research on HIV prevention strategies by continued research on microbicides and to further develop our research on access to HIV treatment. In the long term, I seek to examine the ways in which a biocultural paradigm is being used in the study of international and urban health and, specifically, to examine the ways in which the HIV/AIDS epidemic foregrounds the need to blend biomedical and social scientific thinking in terms of disease prevention.
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