Thom McDade is Professor and Faculty Fellow at Institute for Policy Research and Director at the Laboratory for Human Biology Research at Northwestern University. Thus, he is a biological anthropologist specializing in human population biology. Prior research in Samoa, and ongoing research in Bolivia and Ecuador, investigates how local cultural transitions associated with globalization affect human development and health, while research in the Philippines is exploring the long term developmental consequences of early nutritional and microbial environments. He is currently applying conceptual and methodological tools from this work to US-based research on health disparities, with an emphasis on the potential contributions of stress and environments in infancy.
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