The Impact of Gender and Ethnicity on Illness

Do gender, ethnicity, lifestyle choice and language really increase the risk of overall cardiovascular disease? Dr. Nadia Khan, an internist at St. Paul’s Hospital, an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia and a clinician scientist at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcomes Sciences, hopes to yield some clues to this age old question. Funded by the CIHR and PHC Physician Scholar Program, she is investigating the risk factors for stroke and heart disease, including hypertension and diabetes among different ethnic groups in British Columbia. Results from her research will guide patients to make healthier lifestyle choices and aid physicians in identifying populations at risk earlier in the process.