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McDade Named Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Professor

Professor is director of the Laboratory for Human Biology Research

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November 9, 2011 | by Jasmine Rangel

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Thomas W. McDade, professor of anthropology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, has been named the Martin J. and Patricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Professor.

McDade is a biological anthropologist specializing in human population biology. His research focuses on health and human development, with an emphasis on stress and the ecology of immune function.

The development and application of minimally invasive methods for integrating physiological measures into population-based research also is one of his major areas of interest.

McDade has conducted research in Bolivia and Samoa, where he investigated how local cultural transitions associated with globalization affect child and adolescent health. In the Philippines, he is exploring the long-term developmental consequences of early nutritional and microbial environments on the regulation of inflammation.

Currently he is conducting United States-based research on stress and health, with an emphasis on the potential contribution of stress to health disparities. McDade’s research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

McDade is the director of the Laboratory for Human Biology Research, a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research and associate director of Cells to Society (C2S): Center on Social Disparities and Health. In 2002, he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.