Congratulations to Charity Oyedeji, MD (Division of Hematology/Dept. of Medicine) and Collin Mueller, PhD (Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development) as recipients of the 2019 George Maddox award. The annual award supports the academic endeavors of young and aspiring investigators. George L. Maddox, PhD was an internationally known sociologist on the Duke faculty who helped shape the study of aging and human development.
Charity Oyedeji, MD
Dr Oyedeji is a Duke Pepper Scholar. Her project is a pilot study to determine physiologic resilience in older adults with sickle cell disease based on focused geriatric assessment and biomarker measures. Older adults (defined herein as age ≥ 50 years) make up 13% of the adults with sickle cell disease cared for at The Duke Sickle Cell Center. This population has experienced a lifetime of sickling and microvascular occlusion that has an effect on every organ of the body. This often leads to a functional decline and premature aging.
Dr Oyedeji gave a presentation of the project-in-progress at the 2019 American Society of Hematology annual meeting.
Collin Mueller, PhD
Dr Mueller is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke University. Collin specializes in mixed methods research design, team-based ethnographic and qualitative interviewing techniques, and quantitative methods for analyzing longitudinal survey data. His program of research is conceptually grounded in life course perspectives, relational ethnography, relational inequality, and cumulative advantage/disadvantage approaches. His current research examines relationships between broad-based racial, immigration, and health policies, organizational processes in workplaces, healthcare settings, and safety-net human service organizations, and how individuals make sense of these processes in the midst of their long-term healthcare usage patterns and functional health trajectories. Through his research, he seeks to advance social scientific knowledge on the role of organizations in reproducing racial/ethnic stratification across the life course. This work also aims to inform primary health care delivery for disadvantaged patients and contribute to interventions at the organizational and policy levels to more effectively reduce health disparities among older adults.