Charmaine Royal is Associate Professor of African & African American Studies, Biology, and Community & Family Medicine at Duke University. She is also a core faculty member in the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, governing board member in the Social Science Research Institute, faculty affiliate in the Duke Global Health Institute, and senior fellow in the Kenan Institute for Ethics.
Dr. Royal’s research, scholarship, and teaching are both transdisciplinary and global, focusing on ethical, legal, and social issues in genetics and genomics, particularly the intersection of race and genetics and its policy implications and practical interventions. She serves on several national and international professional committees and boards related to these topics. She directs the Duke Center on Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference (GRID) and the Duke Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center.
Dr. Royal received a master’s in genetic counseling and a doctorate in human genetics from Howard University. She completed postgraduate training in bioethics and ELSI (ethical, legal, and social implications) research at the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health, and in epidemiology and behavioral medicine at Howard University Cancer Center.
Understanding Sickle Cell Disease: A Biopsychosocial Approach
Crosslisted as GLHLTH 569 AAAS 569 GLHLTH 569
This course provides students with an overview of sickle cell disease, including its genetics, epidemiology, pathophysiology, medical complications, psychosocial challenges, and health service utilization from a global perspective. Students will engage in an exploration of the role of discrimination and stigmatization as they affect people with sickle cell disease, as well as differences in how the disease is viewed and managed in various countries.
Health in the African Diaspora
Crosslisted as GLHLTH 672 CULANTH 660
Exposes and explores the individual and joint contributions of biological and non-biological factors to health and wellbeing in peoples from various regions and countries of the African Diaspora. The course draws on a variety of disciplines, modes of inquiry, and health problems in comparative analyses of genetic, historical, political, and sociocultural dimensions of the African Diaspora. The content of the course is not limited to the transatlantic African Diaspora, includes other African Diaspora streams.