Dr. John Ruffin, founding director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), will deliver the keynote address at Founders’ Day Convocation set for Sunday, October 19 at 3 p.m. in Lawless Memorial Chapel. The University will be celebrating its 145th anniversary. Founders’ Day is designed to acknowledge the founding of the university and its historical benchmarks.
Ruffin, a 1965 Dillard University alumnus, is a well-respected leader and visionary in the field of minority health and health disparities. He has an impressive track record of developing and supporting programs to increase the number of minority scientists, physicians and health care professionals. The hallmark of his career has been his success in institutionalizing minority health and health disparities research within the organizational structure of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The NIMHD has been leading the way in facilitating cross-agency collaboration among federal government agencies and private partnerships and integrating science, policy, practice and community efforts towards eliminating disparities in underserved populations.
Ruffin earned a M.S. in Biology from Atlanta University, a Ph.D. in systematic and developmental biology from Kansas State University and post-doctoral studies in biology at Harvard University.