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National Center for Geospatial Medicine (NCGM)

This CEHI effort is sponsored by the National Institute of Health’s Roadmap Initiative. The mission of Duke’s Center for Geospatial Medicine is to develop systematic, spatially-based methods for analyzing the pathways through which the environment, genetic, and psychosocial domains jointly shape child health and well-being. Specific goals of this Center are to:

  • Develop an interdisciplinary center that supports research on how genetic, environmental, and social aspects of vulnerability combine to affect children’s health and well-being
  • Promote interdisciplinary research interactions among programs in biomedicine, environmental health, statistics, and social sciences
  • Advance new methodologies for incorporating innovative spatial analysis into health research
  • Develop new and creative analytic approaches that address spatial/temporal variation, multiple comparisons, confounding, and effect modification
  • Train young scholars in the resulting methods

The CGM leverages active partnerships among the Nicholas School of the Environment, the Duke University Medical Center, and Trinity College of Arts and Sciences. The CGM links social, environmental, and genetic vulnerability using advanced spatial statistical approaches in combination with techniques from genetics and genomics. Using pregnancy outcomes as a prototype health endpoint, the CGM is developing a generalized framework for applying these methods to a wide variety of health endpoints, including autism, asthma, ADHD, and obesity. For more please visit the Center for Geospatial Medicine web site.

Funding Organization


  • Redford B. Williams, Jr., MD
  • Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience
  • 919-684-3863

  • Alan Gelfand, Ph.D.
  • James B. Duke Professor of Statistics and Decision Sciences
  • 919-668-5229
  • Christina Gibson-Davis, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor of Public Policy Studies, Center for Child and Family Policy
  • 919-613-7364

  • Geeta Swamy, MD
  • Associate Faculty/Obstetrician, Department of Maternal and Fetal Medicine
  • 919-681-5220

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