Professor Laurens Holmes, Jr
Editor-in-Chief: Professor Laurens Holmes, Jr
Laurens (Larry) Holmes, Jr. is an immunologist and infectious disease specialist, and obtained his doctoral degree in cancer epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of Texas, Health Sciences Center at Houston. He is the head of the Epidemiology Laboratory at the Nemours Center for Childhood Cancer Research, Wilmington, and Principal Research Scientist at the Nemours Office of Health Equity & Inclusion, Newark, where he directs Pediatric Health Disparities Science research, training and education. He is also a professor of molecular epidemiology & clinical trials at the Biological Sciences Department at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE (USA).
His research interests include immunologic surveillance of cancer, health disparities in major adult and pediatric malignancies and bio-molecular basis of health disparities in pediatric morbidity and mortality. Whereas differences in pediatric health outcomes are driven by variances in social determinants of health such as socioeconomic status, population differences at bio-molecular level also predispose to health disparities in childhood morbidity and mortality. Dr. Holmes is a pioneer of ecologic modelling in understanding complex causal models of pediatric diseases and health including biomarkers of susceptibility, risk, severity and prognosis identification and characterization at population level. He is a founding member of the North American Pediatric Health Equity Collaborative (NAPHEC).