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Friday 5 November 2021 CENTRAL DAYLIGHT TIME 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

9:00 A.M.      Welcome  UNT Vice-President Joanne Woodard, Division of Inclusion, Diversity,                                Equity and Access (IDEA)
9:10   A.M.    Introduction Keynote: Francis Harrison, President National Association of 
                   Community Health Representatives (NACHR)  ,
                         Community Health Representative/Emergency Medical Services Director Wichita 
                        and Affiliated Tribes

9:15 A.M.      Keynote Speaker: Director NIH –National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)                           Gary H. Gibbons, M.D. 

10:00 A.M.   ELSI Panel 
         “What is at Stake? Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Community Engagement                to  Diversify the Human Reference Genome”
             Chair/Moderator: Alice B. Popejoy, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health 
                       Sciences (Epidemiology Division), UC Davis Health
•    Amanda M. Gutierrez, MPH, Senior Research Assistant, Baylor College of Medicine Center for  Medical Ethics and Health Policy 
•    Krystal Tsosie, MPH, MA, PhD, Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, Arizona State University (URL:
•    Laura Fejerman, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Director of the Women's Cancer Care and Research Program and Co-Director of the Latinos United for Cancer Health Advancement Initiative, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center (URL:
•    Lisa Goldman Rosas, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health; Faculty Director Stanford Medicine Office of Community Engagement (URL:

11:20 A.M.     “ANCESTRAL GENOMICS:  Re-Thinking Race in the Age of Precision Medicine”,                               Constance B. Hilliard,  PhD, Professor African Evolutionary History, University of                             North Texas, author Ancestral Genomic Variant Theory                                                                 


12:30 P.M.   Special Topic: David P. Cistola, M.D., Ph.D., Director, CoE in Diabetes & Metabolism, 
          Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso 
         “New Tools for Addressing Disparities in Cardio-metabolic Health and Diabetes Prevention” 

Methods Workshops:: 1:15 – 3:30 P.M. 
1:15 P.M.   Zebrafish Genetics and Functional Genomics: Pudur Jagadeeswaran, PhD

2:00 P.M.  Single Case  Design: Toward Precision Medicine: Prathiba Batley, PhD , Professor 
                     University of Louisville, College of Education and Human Development

2:45 P.M.  Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Applications in Genomics Research:
•    Mark V. Albert, PhD, Director, Biomedical AI Lab (

•    Heather E. Wheeler, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Dept Biology, Director Bioinformatics Gradate Program Loyola University of Chicago,  “Transcriptome prediction performance across machine learning models and diverse ancestries”           

4:00 P.M.  Colloquium: “The Cell as a Material: Translational Applications in Science and Medicine”   
     •    Chair/Moderator:  Denise Perry Simmons, Ph.D., Cancer Biologist, Translational Biomedical Sr. Scientist, Dept Mechanical Engineering University of North Texas, 
“Genomics, Variants and Proteomics: Bioenergetic and molecular determinants of                               cellular  material,phenotype and behavior in health and disease states”

•    Tae-Youl Choi, Ph.D., Professor Mechanical Engineering University of North Texas  “Development and application of a Microthermal Sensor: Thermal conductivity of biological cells at cellular level and correlation with disease state. 

•    Heather E. Wheeler, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept Biology, Director Bioinformatics Graduate  Program Loyola University of Chicago, “ Population-matched omics prediction increases  associations with complex traits”



FRIDAY. 5 November 2021,
9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. CDT

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