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These THINK TANKS will be platforms for sharing ideas, proposing grant-competitive solutions to shared research problems, networking with colleagues and forming transdisciplinary collaborations. The THINK TANKS Sessions will meet online the afternoon of November 21, 2020, under the team leadership of Denise Perry Simmons, Ph.D., UNT Engineering Senior Scientist, Visiting Biomedical Faculty Chemistry, and Faculty Scholar Jim McNatt Logistics Research Institute-Healthcare.
THINK TANK 1 - Building an Industry, Medicine, Science and Community-based Collaboration for Genetic Niche biospecimen, authenticated cell lines and an archival portfolio of their comprehensive marker profiles (retrospective and prospective), data/information sciences/cyber security.
Cognizant Co-chair Nicole Bollinger, MBA, University Hospitals Research & Education Institute, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
THINK TANK 2 Strategic Analysis of the Ancestral Genomic Theoretical Model Equation for Empirical Testing -- Proof of Concept
Cognizant Co-Chair, Jeffrey Long, Ph.D. College of Arts & Sciences, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
THINK TANK 3 Hypothesis Modeling in Improving Health Disparities Outcomes -- Epidemiological, Anthropological, Genomic and Proteomic, Precision Nutrition Approaches
Cognizant Co-Chair, Victor Prybutok, Ph.D., CQE, CQA, CMQ/OE, PSTAT®, G. Brint Ryan College of Business & Toulouse Graduate School, University of North Texas
THINK TANK 4 Biosensor and Nano-agent Design, Development and Testing to Target Ecological/Genetic Niche Identified Medical Paradoxes
Cognizant Co-chair Pudur Jagadeeswaran, PhD., College of Science, Dept Biological Sciences, University of North Texas
THINK TANK 5 Precision Medicine: Investigating Translation of Single Case Experimental Design (SCED) in Preclinical and Clinical Research Models for Advancing Diversification of the Human Genome
Cognizant Co-chair Prathiba Natesan Batley, Ph.D, College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Brunel University London
THINK TANK 6 Communication Pathways to Health Equity: Investigating Awareness, Education and Training Approaches and Methods in 6.1 race versus ancestry in Genome Medicine,
6.2 Pharmacogenomics versus Racialized Medicine.
Cognizant Co-Chair Gayle Prybutok, BSN, MBA, PhD, College of Health and Public Service, Dept Rehabilitation and Health Services.
The Conference workshops and panels will take place on Friday, November 20, and Saturday, November 21, 2020. NO REGISTRATION FEE but virtual seating is limited.
Friday, November 20, 2020
(All Sessions (Central Standard Time/GMT -6 hours)
10 AM (CST) Welcome: Mark McLellan,Ph.D., Vice-President for Research & Innovation, UNT.
10:10 AM (CST) Greeting from Department Host: Professor Jennifer Wallach, Chair, UNT Department of History, author of Getting What We Need Ourselves: How Food Has Shaped African American Life
10:20 AM (CST) Introduction: Constance B. Hilliard, Ph.D.,
“Therapeutic & Other Health Applications for the Ancestral Gene Variant Theoretical Model in African-Americans & Other Underrepresented Populations
10:30 AM (CST) KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Patrick J. Stover, Ph.D.
"Population Heterogeneity and Human Nutrition – Where do we go from here?"
11:45 AM (CST WORKSHOP SESSION I: Kim D. Pruitt, Ph.D.
IRB, Consents, Cybersecurity, DATA: Digital, Sharing, Entry, Mining, Sites, Repurposing, Retrieving. REPOSITORIES:
Resource Access, Building and Joining (special emphasis on human data) “Resources, and the Challenges of Translating Theory into Empirical Studies & Clinical Research Protection of Human Subjects throughout the Data Life Cycle”
1:00 PM (CST) WORKSHOP SESSION II: Shannon J. McCall, M.D.
Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), Protection Human Subjects, Required Certification, Protocols, Recruiting, Consent, Confidentiality, HIPAA, Patient Safety, Tissue /Cell Repositories Biobanks, Collaborations – whose IRB? “Protection of Human Subjects Challenges in Basic, Pre-clinical and Clinical Research: Responding to the Authentication Crisis”
2:15 PM (CST) HEALTH EQUITIES SESSION: Rick Kittles, Ph.D.
3:15 PM (CST) Neal Hanchard, Ph.D.
Saturday, November 21,
9:30 A.M.- 11:30 A.M. (Central Time) Students ONLY Special Interest Workshop NSF & NIH: Kim E. Barrett, Ph.D. & Shauna Clark, Ph.D.
“Education, Training Opportunities for the Pipeline High School through Graduate School”
8:30. Opening Plenary Session: Xuexia Wang, Ph.D.
8:45. Subject Matter Session I: Matthew Anderson, Ph.D.
“Approaching Native American communities on their own terms in microbiome research”.
9:50 Subject Matter Session II: Alice B. Popejoy, Ph.D.
“Precision Medicine requires precise measures and methods: Examining current perceptions and use of 'race, 'ethnicity' and 'ancestry' among clinical genetics professionals and researchers”
10:45 Subject Matter Session III: Bertha A. Hidalgo, Ph.D., MPH
“Coronary Disease, Diabetes and Multi-factor in Ecological Niche Population-associated Variants in Hispanic/Latino Health”
11:45 Subject Matter Session IV: Alexander Sobolevsky, Ph.D.
“The structure and function of the calcium-selective channel TRPV6 and its possible role in disease"
12:45 PM (CST) Subject Matter Session VI: Patricia A. Francis-Lyons, Ph.D.
“Bioinformatics, Ancestral Databases and Delineations in Ancestral Populations: A look at Health/Bio-informatics and cancer disparities in under-represented populations”
4:15 PM (CST) Subject Matter Session VII: Rafiki Cai
“"How Do We Interest The Lay Person In The Matter of Genomics"
12:45 PM (CST) THINK TANK SESSIONS/Simultaneous: Denise Perry Simmons, Ph.D. - Introduction
Research Concepts: Empirical Investigations Causative Variants, Proof of Concept Ancestral Genomics Variant Model; Translation 6 SRIM target diseases bench to clinic; Funding Opportunities: Developing subject matter collaborative research
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3:00 PM (CST) Think Tanks Plenary Session
4:00 PM (CST) Closing Session: Pudur Jagadeeswaran, Ph.D