Our Speakers, Panel Moderators & Workshop Leaders
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Patrick Stover, Ph.D.
Texas A&M University
Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture & Life Sciences and Director for Texas A & M Agrilife Research
Matthew Anderson, Ph.D.
Ohio State University Microbiologist & specialist in Native
American Indian health disparities
Kim E Barrett, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Graduate Education, Education and Human Resources Directorate, National Science Foundation
JudyAnn Bigby, M.D.
Senior Fellow, Mathematica, former Secretary, Executive Office of Health & Human Services, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Shauna Clark, Ph.D.
Director, NIH Academy, Office of Intramural Training & Education, National Institutes of Health
Georgia Dunston, Ph.D.
Professor of human immunogenetics at Howard University and founding director of the National Human Genome Center at Howard University
Patricia Francis-Lyon, Ph.D.,
Director of Bioinformatics and Research, Digbi Health, Associate Professor of Health Informatics & Computer Science, University of San Francisco (research includes investigation into the association between genomic factors and cancer in African-Americans)
Neil Hanchard, M.D., Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
Associate Professor of Molecular & Human Genetics
Bertha A. Hidalgo, Ph.D., MPH
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Epidemiologist and research specialist in Genomics of Cardiometabolic Diseases in
Constance B. Hilliard, Ph.D.
University of North Texas, Professor of African Evolutionary History, Author of Ancestral Gene Variants (AGV) Model of Ethnic Disease Susceptibility.
Rick Kittles, Ph.D.
City of Hope National Medical Center
Geneticist and founding director of the Division of Health Equities at the City of Hope
Jeffrey Long, Ph.D.
University of New Mexico
Evolutionary Anthropologist & Director, Genetic Computation Laboratory
Sreekar Marpu, Ph.D.
University of North Texas
Research Assistant Professor, in the fields of chemistry, materials science, biosensors and nanoagents.
Shannon McCall, M.D.
Director of the Duke BioRepository & Precision Pathology Center (Duke BRPC) and Principal Investigator for the National Cancer Institute's Cooperative Human Tissue Network Southern Division
Sam Oh, Ph.D., MPH
Director of Epidemiology, University of California at San Francisco, Asthma Collaboratory
Kim Pruitt, Ph.D.
Chief Information engineering Branch, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
Alice Popejoy, Ph.D.
Stanford University School of Medicine
Department of Biomedical Data Science, Postdoctoral Scholar in Biomedical Data Science and Co-Chair, clinGen Ancestry and Diversity Working Group.
Denise Perry Simmons, Ph.D.
University of North Texas, Senior Scientist Mechanical Engineering and Visiting Biomedical Faculty Chemistry; former UNT AVP Research Development, Director John Theurer Cancer Center Hackensack University Medical Center, NCI Cancer Research Fellow .
Alexander Sobolevsky, Ph.D.
Professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics and specialist in ion channel signaling of ancestral and derived gene variants, using cryo-electron microscopy, X-ray crystallography, electrophysiology and biophysical techniques.
University of North Texas (UNT) Conference Planning Committee
Dorothy Bland, Ph.D.
Communications Specialist and Journalism Professor
Chandra Donnell Carey, Ph.D.
Academic Associate Dean in the College of Health and Public Service, Co-Director of the UNT Center for Racial and Ethnic Equity in Health and SocietyAssociate Dean of the College of Health and Public Service
Constance Hilliard, Ph.D. CO-CHAIR
Evolutionary Historian and Ancestral Genomics Theorist
Kate Imy, Ph.D.
Historian and Managing editor of the British Journal for Military History
Pudur Jagadeeswaran, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology with specialization in Medical Genetics, especially the use of zebrafish to study the genetics of hemostasis and thrombosis
Denise Perry Simmons, Ph.D., CO-CHAIR & Scientific Program Director
Cancer Biologist & Translational Biomedical Researcher - TAGRI Scientific Research Program Director
Nancy Stockdale, Ph.D.
Historian of the Middle East & Gender Studies
Xuexia Wang, Ph.D.
Mathematical Geneticist and Cancer Research Statistican
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
Think Tank #1
Think Tank #2
Think Tank #3
Think Tank #4
Think Tank #5
Think Tank #6
3:00 PM (CST) Think Tanks Plenary Session
4:00 PM (CST) Closing Session: Pudur Jagadeeswaran, Ph.D