The UNT Digital Library 2020 TAGRI Video Collection  

"Transdisciplinary Ancestral Genomics Conference Series" 

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ENTIRE DAY RECORDED:   click here Friday, November 20, 2020

   RECORDED: Welcome: click here Mark McLellan,Ph.D.,  Vice-President for Research & Innovation, UNT.


   RECORDED:  Greeting from Department Host   click here Professor Jennifer Wallach, Chair, UNT Department of                                                        History, author of Getting What We Need Ourselves: How Food Has Shaped  African                                                      American  Life   

RECORDED:  click here Introduction:  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. 

" Six Overlooked Hurdles to Achieving Diversity in Genomic Research" 

 RECORDED:  KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  click here Patrick J. Stover, Ph.D, T.xas A&M University
Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture & Life Sciences and Director for Texas A & M Agrilife Research 

                               "Population Heterogeneity and Human Nutrition – Where do we go from here?"​

 RECORDED:   WORKSHOP SESSION I:  click here Kim D. Pruitt, Ph.D., Chief Information engineering Branch, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

                           "From Consents to SNPs: An Overview of NCBI’s Network of HumanGenetic Resources and                                    data access"      

                         Workshop Description: To understand the suite of human genetic resources that support FAIR                                  data sharing including GenBank, the Sequence Read Archive (SRA), the Human Reference                                        Sequence, population and clinical variation (SNP and ClinVar), the Database of Genotypes and                                Phenotypes (dbGaP; including consents and controlled access to data), and metadata resources                           (BioProject, BioSample).

 WORKSHOP SESSION II: Shannon J. 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

                               Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), Protection Human Subjects, Required Certification, P                                             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”

 RECORDED:   Subject Matter Session I:  click here 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

                                 Genetic Ancestry,  Stratified Populations, and Health Disparities 

 RECORDED:   Subject Matter Session II:  click here Neil Hanchard, M.D.,  Ph.D.,  Baylor College of Medicine
Associate Professor of Molecular & Human Genetics  

                                “Why discoveries in the African Genome have the potential to benefit all of humankind”

                               Research capacity. Enabling the genomic revolution in Africa.

 RECORDED:  Subject Matter Session III:  click here Jeffrey Long, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Evolutionary Anthropologist & Director, Genetic Computation Laboratory

                             "Nested Subsets of African Diversity as an Alternative to Race for Understanding Global Human                               Diversity."

 RECORDED:  Subject Matter Session   IV:  click here Georgia Dunston, Ph.D., professor of human immunogenetics at Howard University and founding director of the National Human Genome Center at Howard University

                         "Genodynamics: Novel biophysical metrics for assessing SNPs in ancestral genomics                                                 research"




RECORDED:  Closing Plenary Session:  V: click here 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 

                        "Genomics: Shaping the Future of Health Equity in Medicine"


    RESEARCH TRAINEES ONLY:  " Education, Training Opportunities for the Pipeline High School through                 



ENTIRE DAY RECORDED: Click here Saturday, November 21, 2021

RECORDED:  Virtual-Live Special Interest Workshop by NSF Director Division of Graduate Education, click here Kim Barrett, Ph.D. Director, Division of Graduate Education, Education and Human Resources Directorate, National Science Foundation 


  RECORDED:  Opening Plenary Session:click here  Xuexia Wang, Ph.D.,Associate Professor of Statistics
Chair of Biostatistics Faculty Search Committee Westheimer Science Faculty Research Fellow
University of North Texas
​   "Adjustment for local ancestry in genetic association analysis of admixed populations"

  RECORDED:  Subject Matter Session I:  click here Matthew Anderson, Ph.D., Ohio State University Microbiologist & specialist in Native American Indian health disparities

                                “Approaching Native American communities on their own terms in microbiome research”.

  RECORDED:  Subject Matter Session II: click here Bertha A. Hidalgo, Ph.D., MPH,   University of Alabama at Birmingham, Epidemiologist and research specialist in Genomics of Cardiometabolic Diseases in
Mexican Americans    
 “Coronary Disease, Diabetes and Multi-factor in Ecological Niche Population-associated                                            Variants in Hispanic/Latino Health”

  RECORDED:  Subject Matter Session III: Clinical/Medical   click here JudyAnn Bigby, M.D., Senior Fellow, Mathematica, former Secretary, Executive Office of Health & Human Services, Commonwealth of Massachusetts   "What are the factors that account for racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes?" 


 RECORDED: Subject Matter Session IV: click here  Alice B. 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.

                             Precision Medicine requires precise measures and methods: Examining current                                                          perceptions  and  use of 'race, 'ethnicity' and 'ancestry' among clinical genetics professionals                                  researchers

 RECORDED:  Subject Matter Session VI:   click here Sam Oh, Ph.D., MPH, Director of Epidemiology, University of California at San Francisco, Asthma Collaboratory

                             Can Precision Medicine Benefit Minorities If They Are Not Studied With Precision

                             Diversity in Clinical and Biomedical Research: A Promise Fulfilled



 RECORDED:  Subject Matter Session V: click here 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) & Alexander Sobolevsky, Ph.D. Columbia University, 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

                           “The structure and function of the calcium-selective channel TRPV6 and its possible role in                                       disease" 

 RECORDED:  Session VII Translational Speaker:  click here Marpu Sreekar, Ph.D. University of North Texas
Research Assistant Professor, in the fields of chemistry, materials science,  biosensors and nanoagents.

                            "Examining the Role of Nanomaterials and Optical Sensors for Genomics Research"



 RECORDED:  Closing Session: click here 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

                  "How Tiny Zebrafish and their Surprisingly Human-Like Genome Can Benefit Medical Research"