2020 Research Meeting

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Public Health Crises: The Research Community’s Critical Role in Readiness, Response, and Recovery

The virtual 2020 AAHC Research Meeting, themed Public Health Crises: The Research Community’s Critical Role in Readiness, Response, and Recovery, detailed the crucial role that academic health centers play during global health emergencies and public health crises. The meeting explored lessons learned from COVID-19, health disparities, and more.

Topics included:

NCATS & the Impact of COVID-19
Research in the Wake of COVID-19
Strategies for Increasing Racial Diversity of the Scientific Workforce
International Collaborations, Contributions, and Barriers


  • Schedule of Events
  • Presentations

All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

November 30
12:00 – 1:30 pm
"Early Arrivals” Session
Andrea Giuffrida, PhD (Facilitator), Vice President for Research, UT Health San Antonio
Richard J. Barohn, MD, Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, University of Missouri
December 1
3:00 – 4:00 pm
A Conversation with Chris Austin on NCATS, the Impact of COVID-19, and Future Plans
Michael E. Zwick, PhD (Facilitator), Associate Vice President for Research, Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Associate Dean of Research, Emory University School of Medicine
Christopher P. Austin, MD, Director, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, NIH
December 2
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Research in the Wake of COVID-19
Jennifer Larsen, MD (Facilitator), Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Conducting Research Safely During a Pandemic
    Matthew Lunning, DO, Medical Director, University of Nebraska Medical Center Clinical Research Center
  • Rapid Research Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic at the University of Cincinnati
    Melanie T. Cushion, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Research, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Senior Research Career Scientist, VA Medical Center
  • Knowledge about COVID-19 Among Health Care Workers in Mexico: Results from a National Survey
    Sofia Molina-Garcia, MD, Research Assistant, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • The TAME Study and COVID-19 Challenges: How We Adapted to the Global Coronavirus Pandemic
    Andrew J Heim, BS, CCRP, Lead Project Manager, University of Kansas Medical Center
12:15 – 1:00 pm
A Discussion with Mary Woolley from Research! America
Jennifer Larsen, MD (Facilitator), Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Mary Woolley, President & CEO, Research! America
December 3
10:00 – 11:30 am
Strategies for Increasing Racial Diversity of the Scientific Workforce
Chiquita Collins, PhD (Facilitator), Vice Dean for Inclusion and Diversity, Chief Diversity Officer, UT Health San Antonio
Marie Bernard, MD, Acting Director, The Scientific Workforce Diversity (SWD) Office, Deputy Director, National Institute on Aging, NIH
Roundtable discussion on the role of VPRs in health equity
December 4
10:00 – 11:30 am
International Collaborations, Contributions, and Barriers
Ann B. Nattinger, MD, MPH, MACP (Facilitator), Associate Provost for Research, Senior Associate Dean for Research, School of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin
Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Arkansas for Medical Science
Philippe Lambin, PhD, Dept. of Precision Medicine, School for Oncology, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University
Kathleen W. Scotto, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Research and Research Training, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Vice Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey
Ning Zhang, PhD, Vice President for Research, Peking University Health Science Center

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