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

The crucial role that academic health centers play during global health emergencies and public health crises has never been more clear. And, the groundbreaking research conducted at academic health centers not only leads to medical breakthroughs and innovative discoveries, but contributes in important and substantive ways to every aspect of public health crises. Please join us at the 2020 AAHC Research Meeting, themed Public Health Crises: The Research Community's Critical Role in Readiness, Response, and Recovery, to share your experiences in this vital area. The meeting will explore lessons learned from COVID-19 and other timely topics, including mental health, gun safety, health disparities, and more. Take part in these engaging dialogues on the important work happening at our institutions.


  • Schedule of Events

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
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
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