Tuskegee University Biomedical Symposium Targets International Focus on Eliminating Health Disparities
by Anissa L. Riley
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (September 5, 2013) - “We Can Make A Difference” is the theme for the first international forum at this year’s 14th Annual Biomedical Research Symposium on Sept. 18-20 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University and School of Veterinary Medicine, Patterson Hall. World renowned speakers, scientists, educators, and community activists will gather to advance biomedical research through trans-disciplinary teams, creative partnerships, and a live video webcast featuring moderators/panelists world-wide.
The research symposium also highlights the One Medicine - One Health concept; a key strategic initiative of the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health (CVMNAH). The One Medicine - One Health initiative has for two decades guided the college’s academic mission to expand biomedical sciences and create connections between human health and welfare on one side with veterinary medicine, agriculture, food safety, epidemiology, bioinformatics and risk analysis on the other.
“Since health disparity diseases and inequities affect minority populations globally, and since the factors that impact health disparities and inequities are in fact trans-disciplinary, we believe it is important to strategically attack the problem globally by engaging relevant multiple organizations,“ said Tsegaye Habtemariam, dean of the CVMNAH.
The keynote address on Thursday will be presented by Gregory Parham, DVM, MAS, who was recently appointed by President Barack Obama as the assistant secretary for administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Washington, DC. Prior to Parham’s appointment by the president, he had served as the acting assistant secretary for administration at the USDA. Parham has served in a number of other roles at the USDA since 1982 including administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), chief information officer and associate chief information officer for APHIS, and executive director of the USDA’s “Year 2000 Program Office.“
“We are indeed grateful that Dr. Parham is joining us on this special occasion because of his broad based training as an epidemiologist, bioinformatics and information technology (IT) specialist which has given him immense expertise in quantitative studies, bioinformatics and IT as applied to food safety and animal health,“ said Habtemariam. “Participants will learn about and share information on current advances in biomedical research with a special focus on the synergism achieved by the congregation of multidisciplinary scientists and community representatives that will hopefully expedite and facilitate the discovery of pathways to solutions to the global health disparity and inequity dilemma that burdens minority populations in the United States as well as internationally,“ said Gopal Reddy, symposium chair and associate dean for research and advanced studies at the CVMNAH.
A pre-conference workshop, “Grantsmanship: Blueprint for a Successful Grant Application,“ kicks off the symposium on Wednesday at the School of Veterinary Medicine. The workshop will feature presentations from the USDA and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Thursday and Friday sessions highlight presentations from the views of scientists, experts, and community activists as well as encourage opportunities for changing the direction of health disparities for the better.
Friday will also feature the virtual live webcast round table, “Minority Health Oriented Forum.“ Also, on Friday afternoon, participants can enjoy a portion of the symposium dedicated to the “Phi Zeta Research Day.“ Students will share research with the scientific community as well as translate research data to the diverse audience. Phi Zeta is an honor society dedicated to recognizing and promoting scholarship and research in matters pertaining to the welfare and diseases of animals.
For more information on this year’s symposium, contact Tammie Hughley, 334-724-4540, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-registration is required.
A program outline and other symposium information can be obtained at: www.healthdisparity.tuskegee.edu/14thSymposium/symp14th.htm. To learn more about the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health, visit www.onemedicine.tuskegee.edu.