Research Day

Research Day

August 10, 2021
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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8:30-9 a.m. Welcome & Updates

Charles Mouton, MD, MS, MBA
Executive Vice President, Provost and Dean, School of Medicine

Research Update
Randall  Urban, MD
Vice President and Chief Research Officer

Legislative update
Lauren Sheer
Assistant Vice President, Legislative Affairs

9-10 a.m. Brain Health

The Mitchell Center: A hub for neurodegenerative disease research and drug discovery at UTMB
Giulio Taglialatela, PhD (facilitator)
The Lawrence J. Del Papa Distinguished Chair in Neurodegenerative Disease Research

The Center for Addiction Research: Research Solutions for a Healthy Brain
Jonathan Hommel, PhD
Associate Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology

Brain Health Research in the Department of NCBA
Ping Wu, MD, PhD
Professor, Neuroscience, Cell Biology & Anatomy

Promoting Brain Health Through Rehabilitation Sciences
David Brown, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Senior Vice President and Dean, School of Health Professions

10:15-11:15 a.m. Public Health

How is UTMB strengthening our campus through our Public Health infrastructure to improve health outcomes as well as respond to future pandemics

M. Kristen Peek, PhD (facilitator)
Professor and Interim Chair, Preventive Medicine and Population Health

Janet Southerland, DDS, MPH, PhD (facilitator)
Vice President, Interprofessional Education, Institutional Effectiveness and Health Education Center

Overview of EID Centers, Infectious Disease Basic Science Research, Galveston National Lab
Scott Weaver, MS, PhD
John Sealy Distinguished University Chair in Human Infections and Immunity

Intersection of Clinical Research, Provision of Care, and Implementation of Public Health Initiatives 
Susan McLellan, MD, PhD
Professor, Infectious Diseases and Medical Director, Biocontainment Treatment Unit

Vaccine Research and Future Plans
Richard Rupp, MD
Director of Clinical Trial and Clinical Research, Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences

Proposed School of Public Health Role – Public Health and the Pandemic
Cara Pennel, DrPH, MPH
Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine and Population Health

John Prochaska, DrPH, MPH
Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine and Population Health

M. Kristen Peek, PhD
Professor and Interim Chair, Preventive Medicine and Population Health

Future and Proposed Center for Pandemic Preparedness 
James LeDuc, PhD
Director (retired) Galveston National Lab

11:15-Noon BREAK

Room remains open and there will be scrolling information about UTMB research cores, departments and initiatives
Break Slides

Noon - 1 p.m. Keynote Speaker

An Unprecedented Time for Reaching Policymakers and the Public About Science and Technology
Jenny Luray, MPA
Vice President of Strategy & Communications, Research!America

1:15-2:15 p.m. Collaboration & Entrepreneurship

Collaboration & Entrepreneurship
Massoud Motamedi, PhD
Chief Bioengineering & Biotechnology Innovations Officer 

Lab to Launch: From University Research to a Startup Venture
Steve Guengerich, MBA
Associate Vice President for Innovation and Commercialization, UT Dallas

BioHouston: Building the Life Science Future
Ann Tanabe
Chief Executive Officer, BioHouston, Inc.