Renowned scientist to address Health Disparities Conference


Share this story:

Elaine Mardis, PhD, the renowned scientist who helped create methods for decoding the human genome, will be the keynote speaker for the Ninth Annual Texas Conference on Health Disparities May 29 and 30 at UNT Health Science Center.

Dr. Mardis, Professor of Genetics and Molecular Microbiology at Washington University in St. Louis, will speak at 12:30 p.m. May 29 during The Role of Genomics in Eliminating Health Disparities Conference. Dr. Mardis was recently named the inaugural Robert E. and Louise F. Dunn Distinguished Professor of Medicine.

As co-director of The Genome Institute at Washington University, Dr. Mardis helped lead the team of scientists that pioneered sequencing of cancer patients’ genomes. Since then, she has led the team that has decoded the genomes of several thousand cancer patients in an effort to understand the genetic roots of the disease. This could lead to targeted cancer treatments based on the patient’s tumor and genetic makeup.

Her keynote address will be part of the two-day conference to promote an understanding of the role of genomics in eliminating health disparities and to educate students, faculty, clinicians and the community about best practices and possible solutions. The event will feature national and local speakers, interactive presentations, panel discussions and questions/answer sessions.

Topics that will be addressed during the conference include “Personalized Medicine and the Elimination of Health Disparities, “Ethics and Public Policy in the Genomics Era,” and “Gene-Environment Interactions and Health Disparities.”

Register now
for the Ninth Annual Texas Conference on Health Disparities

 

Share this story:

46 UNTHSC physicians named to Top Docs lists

By Jan Jarvis   Forty-six UNT Health Science Center physicians have been recognized as Top Doctors, as selected by their peers for listings in Texas Monthly, Fort Worth Magazine and 360 West. Three UNTHSC physicians from Geriatrics have been recognized as Super Doctors by Texas Monthly...Read more

Jan 18, 2018

Turning the kitchen into a classroom

By Jan Jarvis   As someone who enjoys a good meal, Molly Chang was eager to sample the different dishes that are cooked each week in the Culinary Medicine course. “I love trying out recipes and eating new foods, so cooking with friends and getting a free meal is right up my alley,”...Read more

Jan 17, 2018

A ‘major league’ success

By Alex Branch A 2015 School of Health Professions graduate will help put injured Miami Marlins baseball players back on the playing field this summer. Steve Carlin PT, DPT, will treat players throughout the organization as the rehabilitation coordinator at the Marlins spring training faci...Read more

Jan 9, 2018

Research aims to optimize brain’s defense mechanisms to combat TBI

By Jan Jarvis   A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can happen to anyone at any age, in any place and under all manner of circumstances. An estimated 1.7 million people in the United States experience loss of cognitive and sensorimotor functions following TBI annually. Those who survive ...Read more

Jan 4, 2018