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:

Helping UNTHSC be ‘the best in pharmacy’

By Jan Jarvis   Andrew Weis grew up in a family of pharmacists. His father, mother and brother chose careers in pharmacy, as did he. “Pharmacy has been in my blood a long time,” Dr. Weis said. “Collectively my parents, brother and I have 175 years of pharmacy experience.” Hi...Read more

Oct 18, 2017

A link between legalized marijuana and reduced opioid deaths

By Sally Crocker Opioid-related deaths decreased following the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado, according to a study led by a public health researcher from UNT Health Science Center. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, showed a 6 percent reduct...Read more

Oct 17, 2017

From personal trainer to PhD candidate

By Justin Sprick, GSBS student   I was working as a personal trainer in my hometown of Odessa when an article caught my eye in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. It was about using blood flow restriction exercise, which uses inflatable cuffs to reduce blood to the worki...Read more

Oct 13, 2017

A milestone for new Interdisciplinary Research and Education Building

By Alex Branch University and community leaders marked a major milestone in the construction of the new Interdisciplinary Research and Education Building, with an event celebrating the 5-story building reaching its final height. UNT Health Science Center President Michael R. Williams, new ...Read more

Oct 12, 2017