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AIM-AHEAD Presentations @ the University of Hawaii – September 8, 2022

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Colleagues from The University of North Texas Health Science Center will be visiting the University of Hawai’i to give presentations on some of the activities currently underway at the Institute for Health Disparities.

Firstly, Dr. Jamboor Vishwanatha will present his research on triple-negative breast cancer. Secondly, Dr. Harlan Jones will present on AIM-AHEAD, an NIH-sponsored program that aims to advance health equity through artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). AIM-AHEAD seeks to develop a consortium nationwide of trusted partnerships, and the Central Hub is focused on engaging Hawai’i, Guam, American Samoa, and other Pacific Islander communities. Thirdly, Dr. Vishwanatha will discuss the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and possible synergies with programs, such as COBRE, INBRE, and IDeA-CTR. 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, September 7, 2022


Jamboor Vishwanatha
University of Health Texas Health Science Center

Dr. Vishwanatha is a Regents Professor and Vice President, and Founding Director of the Texas Center for Health Disparities at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. He is a principal investigator of the Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Consortium to Advance Health Equity and Researcher Diversity (AIM-AHEAD), the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), the NIH Specialized Center of Excellence in Health Disparities, and the Texas CEAL Consortium. As the founding director of the Texas Center for Health Disparities, a Specialized Center of Excellence funded by the National Institutes of Health, he has directed health disparity research, education and community outreach programs. Dr. Vishwanatha received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) from US White House in October 2019.

Harlan Jones
University of Health Texas Health Science Center

Dr. Jones conducts biomedical and health disparity research to identify mechanisms of disease pathogenesis involved in cancer, infectious, and inflammatory diseases that disproportionately affect underrepresented minority populations. Dr. Jones is a recipient of the UNTHSC Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award and National Role Model Award. He also serves as Director of the Center for Diversity and International Programs at UNTHSC. Dr. Jones believes strongly in promoting continuing education and professional development for postdoctoral fellows and early-stage faculty through NRMN. Dr. Jones is also an investigator for AIM-AHEAD, as well as two summer undergraduate research training programs funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

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