Dr. Curtis L. Parker Student Research Symposium
The Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) Curtis L. Parker Student Research Symposium is an annual event showcasing research led by MSM residents, medical and graduate students, undergraduate students in the Atlanta University Center, as well as colleges and universities across the state of Georgia. Each year, a keynote address is presented by world-renowned researchers and other leaders in science.
The 32nd Annual Morehouse School of Medicine Curtis L. Parker Student Research Symposium will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m at the Louis W. Sullivan National Center for Primary Care Auditorium and Atrium, 720 Westview Drive, Atlanta, GA 30310.
|8:30am – 9:00am||Continental Breakfast|
|9:00am – 9:15am||Welcome|
|9:15am – 12:15pm||Oral Presentations|
|12:15pm – 1:15pm||Lunch|
|1:15pm – 2:45pm||Poster Session|
Introduction Of Keynote Speaker
|4:15pm||Award Presentation To Keynote Speaker|
|4:20pm||Three-Minute Thesis® Competition|
|4:45pm||Presentation Of Student Awards|
Turning Discovery into Health: The Need to Move from Incremental Improvements to Transformative Health Impact for All
This year's speaker is George A. Mensah, M.D., FACC Division Director, Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute National Institutes of Health (NIH). His lecture titled, "Turning Discovery into Health: The Need to Move from Incremental Improvements to Transformative Health Impact for All," will discuss the rationale for establishing the Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science (CTRIS) at the NIH and its core objectives and purpose. Specific examples to be discussed will include their global health research capacity-building initiatives in low- and middle-income countries. The lecture will conclude with examples of current NIH initiatives to support health disparities research, promote scientific workforce diversity, and address racial disparities in NIH research funding.
Dr. Mensah is a senior advisor in the Immediate Office of the Director at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Mensah’s primary focus is in the application of implementation and systems science approaches to address research translation gaps in order to maximize health impact in the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and the elimination of health inequities. Click here to read Dr. Mensah's full bio.
Prior Keynote Speakers
2019 "Catalyzing Translation Innovation," presented by Christopher P. Austin, M.D., director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
2018 “Marching Ahead to Advance Health in the Era of Precision Medicine,” presented by Vence L. Bonham, Jr., J.D., Senior Advisor to the National Human Genomic Research Institute (NHGRI), Director on Genomics and Health Disparities and Associate Investigator, Social and Behavioral Research Branch.
2017 “HPV Vaccine: FDA Approval was just the beginning,” presented by Douglas R. Lowy, M.D., Acting Director, National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health.
2016 “Snapshot of a Thriving Biomedical Research Enterprise in 2016,” presented by Claire Pomeroy, M.D., M.B.A., President of the Lasker Foundation
The Legacy of Dr. Curtis L. Parker
Dr. Curtis L. Parker joined Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in 1983 as Associate Professor of Anatomy and rose to the rank of Professor in 1985. His legacy is that of an outstanding biomedical research scientist and a primary facilitator in providing opportunities for aspiring research students to interact with scientists of national and international acclaim.
He served as Associate Dean for Basic Science and Research from 1992 to 1996 and Acting Dean from July 1995 to December 1995. Dr. Parker was also Chairperson of the Student Academic Progress and Promotion Committee, Chairperson of the Department of Anatomy from 1989 until his death in 1998, and a chairperson or a member of virtually every major committee at Morehouse School of Medicine. Prior to joining MSM, he was an Associate Professor at (Clark) Atlanta University from 1981 to 1983 and an Assistant Professor at Bowman Gray School of Medicine from 1975 to 1980.His untiring efforts made it possible for some ninety medical students to participate in the Fellows Program of the National Center for Infectious Diseases. Today, this program remains instrumental in exposing medical students to an environment where innovative and state-of-the-art research is being performed and encourages them to participate.
For his many contributions to the MSM and broader scientific community, on November 6, 1998, Dean E. Nigel Harris proclaimed what was once ‘Student Research Day’ at MSM as the Annual Curtis L. Parker Student Research Symposium.