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Program Highlights

Diverse Voices, Diverse Science: A Future of Excellence in STEM Research 

2016 Final Program
2016 Preliminary Program

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Innovations in Research and Discovery While Increasing Diversity

Wednesday, November 9 | 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Juan E. Gilbert, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Florida

Juan E. Gilbert is the Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and Chair of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida where he leads the Human Experience Research Lab. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies, an Association for Computing Machinery Distinguished Scientist and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Dr. Gilbert was recently named one of the 50 most important African-Americans in Technology.

Where Will a Ph.D. Take You?

Thursday, November 10 | 10:45 am - 11:45 am


Stefano Bertuzzi, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Chief Executive Officer, American Society for Microbiology

In January 2016 Stefano Bertuzzi became the Chief Executive Officer of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). ASM is the oldest and largest single life science membership organization in the world, counting over 47,000 members. Dr. Bertuzzi has authored numerous research publications in neurobiology and science policy which have been published in top scientific journals. His research activities led to the discovery of a novel family of homeobox genes involved in the regulation of neuronal axon guidance in the visual system.


Regenerative Engineering: The Future of Tissue Regeneration

Thursday, November 10 | 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm


Cato T.  Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, University of Connecticut, founder and director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering, and the founder and director of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences at UConn Health

Cato Laurencin is the first orthopaedic surgeon elected to membership in both the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering. A renowned physician-scientist, he is a pioneer in the area of Regenerative Engineering and was awarded the National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Grant Award for his work in limb regeneration.

An Update on the NIH-Lacks Family Partnership

Friday, November 11 | 8:00 am - 9:00 am


HeLa Panel

Family of Henrietta Lacks

The HeLa cell line was established in 1952 from biopsy specimens of Henrietta Lacks, a cervical cancer patient. HeLa is the oldest and most widely used human cell line and has been an extraordinarily important resource for science and medicine throughout the world. The use of HeLa cells has been directly associated with the work of 12 Nobel prizes in physiology or medicine between the years of 2001 and 2011.

This session is a follow-up to the 2013 ABRCMS session that introduced the NIH-Lacks family agreement, and will include updates from NIH, as well as personal reflections from Lacks family representatives.


Small World Health Protection: Risks and Resilience

Friday, November 11 | 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm


Julie Gerberding, M.D., M.P.H.
Executive Vice President, Strategic Communications, Global Public Policy, and Population Health, Merck

In her six years as the first woman director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH guided the nation’s leading health protection agency through an era of rapid growth, globalization and innovative transformation. In 2005, TIME magazine named her as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” for her leadership in modernizing CDC in the face of unprecedented health threats like bioterrorism and SARS.

The Other Wes Moore

Saturday, November 12 | 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm 


Wes Moore
New York Times Best-Selling Author and CEO of BridgeEdU

Wes Moore is a decorated Army combat veteran, youth advocate, and CEO of BridgeEdU, a national initiative focusing on addressing the college completion and career placement crisis by reinventing the freshman year of college. He is also the author of two instant New York Times best-selling books, The Other Wes Moore and The Work. Mr. Moore has been featured by USA Today, People magazine, Meet the Press, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The View, MSNBC, and NPR, among many others. He is also the host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network and Executive Producer and host of Coming Back with Wes Moore on PBS.


Past Final Program

View the 2015 ABRCMS Final Program here.

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