May 18, 2007
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Health disparities conference will focus on solutions

Women’s health, cardiovascular disease, cancer and access to healthcare by racial and ethnic minorities will be among the topics discussed at the Second Annual Texas Conference on Health Disparities to be held on campus May 31-June 2. The keynote speaker during the opening session on Thursday, May 31, will be the first African-American woman to be appointed dean of a U.S. medical school, Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee. Dr. Ross-Lee, a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, is vice president of health sciences and medical affairs at the New York Institute of Technology and dean of the institute’s New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.

On Friday, June 1, the 2007-2008 Steps Toward Academic Research (STAR) fellows will be announced at the conference. The STAR Fellowship Program, funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, was launched at last year’s event by the Health Science Center’s Texas Center for Health Disparities to offer emerging biomedical scientists at minority-serving institutions from across the United States a year of collaborative training and development in health disparities research.

Chair of the annual event is Dr. Jamboor K. Vishwanatha, director of the Texas Center for Health Disparities. The conference committee includes Dr. Robert Kaman, director of the graduate school’s Office of Outreach; Dr. Bruce Dubin, associate dean of academic affairs; Dr. Michael Smith, chair of Integrative Physiology; and Dr. Kathryn Cardarelli, assistant professor of epidemiology.

The conference is free for Health Science Center students, $49 for Health Science Center faculty members and $99 for all others. Continuing education credit for physicians, social workers and other health professionals is available. For more information, contact the Office of Professional and Continuing Education. UNT HSC Logo


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