The Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at UConn will host the 2017 CICATS Lawrence G. Raisz, M.D. Lectureship in Clinical and Translational Research. This year’s keynote speaker is Hannah Valantine, MD, MRCP, Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, NIH Office of the Director and Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Transplantation Genomics, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
NIH Addresses the Science of Diversity: Focusing on Institutional Change
The University of Connecticut School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Thursday, October 5, 2017 – UConn Health, Keller Auditorium
Keynote Lecture: 3 to 4:30 p.m. | FREE
Registration starts at 2:30 p.m.
Reception: 4:30 to 5:30 pm, Keller Lobby | FREE
About Dr. Hannah Valantine
Hannah Valantine is the first NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, and a Senior Investigator in the Intramural Research Program at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Prior to starting this position in April 2014, Dr. Valantine was Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and the Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Leadership at Stanford, a leadership position she held since November 2004. She is nationally recognized for her transformative approaches to diversity and is a recipient of the NIH Director’s Pathfinder Award for Diversity in the Scientific Workforce. She is currently leading NIH efforts to promote diversity through innovation across the NIH-funded biomedical workforce through a range of evidence-based approaches. Dr. Valantine maintains an active clinical research program that continues to have high impact on patient care. Current research extends her previous finding that an organ transplant is essentially a genome transplant, and that monitoring the level of donor DNA in a recipient’s blood as a marker of organ damage will detect early stages of rejection. She is currently overseeing a multi-site consortium of mid-Atlantic transplant centers to validate these findings clinically toward the development of a non-invasive tool for detecting early signs of organ rejection.
To read more about her NIH diversity activities, visit the links below.
- A blog that describes our approaches and cites evidence backing them up
- A NIH recruitment tool
- Information on implicit bias, stereotype threat, and microaggressions
- Information about the annual Future Research Leaders Conference, a proactive outreach strategy to connect diverse talent with institutional scientific leadership
About the CICATS Lawrence G. Raisz, M.D. Lectureship in Clinical and Translational Research
The Lawrence G. Raisz, M.D. Lectureship is designed to feature the important role of advancing translational research in areas such as health policy, health disparities, regenerative engineering, chronic diseases and much more. The Lectureship was inaugurated in 2011 to commemorate the memory and work of the late Dr. Lawrence G. Raisz.
Dr. Raisz was the Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Emeritus at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine who was dedicated to raising awareness of osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases among physicians and the public. Each year a distinguished researcher or physician, notable for producing significant research related to clinical and translational research, is invited to give a public lecture at UConn Health or the University of Connecticut.