Day 2

Day 2

Saturday, November 13

7:30 - 9:00AM

Registration Desk

7:00 - 8:30AM

Set-up Poster Session

7:30 - 9:30AM

Breakfast and Presentations

8:00 - 8:15AM

Welcome Remarks

Jose Rodriguez-Medina, Ph.D.

Program Director, Puerto Rico-INBRE

University of Puerto Rico

Medical Sciences campus, PR

8:30 - 9:30AM

Working Breakfast with NIH Presentations

General Audience Breakfast (Room-1)

  • IDeA Post Award Management

Christy Leake and Samantha Farrell

Grants Management Office

National Institute of General Medical Sciences

  • EPSCOR/IDeA Foundation

Jessica Molesworth

Executive Director

Student Breakfast (Room-2)

  • National Research Mentoring Network Update

Jamboor K. Vishwanatha, Ph.D.

National Director

National Research Mentoring Network

9:30 - 11:00AM

Concurrent Sessions A

Session A.1

Community Engagement and Health Disparities


Jennifer L. Lemacks, Ph.D.

Director, Mississippi-INBRE Telenutrition Center

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg Campus, MS


Mohammed Elasri, Ph.D.

Program Director, MIssissippi-INBRE

Hattiesburg Campus, MS

  • June Gipson, Ph.D.

My Brother's Keeper

Ridgeland, MS

  • Jennifer Lemacks, Ph.D.

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg Campus, MS

  • Loyda Mendez, Ph.D.

University Ana G. Mendez

Carolina Campus, PR

  • Nilda Medina, Ph.D.

University Ana G. Mendez

Carolina Campus, PR

  • Katherine T. Mills, Ph.D.

School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Session A.2

MultiOmic approaches through the looking glass


Filipa Godoy, Ph.D.

Core Co-Director, Puerto Rico-INBRE Bioinformatics Resources

University of Puerto, Medical Science Campus, PR

  • Natalya Chorna, Ph.D.

University of Puerto Rico

Medical Sciences Campus, PR

  • Jose Martinez, Ph.D.

Department of Computational Sciences

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, PR

  • Alan J. Tackett, Ph.D.

Department of Biochemistry annd Molecular Biology

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences , Little Rock, AR

  • Student flash talk

Session A.3

Bioinformatics and Data Science


Stanley M. Hileman, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator, West Virginia-INBRE

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV


Konstantin “Gus” Kousoulas, Ph.D.

Program Director, Louisiana Biomedical Research Network

Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, LA

  • James Denvir, Ph.D.

DirectorWest Virginia Bioinformatics Core

Marshall University, Huntington, WV

  • Urska Svek, Ph.D.

Associate Director

Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, and Computational Biology Core

Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA

  • Student flash talk

  • Additional speaker pending

11:00 - 11:15AM

Networking / Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:45PM

Session B.1

Building Collaborative Research Across IDeA Program


Edie Goldsmith, Ph.D.

School of Medicine

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

  • Loyda Mendez, Ph.D.

Puerto Rico-INBRE

University Ana G. Mendez Carolina Campus, PR

  • Aimen A. Shatnawi, Ph.D.

West Virginia-INBRE

University of Charleston, Charleston, WV

  • Jianfeng Xu, Ph.D.


Arekansas State University, Jonesboro, AR

  • Adi Dubash, Ph.D.

South Carolina-INBRE

Furman University, Greenville, SC

Session B.2



Martha Bickford, Ph.D.

Program Director, Kentucky-INBRE

Univerity of Louisville, KY


Jose Lasalde, Ph.D.

Program Director, Puerto Rico COBRE

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, PR

Mark Miller, Ph.D.

Core Director, Puerto Rico COBRE

University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, PR

  • Nicolas G. Bazan, M.D., Ph.D.

School of Medicine

Louisiana State University Health, New Orleans, LA

  • Cristina Velázquez, Ph.D.

University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, PR "Understanding the comorbidity between Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)"

  • Andrew M. Seeds, Ph.D.

Institute of Neurobiology, University of Puerto Rico, PR

"Defining how the nervous system produces movement sequences"

  • Student flash talk

Session B.3

Clinical Research in IDeA States


Jessica Snowden, MD, MS, MHPTT

Division Chief, Pediatric Infectious Disease

Chair for Research

Horace C. Cabe Endowed Chair in Pediatric Infectious Disease

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR

  • A new kind of adaptive trial design:

Staying flexible in clinical research

Panel Discussion

  • Fostering collaboration acrioss IDeA sites

Panel Discussion

  • Three video flash talks (Junior Investigators)

12:45 - 2:30PM

Working Lunch, General Audience

  • Networking Lunch for CTR PIs and Investigators

Plenary Speaker

Jorge Almodovar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and

Ray C. Adam Chair in Chemical Engineering

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

2:30 - 5:30PM

Poster Sessions I and II

5:30 - 6:30PM

Networking Break

6:30 - 8:00PM

Cultural Activity and Reception


Dinner on your own