Conference Agenda

19th Annual Texas Conference on Health Disparities

"Big Data to Enhancing Health Equity"

June 6 & 7, 2024 

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth


Thursday, June 6, 2024


7:30 am

Continental Breakfast & Registration Check-in

MET Lobby &
MET 109-111

8:30 – 8:35 a.m.Conference Welcome

Riyaz Basha, PhD,
Director of Research,
Institute for Health Disparities,
Professor, Pediatrics and Woman's Health, 
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine,
MET 124/125
8:35 – 8:45 a.m.Texas Center for Health Disparities and Institute for Health Disparities Welcome

Jamboor Vishwanatha, PhD,
Founding Director, Texas Center for Health Disparities,
Executive Director and Vice President, Institute for Health Disparities,
Regents Professor, School of Biomedical Science, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Genetics, UNTHSC
MET 124/125
8:45 – 8:55 a.m.Division of Research and Innovation Welcome

Brian Gladue, PhD,
Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation, UNTHSC
MET 124/125
8:55 – 9:10 a.m.Institutional Welcome

Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP,
President, UNTHSC
MET 124/125 Auditorium
9:10 – 9:15 a.m.Introduction to Keynote Speaker

Harlan P. Jones, PhD,
Director of Diversity Training, Institute for Health Disparities,
Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Science, Department for Microbiology, Immunology, and Genetics, UNTHSC

MET 124/125
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.Keynote Speaker

Anil Shanker, PhD
Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation, Meharry Medical College
MET 124/125
10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Session 1: Ethical AI and Data Bias in AI/ML

10:30 – 10:35 a.m.Session Introduction

Sterling B. Ortega, PhD,
Assistant Professor, School of Biomedical Science, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Genetics, UNTHSC
MET 124/125 Auditorium
10:35 – 11:20 a.m.Big Data and Civil Society: Duty, Trust, and Equity in Challenging Times

Kenneth W. Goodman, PhD, FACMI, FAXE,
Professor of Medicine and Philosophy,
Director of Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy,
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Institute for Bioethics
MET 124/125
11:25 – 12:10 p.m.A Racially Unbiased Algorithm for Breast Cancer Detection

Lakshman S. Tamil, PhD, FNAI, FOPTICA, FEMA
Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors,
MedCognetics Inc.
MET 124/125

12:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch & Roundtable Discussions


Session 2: Community Engagement in AI/ML

1:50 – 1:55 p.m.Session Introduction

Malinee Neelamegam, PhD,
Assistant Professor, School of Public Health,
Department of Population and Community Health, UNTHSC
MET 124/125
1:55 – 2:25 p.m.Empowering Communities: Ensuring Fairness and Interpretability in AI research

Usha Sambamoorthi, PhD
Professor & Associate Dean,

UNT Systems College of Pharmacy, UNTHSC
MET 124/125
2:25 – 2:40 p.m.Revising Indigenous Genomic Data Futures for Health Equity

Krystal Tsosie, PhD, MPA, MA
Assistant Professor, School of Life Science,
Arizona State University
MET 124/125
2:40 – 3:50 p.m.Break

3:50– 4:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Usha Sambamoorthi, PhD - UNTHSC
Jessica Trudeau - The Center for Transforming Lives
Melissa Acosta - JPS
Ottis Goodwin - FWISD

MET 124/125

4:30 – 5:50 p.m.Poster Presentation Session
Poster viewing is available throughout the day.
EAD 255
5:50 pmWrap-up and AdjournEAD 255


Friday, June 7, 2024

Session 3: AI/ML to Advance Health Equity

7:30 am

Continental Breakfast

MET 109-111

8:30 – 8:35 a.m.Session Introduction

Mark W. Cunningham, PhD,
Assistant Professor, School of Biomedical Science,
Department of Physiology and Anatomy, UNTHSC
MET 124/125
8:35 – 9:20 a.m.Through the Lens of Innovations: AI-Enhanced Healthcare Solutions for Enhanced Outcomes and Health Equity

Nawar Shara, PhD,
Director of the Center of Biostatistics, Information, and Data Science,
Associate Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University, MedStar Health Institute
MET 124/125
9:25 – 10:10 a.m.Large, Multi-Modal Dataset Development for Validation of Equitable AI Models

Hari M. Trivedi, MD,
Assistant Professor Radiology and Biomedical Informatics,
Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences
MET 124/125

10:10 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 – 11:15 a.m.Panel Discussion

Nawar Shara, PhD - Georgetown University, Medstar Health Institute
Hari M. Trivedi, MD - Emory University, School of Medicine

Wyatt P. Bensken, PhD - OCHIN
MET 124/125
11:15– 12:00 p.m.Abstract Awards Announcement, Wrap-up and Adjourn
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