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Health Disparities Research Symposium IX

By Office of Diversity & Outreach

Friday, October 2, 2015 8am to 1pm

3333 California Street San Francisco, Ca 94118

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, Professor and Director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research and Chair Ad Interim of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez is an internationally recognized expert in health disparities research and health promotion at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Over the past 30 years, she has conducted communications research and behavioral interventions that have made tremendous strides to reduce cancer and chronic disease, increase screening rates and clinical trial accrual, and improve healthy lifestyles among U.S. Latinos. Dr. Ramirez directs two national research networks, one National Cancer Institute program targeting Latino cancer (Redes En Acción, and one Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program targeting Latino child obesity (Salud America!, Dr. Ramirez also mentors Latino undergrad, pre- and post-doctoral students, contributes to the scientific literature and serves on journal editorial boards. She has been recognized for her work to improve Latino health and advance Latinos in medicine, public health, and behavioral sciences, including: 2014 Making a Difference Award from Latinas Contra Cancer; 2011 White House “Champion of Change”; 2009 Health Care Hero from the San Antonio Business Journal; 2007 election to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies; 2007 Professor of Survivorship from Susan G. Komen For the Cure; and others. Dr. Ramirez also leads the SaludToday Latino health social media campaign.


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This symposium is an opportunity to highlight faculty and trainee research on health disparities. UC San Francisco has a multitude of researchers with national and international reputations in disparities research and this symposium will provide a forum to showcase the breadth and depth of this work.

We welcome research from the diversity of disciplines at UC San Francisco, both quantitative and qualitative work and research studies based outside the United States if these studies address disparities by race and ethnicity or social class.

The goal is to build community among disparities researchers from many disciplines and across units, schools, and campus sites. We would like to gather together all the amazing and outstanding disparities research in order to showcase this fine work and inspire future direction.

Abstracts can be submitted for work that has been presented elsewhere or submitted to a journal for publication, but not for work that has already been published in a peer‐reviewed journal. We encourage first authors and presenters at all levels from students to full professors. We are inviting participation from other Bay Area health care and research institutions so there is no restriction to being at UC San Francisco. The first author will be the presenter of the selected oral abstracts. Each person can be first author on only one submission

There will be a committee to review abstracts and those with the highest scores will be selected to present during the half‐day oral sessions. We anticipate accepting up to 8-10 abstracts for oral presentation, with 10 minutes for each oral presentation, and another 5 minutes for comments and questions. Since we know that the quantity of excellent research by UC San Francisco faculty is enormous, in our effort to build community, we plan to accept as many abstracts for posters as our space allows. We also will hold interactive poster sessions.

Please register through this link: 2015 HDRS Registration

For additional information, please contact the scientific organizers:

Victor Fujimoto (; Celia Kaplan (; Anna Napoles (

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