POSTPONED: Research Day

This event has been postponed. The College of Medicine – Tucson Dean's Office will announce a new date at a later time.

April 29, 2020
7AM - 5PM
Health Sciences Innovation Building, Forum on the Main Level

The College of Medicine – Tucson will host a daylong event for basic scientists and clinicians to spur interdisciplinary collaboration.

The event will feature keynotes from experts, data blitzes, a shark tank competition, and flash networking.

Schedule of the Day

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
Early Bird Data Blitz Sessions

8:00 a.m.

8:30 a.m.
Opening Remarks

8:45 a.m.
TED-style Keynote

9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Data Blitzes Sessions I

10:45 a.m.
TED-style Keynote

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Working Lunch Session
Indigenous data sovereignty: Law, policy, and ethics considerations for research with Native Americans
Ibrahim Garba, MA, JD, LLM

1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Data Blitzes Sessions II 

2:45 – 4:20 p.m.
Shark Tank Competition 

4:30 –  6:00 p.m.
Interdisciplinary Networking

Keynote Presenters

Gayatri Vedantam, PhD
Dr. Gayatri Vedantam is a Faculty member in the School of Animal & Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the University of Arizona (UA), and a US Dept. of Veterans Affairs Research Career Scientist. A molecular microbiologist by training, Dr. Vedantam has federally-funded research at UA and VA locations, and her laboratories focus on healthcare-associated infections. A long-term goal of these efforts is to develop safe and cost-effective non-antibiotic interventions to prevent and treat intestinal infections; one product (jointly protected via a collaborative VA and UA patent process) is currently completing pre-clinical studies. Dr. Vedantam is also deeply committed to teaching and outreach efforts, teaches both Undergraduate and Graduate-level courses, and is a UA STEM as well as Minority Student programs mentor. Dr. Vedantam holds Editorial Board appointments at multiple international science journals; these have fostered her current service interests which include faculty governance and ethics issues (and their resolution) emanating from 21st century realities such as the “publish-or-perish” academic model. She is past President of the American Society for Microbiology Southwestern Regional Chapter.

Ibrahim Garba, MA, JD, LLM
Ibrahim is a doctoral candidate in the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. He has graduate training in philosophy and international human rights law. He has also completed fellowships in bioethics, health policy, and regulatory science.

Ibrahim’s research interests in ethics have included the implications of precision (personalized) medicine for public health, the ethical conduct of health research in low-resource settings, and the use of Indigenous samples in biomedical research. His legal scholarship has explored the evolution of collective rights in international law. His current research assesses the capacity of international human rights law to provide an ethics framework for the participation of collectives (especially Indigenous peoples) in global health research.

Ibrahim has taught philosophy in the United States and high school literature in his home country, Nigeria.