U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

NMRI Midwest Regional Workshop

11/3/2011 7:00 AM
11/4/2011 7:00 AM
NIDDK Workshop Contact:
Winnie Martinez
Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC)
Telephone: (301) 435-2988
Workshop Logistics Coordinator:
John Hare, CMP
The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc. (SCG)
Telephone: (301) 670-4990

Event Details


The Office of Minority Health Research Coordination of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) has established a communication network of current and potential biomedical research investigators and technical personnel from traditionally under-served communities: African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islanders. The major objective of the network is to encourage and facilitate participation of members of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups in the conduct of biomedical research in the fields of diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, digestive diseases, nutrition, kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases. A second objective is to encourage and enhance the potential of the underrepresented minority investigators in choosing a biomedical research career in these fields. An important component of this network is promotion of two-way communications between network members and the NIDDK.
Through the Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI), NIDDK will elicit recommendations for strategies to enhance the opportunities and implement mechanisms for support of minority investigators in biomedical research. The NMRI will advance scientific knowledge and contribute to the reduction and eventual elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Welcome Remarks and Membership Introductions
Dr. Shirley Blanchard, Associate Professor, Creighton University
Dr. Lawrence Agodoa, Director, Office of Minority Health Research Coordination, NIDDK
9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. NMRI Mentorship Program
Dr. Virginia Sarapura, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Research Opportunities at NIH - Facing the Challenges of a Changing Research System
Dr. Frank Hamilton, Associate Director, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, NIDDK
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Break (Poster Setup)
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: How Mentoring Can Take You to New Heights
Dr. Phyllis A. Nsiah-Kumi, Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Session (Poster Setup)

Mentor/Mentee Session: Looking for a Mentee (roundtable discussion)
Table Topics:
Dr. Trudy Gaillard, Assistant Professor, Ohio State University

Grants Management
Dr. Luis Cubano, Associate Professor, Universidad Central del Caribe
Dr. Orhan Oz, Associate Professor, University of Texas Southwestern, Medical Center                                       
Dr. Shirley Blanchard, Associate Professor, Creighton University
Dr. Carlos Isales, Professor, Medical College of Georgia
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Scientific Presentations by Junior Investigators

Histomorphometric Analysis of Bone in Healthy, Young Patients With Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
Dr. Laura A.G. Armas, Assistant Professor, Osteoporosis Research Center, Creighton University                                    
Lysophosphatidic Acid Receptors, Periodontal Disease, and Type 2 Diabetes
Dr. D. Roselyn Cerutis, Associate Professor of Oral Biology and Pharmacology, Department of Oral Biology, Creighton University
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Scientific Presentations by Senior Investigators
Immunobiology: A Common Underlying Basis of Human Diseases
Dr. Devendra K. Agrawal, Dean of Translational Research, Creighton University
Vitamin D: The Iceberg Nutrient
Dr. Robert Heaney, Professor, Creighton University
Pre-clinical Imaging: A Tool for Understanding Pathophysiology and Screening Diagnostics and Therapeutics
Dr. Orhan Oz, Associate Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Break (Poster Setup)
3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Marco Cabrera Poster and Networking Session-Overview
Dr. Shirley Blanchard, Associate Professor, Creighton University
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. ​​
Dinner Address

Achieving Success as a Leader: My Perspective
Dr. Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, Associate Vice President for Health Sciences, Multicultural and Community Affairs, Creighton University

Friday, November 4, 2011

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. One-on-One Session With Mentor (Participants have an opportunity to meet with senior members to receive feedback on draft grant proposals)
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks
Dr. Shirley Blanchard, Associate Professor, Creighton University
Dr. Lawrence Agodoa, Director, Office of Minority Health Research Coordination, NIDDK
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Parallel Breakout Sessions - Session I
Tenure and Promotion: Transition from Postdoctoral Associates to Assistant Professor ("and you thought the science was challenging")
Dr. Victor Padron, Associate Professor, Creighton University

Community-based Research
  • Community Engagement, Research, and Research Scientists
    Dr. Beth Furlong, Associate Professor, Creighton University
  • Black Family Health and Wellness: How to Organize an Annual Community-based Wellness Program
    Dr. Wayne Houston, North Omaha Community Liaison, Center for Reducing Health Disparities, University of Nebraska Medical Center
    Dr. Ira Combs, Community Liaison Nurse Coordinator, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Education/Faculty Development and Student Assessment
Dr. Eddie Greene, Associate Professor, Mayo Medical School

Managing a Research Lab/How to Write Your First Grant
Dr. Carlos Isales, Professor, Medical College of Georgia
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break (Switch Session)
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Parallel Breakout - Session II
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Poster Session and Oral Presentation Awards
Dr. Shirley Blanchard, Associate Professor, Creighton University
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
Dr. Shirley Blanchard, Associate Professor, Creighton University
Dr. Lawrence Agodoa, Director, Office of Minority Health Research Coordination, NIDDK
12:30 p.m. NMRI Workshop Ajourned
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ​​Research Training Opportunities for High School and Undergraduate Students
Dr. Shirley Blanchard, Associate Professor, Creighton University
Dr. Luis Cubano, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Universidad Central del Caribe



Creighton University Harper Center
602 N. 20th Street
Omaha, NE  68178
Telephone:  (402) 280-2700


To make your airline reservations and have your ticket reimbursed by The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc. (SCG), you will need to call   Travel-On Travel Agency at (888) 495-7770   between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time and secure the ticket with a major credit card. Please inform them that you are booking travel to be reimbursed by SCG for the NMRI Regional Workshop in Omaha, NE, and give them your desired travel dates. Please note that per federal travel regulations, you can purchase only a coach-class, nonrefundable ticket, with an advance purchase of at least 14 days, at the maximum rate of $700 for domestic travel.


A   limited number   of sleeping rooms for conference participants have been reserved at the Courtyard Omaha Downtown/Old Market Area.   The rate is the prevailing government rate of $93 per night for single and double occupancy, plus tax (18.16%). To reserve a hotel room, call reservations at (800) 321-2211 or (402) 346-2200 and be sure to identify yourself as a member of the NIDDK   NMRI Midwest Regional Workshop   to receive the group rate, or book online at   http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/omacy-courtyard-omaha-downtown-old-market-area/?toDate=11/4/11&groupCode=scgscga&fromDate=11/2/11&app=resvlink   . THE ROOM BLOCK WILL BE IN EFFECT AT THE GOVERNMENT RATE ONLY UNTIL   WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011 , OR UNTIL FULL, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST. ANY ROOM RESERVATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THAT DATE WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A SPACE- AND RATE-AVAILABILITY BASIS. Reservations should be made for arrival on November 2 and departure on November 4, and must be secured with a major credit card. If you require alternate dates, please send an email to John Hare at   jhare@scgcorp.com . Any alternate date request will need to be approved through the NIDDK.
Please be certain that the hotel provides you with a confirmation number for your reservation. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m., and check-out time is 12:00 p.m. If you need to cancel your reservation, please do so by 3:00 p.m. the day prior to your scheduled arrival date to avoid a 1 night's room and tax penalty on your credit card. Hotel information is as follows:
Courtyard Omaha Downtown/Old Market Area
101 S. 10th Street
Omaha, NE  68102
Telephone:  (402) 346-2200 or (866) 204-9388
Fax:  (402) 346-7720   


Driving directions to the hotel can be obtained from any starting point at http://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/omacy-courtyard-omaha-downtown-old-market-area/
From Omaha Eppley Airfield (OMA)
Telephone:  (402) 422-6817
Hotel direction: 3 miles S.W.  
Driving Directions :  Turn left out of the airport onto Abbott Drive. Proceed south on Abbott Drive to 10th Street and turn left. The hotel will be on the left at Dodge Street.


The Courtyard operates a complimentary airport shuttle that runs from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily. Please contact the hotel directly for pick up.


The estimated taxi fare is approximately $15 (one way) from Omaha Eppley Airfield (OMA).
The hotel has a self-parking fee of $6 hourly or $8 daily.


2011_NMRI_Midwest_Regional_Summary_Report_Final.pdfRegional Workshop Summary (PDF, 196 KB)


2011_Midwest_Regional_Post_Participants_List_FINAL.pdfParticipant List (PDF, 36 KB)



Submission Deadline:  Friday, September 30, 2011
Abstracts must be sent by email to John Hare at   jhare@scgcorp.com   as a Microsoft Word document by the deadline date listed above.  Please put "NMRI Abstract" in the subject line.
  1. The abstract should be typed single-spaced to fit standard abstract measurements using type no smaller than 10 point (12 cpi).  The abstract's title should be typed in CAPITAL LETTERS and should clearly represent the nature of the investigation. The title should be followed in lowercase letters by the authors' first and last names, degree, and affiliation (if applicable), city, state, and country. Underline the primary author's name (one primary author per abstract).  Do not leave spaces between the title and the body of the abstract, or between paragraphs. Indent paragraphs three spaces. The abstract file should be saved as: primary authors' last name_first word in the title (e.g., Zucker_Effects).
  2. Please ensure that your abstract is not more than one page in length. Set the margins to the following using Microsoft Word:  Top 1"; Bottom 1"; Left 1.25"; Right 1".
  3. Use of standard abbreviations is desirable (e.g., RBC).  Use kg, gm, mg, mL, L, and %. Place a special or unusual abbreviation in parentheses after the full word the first time that it appears.  Use numerals to indicate numbers except to begin sentences. Do not use subtitles (e.g., Methods, Results).
  4. Simple tables or graphs may be included; however, they must fit within the designated abstract space.
  5. Please use a common font such as Helvetica, Times New Roman, or Arial.
  6. Your abstract must conform to the above guidelines, as incorrect formatting could result in disqualification.
Body of the Abstract
  • Statement of the purpose of the study/program/project;
  • Statement of the methods used;
  • Summary of the results presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusion;
  • Statement of the conclusions reached.
Poster Presentations
Poster Presentations will be displayed on 4-foot-high by 6-foot-wide posterboards. Push pins and velcro will be provided.   All presenters must register for the workshop.


  • Creighton University Harper Center
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LineNIDDK Workshop Contact:
Winnie Martinez
Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC)
Telephone: (301) 435-2988
Workshop Logistics Coordinator:
John Hare, CMP
The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc. (SCG)
Telephone: (301) 670-4990