U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Network of Minority Health Research Investigators South Regional Workshop

11/15/2015 8:00 AM
11/16/2015 5:00 PM
New Orleans
Tulane University School of Public Health

Event Details


More than 300 researchers have participated in NMRI workshops in the past decade, and approximately 100 are active members.  The success of the NMRI, a network that is “owned” by its members and supported by the NIDDK, begins with the dedication of senior investigators who mentor and serve as role models for junior investigators.  The participation of active members and the recruitment of new members is a primary reason for the Network’s success in the past and the reason for confidence that it will continue to grow in the future. 
To see if you qualify for NMRI membership, please complete and submit this Criteria Form​.

Travel Awards

Limited Travel Awards of up to $500 for eligible members to attend the NMRI South Regional Conference is available. Awards will be given with priority to those that (1) have never participated in a NMRI meeting, (2) are junior faculty up to the Assistant Professor level (3) are presenters of an abstract at the NMRI South Regional poster session and (4) are from the South Regional states identified by NMRI:  Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Registration Deadline

October 30, 2015​​


This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Tulane University, Center for Continuing Education has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).Tulane University, Center for Continuing Education is authorized by IACET to offer .7 CEUs for this program.


​Sunday, November 15, 2015

(Location: Hyatt French Quarter Hotel)
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Registration & Poster Set-Up
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Welcome Remarks and Introductions
Dr. Myra Kleinpeter, Associate Professor, Tulane University School of Medicine
4:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Networking
(Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served)
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Dinner Speaker
Caring for Communities of Color with HIV Infection
Dr. Theo Hodge, Assistant Clinical Professor, George Washington University
Dinner at Palace Cafe
  Separate complimentaryregistration (PDF, 208 KB) is required to attend the Sunday evening dinner event.

​Monday, November 16, 2015

(Location: Tulane University School of Public Health, Diboll Auditorium. Shuttle service from hotel departs at 7:15 a.m.)
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration & Poster Setup 
Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. NMRI Overview and Accomplishments
Dr. Myra Kleinpeter, Associate Professor, Tulane University School of Medicine
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. NIH/NIDDK Overview
Dr. Frank Hamilton, Program Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Launching and Sustaining a Successful Academic Career
Dr. Lee Hamm, Dean, Tulane University School of Medicine
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker
Dr. P. Darwin Bell, Professor, Medical University of South Carolina
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Parallel Sessions        
Session I- How to start a Research Team/Lab and Collaboration
Dr. Minolfa Prieto,  Associate Professor, Tulane University School of Medicine

Session II- Grants Management from the NIH and Institutional Viewpoints
Dr. Leonard Egede, Professor, Medical University of South Carolina
Dr. Frank Hamilton, Program Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH
11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pick-up box lunch
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Session & Round Table Discussions

Table 1 - Population Level Research with Large Datasets

Dr. Brandi Franklin, Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Table 2 - Transition from Post-Doc to Faculty

Dr. Joseph Larkin, Assistant Professor, University of Florida

Table 3 - Grants Veterans Affairs Perspective

Dr. Leonard Egede, Professor, Medical University of South Carolina

Table 4 - Nursing Research Opportunity

Dr. Alethea Hill, Associate Professor, University of South Alabama

Table 5 - Private Foundation Funding and Other Sources

Dr. Myra Kleinpeter, Associate Professor, Tulane University School of Medicine

Table 6 - Promotion and Tenure

Dr. Fern Webb, Associate Professor, University of Florida
Dr. Darren Moore, Assistant Professor, Mercer University School of Medicine
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Poster Session II / Networking
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Scientific Presentations                                                                             
Oxyradical Stress in Macrophages Increases Biosyntheis of the Endocannabinoid 2-Arachidonoylglycerol
Ms. Anberitha Matthews, Graduate Research Assistant, Mississippi State University

Protein Therapy for the Treatment of Vascular Calcification in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Dr. Chartrisa Simpson, Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University

NADPH Oxidases Mediate Zinc Deficiency-Induced Oxidative Stress in Kidneys
Dr. Clintoria Williams, Instructor Physiology, Emory University

​African American Obese Women's Perspective Regarding Barriers to the Utilization of Baritric Surgery: A Phenomenological Study
Dr. Darren Moore, Assistant Professor, Mercer University School of Medicine
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. How to Succeed in Academic Research: Perspective from a Junior Investigator
Dr. Rachel Patzer, Assistant Professor, Emory University
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Science Itself - Development and Implementation of Research Project(s)
Dr. Akinlolu Ojo, Professor, University of Michigan
4:00 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Closing Remarks / Adjourn 
Dr. Myra Kleinpeter, Associate Professor, Tulane University School of Medicine
4:10 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Shuttle Service back to hotel
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Dinner Speaker
Meeting the Challenge of Chronic HCV Infection in Advanced Liver Disease
Dr. Natalie Bzowej, Director Transplant Research, Ochsner Medical Center

Dinner at Morton's Steakhouse on Canal Street
Separate complimentaryregistration (PDF, 205 KB) is required to attend the Monday evening dinner event.

CME Credit for both dinners is provided by Simply Speaking.


Hotel Accommodations

Hyatt Regency Hotel-French Quarter
800 Iberville Street
New Orleans, LA  70112

A limited number of sleeping rooms for conference participants has been reserved at the Hyatt French Quarter. The rate is $179 per night plus tax (14.75% plus $1.00 occupancy tax per room per night). To reserve a hotel room, call the in-house reservation number 1-888-421-1442 or go to https://resweb.passkey.com/go/2015NIDDKNMRI. Please be certain that the hotel provides you with a confirmation number for your reservation. Deadline to book a room has been extended until October 23, 2015, the official room block will be released, and the hotel may charge significantly higher rates and/or may be sold out. When making a reservation, please provide your room and bedding (king, queen, etc.) preferences. The hotel will assign specific room types at check-in, based on availability. Please be advised that requests are not guaranteed. 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 12:00 p.m. 72 hours Central Time prior to your arrival in order to avoid a cancellation fee.


Minutes are currently unavailable.



Call for Abstracts

Submission Deadline

Extended October 30th, 2015

Abstract Instructions

Abstracts must be sent by email to Winnie Martinez as a Microsoft Word document by the deadline date listed above. Please put “NMRI SR Abstract - (Translational, Basic or Clinical)” in the subject line.
  1. The abstract should be typed single-spaced to fit on one page 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 author’s first and last names, degree, affiliation (if applicable), city, state, and country.  Underline the primary author’s name (one primary author per abstract).  Leave one blank line between the title and the body of the abstract, and between paragraphs.  Do not indent paragraphs.  The abstract file should be saved as:  primary author’s last name_first word in the title (e.g., Zucker_Effects).
  2. Please ensure that your abstract is no 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. All abstract authors (not just the presenting authors) must complete a disclosure. These disclosures must be approved by the CCE office before the abstracts can be printed anywhere. The authors would put on the form that Anita Jobson-Wolfe sent the  form, the meeting is the “NMRI South Regional Workshop” and the department is “NMRI.
  7. Your abstract must conform to the above guidelines, as incorrect formatting could result in disqualification.

Body of the Abstract

Organize the body of the abstract as follows:

  • 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 poster boards. Pushpins and Velcro will be provided. All presenters must register for the workshop.


This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


  • Diboll Auditorium
  • 1440 Canal Street 1st Floor
  • LA 70112



​Winnie Martinez