U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Network of Minority Health Research Investigators West Regional Meeting

11/16/2017 12:00 AM
11/17/2017 12:00 AM
Stanford University School of Medicine

Event Details


More than 300 researchers have participated in NMRI workshops in the past, and over 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 Enrollment Form.

Travel Awards

Limited Travel Awards of up to $500 for eligible members to attend the NMRI West Regional Meeting 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 for the West Regional Meeting Poster Session and (4) are from the West Regional states identified by NMRI: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Limited Travel Awards of up to $800 for eligible senior members, Associate Professor and Professor level, to attend the NMRI West Regional Workshop is available.

Shared Housing

To defray the cost of your travel expense, shared housing with a faculty member is available. Please email Winnie Martinez, Winnie.Martinez@nih.gov, if you are interested in shared housing.

To reserve a hotel room at the Stanford Guest House, click on the Travel Tab for hotel information.

Registration Deadline

October 23, 2017​​​​​​​


November 16, 2017


  SLAC Lobby

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Reception / Networking & Poster Session I
Heavy Hors d'oeuves will be served.

November 17, 2017


  SoM Classroom LK130

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Registration & Poster Session II / Networking
Continental Breakfast
8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks
Dr. Glenn Chertow, Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine
Dr. Eric Sibley, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. NMRI Overview and Accomplishments
Dr. Francisco Villarrell, Professor, University of California, San Diego
Chair Elect, NMRI Annual Meeting Planning Committee | Powerpoint Presentation (PDF, 996 KB)
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Minority Faculty Recruitment and Development
Dr. Yvonne (Bonnie) Maldonado, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity, Stanford University School of Medicine
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Expectations for Effective Mentor/Mentee Relationships
Dr. Patricia Heyn, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver, Anschultz Medical Campus
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Understanding the Academic Appointments and Promotions Process
Dr. Paul Garcia, Professor of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco | Powerpoint Presentation (PDF, 593 KB)
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Break


  Alway M112

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. The Next Generation: Priming the Medical Scientist Pipeline
Dr. Terrance Mayes, Associate Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion – Chief Diversity Officer Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences UC Irvine Health System
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch Session & Round Table Discussions - Pick up Pre-ordered box lunch
  • Table 1 - Collaborative Research: Strategies, Pitfalls, and Promotion
    Dr. Virginia Sarapura, Associate Professor, University of Colorado, Anschultz Medical Campus

  • Table 2 - Transition from Post-Doc to Faculty
    Dr. Claudio Villanueva, Assistant Professor, University of Utah School of Medicine

  • Table 3 - Nursing Research Opportunity
    Dr. Julene Johnson, Associate Dean of Research, University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing

  • Table 4 - Conducting Research at the Veterans Affairs
    Dr. James Kahn, Veterans Health Administration, Palo Alto Health Care System

  • Table 5 - Community Based and Health Disparity Research
    Dr. Happy Araneta, Professor of Epidemiology, University of California, San Diego

  • Table 6 - Developing Networking for Clinical Research
    Dr. Ravindra Mehta, Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of California, San Diego


  SoM Classroom LK120

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Funding Opportunities (Panel Session)
  • NIH Funding Opportunities and Review Process
    Dr. Frank Hamilton, Program Director, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH | Powerpoint Presentation (PDF, 3.22 MB)

  • Private Foundation Funding Opportunities
    Ms. Jeanne Heschele, Funding Opportunity Administrator, Stanford University | Powerpoint Presentation (PDF, 195 KB)

  • Veterans Affairs Funding Opportunities
    Dr. Todd Wagner, Director, VA Health Economics Resource Center, Palo Alto Health Care System & Associate Professor (Research), Stanford University
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Health Disparities Research
Dr. Happy Araneta, Professor of Epidemiology, University of California, San Diego
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. My Path to Research
Dr. Aida Habtezion, Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford University
Dr. Claudio Villanueva, Assistant Professor, University of Utah School of Medicine
Dr. Waldo Concepcion, Professor of Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Scientific Presentations
Moderator: Dr. Virginia Sarapura
  • Shared Medical Appointments: An Innovative Model to Reduce Health Disparities Among Latinos Living with Type-2 Diabetes Aldea: Latinos Con Diabetes En Acción
    Dr. Carolina Noya, Associate Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco

  • Internet-Based Positive Psychological Intervention for Hemodialysis Patients with Comorbid Symptoms of Depression: Design and Feasibility
    Dr. Rosalba Hernandez, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champian

  • Strengthening Family Ties: Expanding the Reach of Operation Fit Children Obesity Camp to Positively Impact Parental and Family Dynamics Through Lifestyle Telephone Coaching
    Dr. Camille Clarke, Assistant Professor, Loma Linda University

  • An Intervention Based on the Electronic Health Record System Improves Gestational Weight Gain Among Women with Gestational Diabetes: The Gestational Diabetes’ Effects on Mom (Gem) Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial
    Dr. Susan Brown, Research Scientist I, Kaiser Permanente Northern California
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks / Adjourn
Dr. Glenn Chertow, Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine
Dr. Eric Sibley, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine


Hotel Accommodations

Stanford Guest House
2575 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025-7015
Phone:  (650) 926-2800 or Fax (650) 926-5388

Website:  https://rde.stanford.edu/hospitality/stanford-guest-house
(More hotel information can be obtained from this website.)

Discount Room Rate

A limited number of sleeping rooms for conference participants has been reserved at the Stanford Guest House. The discounted rate is $155.00 per night for single occupancy, plus tax (13%). To reserve a hotel room at the group rate, please call reservation, (650) 926-2800 and provide the Group Code WRM17 or book online here. The room block will be in effect until Sunday, October 1, 2017, or until full, whichever comes first. Any room reservations received after that date will be accepted on a space-and rate-availability basis.

Hotel accommodations may be limited elsewhere due to a big Stanford sporting event that weekend. Please be sure to book your room early.

Reservation Dates

Book arrival on November 16, 2017. The discounted room rate is available through Sunday, November 19, 2017 should you wish to extend your stay.


Please be certain that the hotel provides you with a confirmation number for your reservation. After October 1, 2017, the official room block will be released, and the hotel may charge significantly higher rates and may be sold out. When making a reservation, please provide your room and bedding 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 checkout time is 12:00 p.m.


If you need to cancel your reservation, please do so 24 hours prior to arrival or you will be charged a no-show fee for 1 night plus tax on your credit card.​


Minutes are currently unavailable.



Submission Deadline

October 20, 2017

Submitting Abstracts

Abstracts can be emailed to Winnie Martinez as a Microsoft Word document by the deadline date listed above. Please put “NMRI Abstract - (Translational, Basic or Clinical)” in the subject line. Or you may upload your abstract on your registration page. Please indicate a category (Translational, Basic, or Clinical) on top right corner and follow the guidelines below.

Abstract Organization

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.

Formatting Requirements

Your abstract must conform to the above guidelines, as incorrect formatting could result in disqualification.

  • The abstract should be typed single-spaced, type no smaller than 10 point (12 cpi).
  • Use a common font (e.g., Helvetica, Times New Roman, or Arial)
  • Set the margins to the following using Microsoft Word: Top 1"; Bottom 1"; Left 1.25"; Right 1".
  • Abstract should be no more than one page in length.
  • The abstract’s title should be typed in CAPITAL LETTERS and should clearly represent the nature of the investigation.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Simple tables or graphs may be included; however, they must fit within the designated abstract space.
  • The abstract file should be saved as: primary author’s last name_first word in the title (e.g., Zucker_Effects).

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.​​


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