Join us to celebrate the research of MD-PhD students, CTSI trainees, scholars, pilot awardees, and faculty representing multiple departments and colleges across the University of Florida.
Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD is a Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine at the School of Medicine, University of California, Davis. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at UC Davis Health and the Director of the Community Engagement Program of the UCD Clinical Translational Science Center (CTSC).
The University of Florida Clinical and Translational Research Building serves as the headquarters for clinical and translational science at UF and in the state. students to practice safe, effective and compassionate clinical care.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
CTRB, Room #2161
Duane A. Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D. is the Phyllis Kottler Friedman Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery. He serves as UF Assistant Vice President for Research, Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Sciences at the UF College of Medicine, and Director of the UF Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Dr. Mitchell also serves as the Co-Director of the Preston A. Wells, Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy at UF Health.
CTRB, Room #2161
Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D.
Off-campus Zoom: Join Zoom
Private Lunch for Students
MD-PhD & TL1 to interact with Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Interactive Poster Session
The MD-PhD Training Program is at the interface of discovery and development where we are transcending individual disciplines for the “team science” paradigm. Here, enthusiastic and interactive researchers, creative minds, and cutting-edge technology work together to apply and advance science. The goal of the MD-PhD Training Program is to enable scholars to obtain the best training in their intended research areas while working closely with an outstanding faculty.
The CTSI TL1 Training Program provides predoctoral trainees with the skills required to develop a career in multidisciplinary clinical and translational research. TL1 Teams are comprised of two or more PhD students from different degree programs in different colleges. Teams collaborate to develop new team-specific aims that expand the scope of their individual dissertation projects based on a common research interest, e.g., a human disease being investigated at different levels (molecular to population), with different experimental approaches or data analysis methods, and/or at different parts of the T0-T4 continuum.
The KL2 Program is a multidisciplinary program for junior faculty, that provides two years of financial support and research training to develop the skills necessary to build a well-funded, collaborative career in clinical/ translational research.
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Open Poster Session and Reception
Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD is a Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine at the School of Medicine, University of California, Davis. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at UC Davis Health and the Director of the Community Engagement Program of the UCD Clinical Translational Science Center (CTSC). He was co-chair of the NIH/CTSA Community Engagement Key Function Committee, co-chair of the Collaboration/Engagement Domain Task Force Lead Team, co-chair and member of the Lead Team of the Collaboration & Engagement Enterprise Committee’s Health Disparities Workgroup. He is a past member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He is currently a member of the NIH/National Advisory Council of the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a member of the National Advisory Council of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) – Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), a member of the and board member of the California Health Care Foundation, Physicians for a Health California, and the Public Health Institute. In early 2022, he was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and Mental Well-Being and is the Chair of the Best Practices Subcommittee. He is a national and international expert on health and mental health comorbidities on diverse populations. Over the last 28 years, he has held several World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) advisory board and consulting appointments and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of WHO’s World Mental Health Survey Consortium (WMH) and its Coordinator for Latin America overseeing population-based national surveys of Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Argentina and a regional survey of Brazil, and two surveys of the city of Medellin, Colombia.
Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola’s applied research program has focused on identifying unmet health and mental health needs and associated risk and protective factors to better understand and meet population health and mental health needs and advance equity in health and mental health disparities in underserved populations. He is also very active in translating health, mental health, and substance abuse research knowledge into practical information that is of public health value to consumers and their families, health providers, service administrators, and policy makers.
Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola is the author of over 190 publications. He is the recipient of multiple international, national, state, and local awards. Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola was a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM/NRC) Committee on Depression, Parenting Practices, and the Health Development of Young Children (2007-2009) report and a member of the IOM/NRC Women’s Health Research: Progress, Pitfalls, and Promise (2010) report. Since March 2019, Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola has been serving as co-chair of the Steering Committee of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Assessing Meaningful Community Engagement in Health and Health Care. Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola was a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM/NRC) Committee on Depression, Parenting Practices, and the Health Development of Young Children (2007-2009) report and a member of the IOM/NRC Women’s Health Research: Progress, Pitfalls, and Promise (2010) report. Since March 2019, Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola has been serving as co-chair of the Steering Committee of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Assessing Meaningful Community Engagement in Health and Health Care.
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