Symposium features research of minority scientists
Myron Lozano, a senior from Loma Linda Academy, explains his team’s findings to several symposium guests.
Capping off a year full of research experiences, the 2007 Health Disparities Research Symposium displayed the talent and expertise of more than 50 young scientists ranging from high school age to PhD and MD/PhD graduate fellows.
The symposium was held Wednesday, August 8, 2007, in Wong Kerlee International Conference Center.
Guests were invited to view the research posters of participants, as well as ask questions.
An official program during the afternoon included a keynote address by Maria Teresa Velez, PhD, associate dean and director of graduate diversity programs at the University of Arizona. Dr. Velez spoke on the topic, “Still Behind: The Effect of Education on Health Disparities.”
The Loma Linda University Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine, housed in Mortensen Hall, is funded by a major grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The purpose of the grant is to fund the development of a handful of centers throughout the United States with the intent of attracting and developing minority scientists, and addressing health disparities in minority populations.
“The NIH chose Loma Linda as the site for one of its centers because of Lom
Samuel Nwosu, a biology student at Oakwood College, in Huntsville, Alabama, discusses his team’s findings with a guest.
a Linda’s demonstrated commitment to diversity,” explains Marino De Leon, PhD, director of Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine. “Loma Linda’s philosophy made it an ideal location and environment.”
The Center has developed four programs to span the development of young scientists. The apprenticeship to bridge college (ABC) program invites promising young high school students onto the Loma Linda campus.
The undergraduate training program (UTP) brings college-aged scientists onto the campus for research experience.
The medical training program (MTP) focuses on encouraging medical students to give research a try and perhaps consider the MD/PhD combination, as opposed to a straight medical degree.
The initiative for maximizing student development (IMSD) program enrolls PhD and MD/PhD graduate fellows.
Celebrating their achievements at the seventh annual health disparities research symposium in August were 15 high school students in the ABC program; 17 college students in the UTP; seven students in the MTP; and 14 graduate fellows in the IMSD.
By Larry Kidder, MA
Cajon High School senior Chelsey Sellers describes her team’s findings to one of the symposium guests.
Maple Schompoopong, a freshman at the University of California, Merced, summarizes the results of her team’s research.
Brandi Bravo, a senior at Bloomington High School, discusses her poster with several symposium guests.
Maria Teresa Velez, PhD, associate dean and director of graduate diversity programs at the University of Arizona, presents the keynote address, titled “Still Behind: The Effect of Education on Health Disparities.”
B. Lyn Behrens, MBBS, president of Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center, welcomes guests on behalf of the institution. Leslie N. Pollard, DMin, MBA, LLUAHSC vice president for diversity, looks on. Dr. Pollard served as the emcee for the program.
H. Roger Hadley, MD, dean of the LLU School of Medicine, adds his welcome to the guests at the seventh annual 2007 Health Disparities Research Symposium. Looking on is Dr. Pollard.