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21st Century Cures: Southeast Conference

Photos from the 21st Century Cures: Southeast Conference in March 2017.

Photos from the 21st Century Cures: Southeast Conference in March 2017.

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21st Century Cures: Southeast Conference
March 22, 2018, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT), will host its second 21st Century Cures: Southeast Conference in March 2018 which will focus on using big data to overcome health disparities.

Guests will hear insights from prestigious scientists, learn about research priorities and funding opportunities from leaders at the National Institutes of Health, and meet potential collaborators from across the Southeast. In addition, the event will include an interactive poster session to allow faculty and students to share their ideas with other attendees.

Photos from the 2017 21st Century Cures: Southeast Conference

This year’s conference continues the momentum and enthusiasm from the inaugural event, held in 2017, which focused on the intersection of the Act’s national research priorities with regional strengths in computational approaches, data analytics, basic biology, and materials science. Researchers from fifteen institutions across the Southeast gathered to learn about regional health challenges and form partnerships to address them.

Available Tracks for 2018

  • Cancer Care and Outcomes
    This track will focus scientific inquiry related to questions such as: How can big data be used to improve cancer care and overcome cancer care disparities? How can big data be used to improve cancer outcomes and overcome cancer outcome disparities? How can big data be used to identify “hidden” cancer outcome disparities that may have a biological cause? How can big data be used to anticipate less than desirable cancer care and outcomes? How can big data be used to support clinician decision-making to improve cancer care and outcomes?
  • Social Determinants of Health (impact on cancer, precision medicine, BRAIN)
    This track will focus scientific inquiry related to questions such as: How can big data be used to better quantify and stratify social determinants of health and associated risks? How can big data be used to understand how social determinants effect care received and health outcomes? How can big data be used to discover new patterns or combinations of social determinants? How do the social determinants of health effect and interact with individual genomic variations? How can big data be used to determine when and the type of interventions that will be the most impactful?

The 21st Century Cures Act, passed in 2016, allocates $4.8 billion to address some of the most pressing human health challenges of our time. The National Institutes of Health will use this infusion of funding to accelerate research on cancer, the brain, and precision medicine.

View the program book from the 2017 21st Century Cures: Southeast Conference

Please contact Kimberly Eck (865-974-1112, keck@utk.edu), director of Research Development in the Office of Research and Engagement with any questions.

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