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Apr 2020 07
Time: 9:30 AM
San Francisco


As the number of cases of Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) continues to grow, both within the United States and abroad, the number of speakers and attendees who are unable to attend the symposium has also grown. Accordingly, we have decided to postpone the symposium until a date at which full participation is possible. We will be back in touch as plans for rescheduling are made. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding during this rapidly evolving situation. 

April 7, 2020 | 9:30 am to 5:15 pm

Gladstone Institutes (adjacent to the UCSF Mission Bay campus)
1650 Owens Street
San Francisco, CA 94158

Live webcast available!

About This Event

With generous support from the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation, the NAM will host three regional scientific symposia exploring “The Next 50 Years in Health and Medicine,” leading up to our 50th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The Western U.S. regional symposium will focus on immunology & vaccines, digital innovation, and climate change.

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The symposium will feature a keynote presentation from Dr. Abraham Verghese, the Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor and Vice Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford University, and the following three panels:

Panel 1: The interface of immunology and vaccines

  • Session keynote speaker: Ira Mellman, Ph.D., Vice President, Cancer Immunology, Genentech
  • Panelist: Ann Arvin, M.D., Lucile Salter Packard Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University
  • Other speakers forthcoming

Panel 2: The promise of digital innovation to improve quality and access and reduce costs

  • Session keynote speaker: Peter Lee, Ph.D., Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Healthcare
  • Moderator: Eric Topol, M.D., Gary & Mary West Endowed Chair of Innovative Medicine and Executive VP, Scripps Research
  • Panelist: Joann Elmore, M.D., Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Director of the UCLA National Clinician Scholars Program
  • Panelist: Sanjeev Arora, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico and Director, Project ECHO®
  • Panelist: Julia Adler-Milstein, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Clinical Informatics and Improvement Research, UCSF

Panel 3: Climate change impacts on health

  • Session keynote speaker: V. ‘Ram’ Ramanathan, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
  • Moderator: Michele Barry, M.D., FACP, Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health and Senior Associate Dean of Global Health, Stanford University
  • Panelist: Kristie Ebi, M.S., M.P.H., Ph.D., Professor, Global Health and Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington
  • Panelist: Heidi Brown, Ph.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department, University of Arizona
  • Panelist: Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Ph.D., Wasserman Dean and Distinguished Professor of Education, UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Please note: Due to room constraints, seating is limited. However, a live webcast will be available and a recording of the symposium will be posted after the meeting concludes.

More information: Jessica Marx

Host Committee 

  • Sam Hawgood | University of California, San Francisco
  • Gary S. May | University of California, Davis
  • Lloyd B. Minor | Stanford University

Program Planning Committee

  • Kelsey C. Martin (Co-Chair) | University of California, Los Angeles
  • Paul G. Ramsey (Co-Chair) | University of Washington
  • Jack Dixon | University of California, San Diego
  • Sam Hawgood | University of California, San Francisco
  • Danny O. Jacobs | Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Lloyd B. Minor | Stanford University
  • Thomas L. Schwenk | University of Nevada, Reno

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