Second Annual UA College of Medicine - Phoenix Research Symposium

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building 475 N. 5th St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 United States

reimagine Health: Is My Fate in My Genes?

Each of us inherit genetic material that forms who we are and that guides our way through life. Aspects of the genome are sensitive to the gestational environment, the social environment in which we are raised and the ecological parameters that can influence gene expression. Experiences throughout life can modify the genome and the genetic transcripts that constitute who we are. In one way, genetics are a determinant of health. However, social determinants of health can overshadow, highlight or coincide with genetics to increase vulnerability or resilience to disease.

In this symposium, interdisciplinary thought leaders present and defend the contribution of inherited genes to health and disease. Overarching themes will explore the opportunities, capabilities, future trends and challenges of genetic knowledge, counseling and interventions. Themed lectures will also be provided regarding the interaction of genetic medicine with environmental modifiers, including socioeconomic factors, geographic environment, aging, diet and others.

Extensive discussions will be carried out across all prioritized health research focuses of the college, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and neuroscience. Attendees will appreciate the unprecedented access to information and the potential for modifiable risk factors in advancing precision health in the modern age of post genetic era.

Featured Speakers and Panelists

  • Joia Crear-Perry, MD – President, National Birth Equity Collaborative.
  • Matt Huentelman, PhD – Professor, Neurogenomics Division, Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).
  • Michael Kruer, MD – Director, Cerebral Palsy & Pediatric Movement Disorders Program, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix Children's Hospital.
  • Dee Quinn, MS, CGC – Director, University of Arizona Genetic Counseling Graduate Program.
  • Robert Roberts, MD – Medical Director of Cardiovascular Genomics, Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.
  • Joann Sweasy, PhD – Interim Director, University of Arizona Cancer Center.

Who is Invited to This Event?

This event is free and open to the public*. We highly recommend researchers and health care professionals attend and early registration is encouraged. We also welcome students, educators and the general public to attend this valuable conference. Seating is limited. Please register in advance to guarantee your place.

*All attendees will be provided a complimentary lunch during the conference.


Thanks to our generous sponsors, the Arizona Biomedical Research Centre and the Flinn Foundation, there is no cost to attend the Symposium.


Please note that you must park in the Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC) Garage* (555 E. Fillmore, Phoenix, AZ 85004, located at the Southeast corner of 5th St. & Fillmore) for us to have the ability to provide a ticket that will let you exit for free. Please keep the ticket you receive at the entrance, you will receive your pass to exit when signing in at the symposium.

  • Directions to the PBC.
  • Parking map (PDF).
    • *Please note: There is a different garage across the street. The PBC Garage can be identified by its black metal siding and is on the east side of 5th Street.


A photographer will be on-site taking candid shots during the symposium. When you register, you are giving us permission to take and use these photos for future advertisements, brochures, etc.

WiFi and Electronic Devices

Complimentary WiFi will be available in the meeting room during the symposium. Electricity will be provided in the symposium room to keep your electronic device charged.

Nearby Hotel Accommodations

Questions? Please contact Casey Sapio, 602-827-3630. If you would like to submit an abstract, please do so by October 7, 2019.