Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the TAMEST Board of Directors and 2021 Program Committee have made the difficult decision to postpone our in-person 2021 Annual Conference, Forward Texas: Community Health and Well-Being, until January 11-13, 2022. In the meantime, TAMEST is not waiting to discuss the topic of community health and well-being in our state. We are currently hosting a series of conversations on COVID-19 through our Forward Texas Digital Series, which convenes our state’s extensive network of scientists and researchers to explore how we can move forward during this crisis.
Researchers in Texas have answered the world’s call and stepped up to partner with the greater research community to help combat the spread of the COVID-19. From reworking a vaccine meant to combat SARS nearly 20 years ago, to collaborating with other labs in Texas and around the world, to trying to secure new answers on how COVID-19 spreads and how communities should react, our state’s scientific leaders are working around the clock to find answers and mitigate harm.
TAMEST Conversation on COVID-19: Health Disparities
TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) hosted a conversation on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, with TAMEST Board President Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H. (NAM), UT Health San Antonio, a leading health disparities researcher, and additional population health experts to discuss the racial disparities in American health outcomes highlighted by COVID-19 and explore opportunities to advance health equity during this crisis.
TAMEST Member Profile of Ann Beal Salamone (NAE), Chairman of the Board, Rochal Industries
TAMEST Member Ann Beal Salamone (NAE) is the Chairman of the Board at Rochal Industries, a San Antonio biomedical research company that has developed and licensed a number of new biomaterials for wound and burn care. Although Mrs. Salamone got her start as a polymer chemist in the electronics industry, a 1980s recession in the Boston-area would change her career trajectory forever. TAMEST spoke with Mrs. Salamone to learn more about her life, work and how the 2021 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards Committee is continuing their work amidst COVID-19.
TAMEST Conversation on COVID-19: Mitigating the Outbreak in Texas
TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) hosted a conversation on mitigating the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in Texas on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. TAMEST members, Texas’ greater research community and more heard directly from coronavirus expert and TAMEST Member Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM), along with two leading epidemiologists to discuss what steps officials and individuals can take to mitigate the outbreak.
Texan Engineers and Scientists Team Together to Manufacture and Sterilize Personal Protective Equipment
As Texas sees record numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations and Governor Greg Abbott imposed a mask requirement across the state, TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) convened experts to discuss manufacturing and sterilizing personal protective equipment on Thursday, June 25. The engineering-focused session highlighted how COVID-19’s evolution—from initial outbreak to world-wide pandemic—created an urgent need for personal protective equipment and led to a reexamination of protocols regarding proper protection.
TAMEST Member Profile of Kim Orth, Ph.D. (NAS), UT Southwestern Medical Center
One of TAMEST’s newest members, Kim Orth, Ph.D. (NAS), UT Southwestern Medical Center, was recently inducted into the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for her discoveries advancing the understanding of the basic biochemical mechanisms underlying many bacterial infections. The road that Dr. Orth, recipient of the 2011 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Science, has taken to become a distinguished researcher in her field has been far from easy.
TAMEST Conversation on COVID-19: Treatment and Vaccine Development
TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) hosted a conversation on the development of treatments and vaccines for COVID-19 on Thursday, June 11, 2020. TAMEST members, Texas’ greater research community and more heard directly from scientists at the frontier of treatment and vaccine development to learn about their research on therapies and the overall path to and possible timetables for vaccine development.