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About the TAMEST 2021 Annual Conference: Forward Texas—Community Health and Well-Being

The TAMEST 2021 Annual Conference—Forward Texas: Community Health and Well-Being— will explore how Texas can build the vibrant, healthy communities of tomorrow. The program will address topics like health care, education, infrastructure and infectious diseases.

Forward Texas will bring together the best and brightest minds in the state to identify what Texas communities need in order to be strong and successful. From addressing the increasing rate of Texas’ uninsured, ensuring that our state has adequate housing for a growing population, to responding to and mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on our society, we hope to create timely solutions for a prosperous future.

Join us January 12–14, 2021, at The Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, as we convene Texas’ science and research community to plan a future filled with strength and prosperity for our state at the TAMEST 2021 Annual Conference.

Program Objectives:

  • Identify the vital needs of Texas communities to become better prepared and prosperous.
  • Assess areas in which the state can improve on planning for the future.
  • Provide scientific perspective on the best paths to address Texas’ challenges and how to successfully build strong communities of tomorrow.

The TAMEST Annual Conference is open to all in the research community.

Agenda, speakers, and hotel and travel information coming soon. Registration coming this fall.

Program Chair and Committee

Nancy Dickey

Nancy W. Dickey, M.D. (NAM)

Program Chair

Texas A&M Health Science Center

Program Committee Members

  • Ellen R. Gritz, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Behavioral Science, MD Anderson Cancer Center 
  • Adam L. Hamilton, P.E., President and CEO, Southwest Research Institute
  • Carlos Roberto Jaén, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.F.P. (NAM), Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, UT Health San Antonio
  • A. Ray Pentecost, DrPH, Ronald L. Skaggs and Joseph G. Sprague Chair of Health Facilities Design; Director, Center for Health Systems & Design, Texas A&M University
  • C. Michael Walton, Ph.D. (NAE), Ernest H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Honorary Chair: Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH (NAM), TAMEST President; UT Health San Antonio


TAMEST was co-founded in 2004 by the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison and Nobel Laureates Michael S. Brown, M.D. and Richard E. Smalley, Ph.D. With more than 300 members and 18 member institutions, TAMEST is composed of the Texas-based members of the three National Academies (National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Sciences), the Royal Society and the state’s 11 Nobel Laureates. We bring together the state’s brightest minds in medicine, engineering, science and technology to foster collaboration, and to advance research, innovation and business in Texas.

TAMEST’s unique interdisciplinary model has become an effective recruitment tool for top research and development centers across Texas. Since our founding, more than 224 TAMEST members have been inducted into the National Academies or relocated to Texas.