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About the TAMEST 2022 Annual Conference: Forward Texas—Imperatives for Health

Our TAMEST 2022 Annual Conference, Forward Texas: Imperatives for Health, will explore how Texas can build the vibrant, healthy communities of tomorrow and address topics like health care, housing, infrastructure and infectious disease. Forward Texas will bring together our research community to identify what Texas communities need in order to be strong and successful. It will also be an important opportunity to examine the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in our state, look at the virus’s long-term impacts on our communities and to discuss the innovative solutions and interventions that happened as a result.

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

Forward Texas Digital Series

When COVID-19 hit, TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) knew it had an important role to play by doing what it does best — convening the research community to foster collaboration and share evidence-based scientific information. Throughout 2020, TAMEST focused on exploring and amplifying the science behind the novel coronavirus with its digital series, Forward Texas: TAMEST Conversations on COVID-19.

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. (NAM), Professor Emerita, The University of Texas 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, Dr.P.H., 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, Dr.P.H. (NAM), TAMEST President; UT Health San Antonio

Interested in sponsoring the TAMEST 2022 Annual Conference?

Contact Christine McCoy, Director of Development, at (512) 471-3979 or by email for more information.


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 250 TAMEST members have been inducted into the National Academies or relocated to Texas.


TAMEST The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas