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Join Us in San Antonio for the 2022 Annual Conference

The conference will take place January 11–13, 2022, at The Westin Riverwalk.

Members and Affiliates: $150

Non-Members: $750

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, education, infrastructure and infectious disease. It will also be an important opportunity to examine the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, its long-term impacts on our communities and discuss the innovative solutions and interventions that happened as a result.

Speakers will include President and CEO of Texas 2036 Margaret Spellings, National Science Foundation Director Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, and The Honorable Henry Cisneros, Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

The conference kicks off the evening of Tuesday, January 11, 2022, with an opening reception, followed by a full day of programming Wednesday, January 12, with the Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards Ceremony and Dinner in the evening. The conference concludes with a half day of programming Thursday, January 13, 2022

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

Speakers and Panelists

James Allison

Nobel Laureate James P. Allison, Ph.D. (NAM, NAS)

Regental Professor and Chair

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Craig Boyan

Craig Boyan



Sandro Galea

Sandro Galea, M.D., Dr.P.H. (NAM)


Boston University School of Public Health

Peter Hotez

Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM)

Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine

Shara McClure

Shara McClure

DSVP Texas Health Care Delivery

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa, Ph.D. (NAE)

Chair, National Science Board

Director (retired), Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

Sethuraman Panchanathan

Sethuraman Panchanathan, Ph.D.


National Science Foundation

Margaret Spellings

Margaret Spellings

President and CEO

Texas 2036

Program Chair and Committee

Nancy Dickey

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

Program Chair

Texas A&M Health

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Program Committee Members

  • Honorary Chair: Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H. (NAM), Past President, TAMEST; UT Health San Antonio
  • David E. Daniel, Ph.D. (NAE), President, TAMEST; President Emeritus, The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Ellen R. Gritz, Ph.D. (NAM), Emerita Professor and Former Chair of the Department of Behavioral Science, 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
TAMEST 2022 Annual Conference Sponsors

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.


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