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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, 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, The Honorable Henry Cisneros, Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Dr. Marcia McNutt, President of the National Academy of Sciences.

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.

Featured Speakers

Sandro Galea

Sandro Galea, M.D., Dr.P.H.

Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor

Boston University School of Public Health

Peter Hotez

Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.

Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine

Shara McClure

Shara McClure

Divisional Senior Vice President

Texas Health Care Delivery

Texas Health Care Delivery

Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa, Ph.D.

National Science Board Chair

Director (retired), Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

Sethuraman Panchanathan

Sethuraman Panchanathan, Ph.D.


National Science Foundation

Robert Phillips

Robert Phillips, M.D.

Founding Executive Director, The Center for Professionalism & Value in Health Care

American Board of Family Medicine 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 Science Center

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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

Interested in sponsoring the TAMEST 2022 Annual Conference?

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

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.


TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) 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 330 members, 11 Nobel Laureates and 18 member institutions, TAMEST is composed of Texas-based members of the three National Academies (National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences) and other honorific organizations. 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 recruited to Texas.


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