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About Forward Texas: TAMEST Conversations on COVID-19

TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) is hosting the “Forward Texas: TAMEST Conversations on COVID-19 ” series to explore how Texas can move ahead during this crisis. TAMEST will bring together the Texas research community to discuss the impacts of the pandemic and share evidence-based scientific information and research on the spread, prevention, treatments, vaccines and public health response for COVID-19.

COVID-19: Mental and Behavioral Health Impacts

TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) invites you to register for a conversation on the mental and behavioral health impacts associated with COVID-19 on Thursday, May 28 at 11:00 a.m. Hear from experts at the state, national and international level on modeling and study of the mental health impacts of the pandemic, including substance abuse, anxiety, depression and psychiatric treatment.

COVID-19 Modeling and Testing in Texas

TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) hosted a conversation on COVID-19 modeling and testing in Texas on Thursday, May 14, 2020. TAMEST member institutions, the greater Texas research community and more joined vaccine expert and TAMEST Member Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM), Baylor College of Medicine, for a conversation with noted epidemiologists Rebecca Fischer, Ph.D., Texas A&M University, and Lauren Ancel Meyers, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, on what the science says the next steps of the pandemic response should be in Texas.

COVID-19 Conversation with US Senator John Cornyn

TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) hosted a virtual conversation on COVID-19 with United States Senator John Cornyn and Texas research leaders on Thursday, April 9, 2020. TAMEST member institution chancellors, presidents, vice presidents of research, provosts and schools of medicine deans attended the virtual meeting to learn more about the Congressional response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including three bills recently passed that support universities and health care facilities in their efforts against the virus.


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