Inter-CFAR Workshop on Partnerships between HBCUs and CFARs

Addressing the Under-representation of African American Investigators in HIV/AIDS

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Time & Date

Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 9:00am – 4:30pm CST
(Registration begins at 8:15am)


Cal Turner Family Center | Meharry Medical College
1011 21st Ave N | Nashville, TN 37208

Contact Heather Burgess B.S.B. for more information.

TN-CFAR Co-Administrator
(615) 343-7408

Hotel & Lodging

Embassy Suites Nashville – At Vanderbilt
1811 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
P: 615-320-8899

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(Discounted rate of $219 available until Feb. 18th for the first 50 rooms.)


The hotel provides a complimentary Made-to-Order breakfast in the atrium beginning at 6:30 AM

Continental Breakfast provided at venue 8:00am -9:00am

Lunch will be provided | Drinks and snacks throughout the day

Lactation Facilities are available in the Cal Turner Family Center. Please inquire at the registration desk for additional information.


Parking available in Annex F at the Cal Turner Family Center

Embassy Suites Nashville - At Vanderbilt



Shuttles will depart from the Embassy Suites Nashville – At Vanderbilt at 8:00am and 8:30am on Thursday, March 22nd

Transportation to the Nashville International Airport following the end of the Workshop via:
Green Cab: (615)424-6000
NashVegas Cab: (615)332-3333
Yellow Cab: (615)256-0101

Ride-sharing services (Uber & Lyft) are also available.

Meeting Objective:

This workshop will bring together stakeholders in the HIV/AIDS research enterprise representing  HBCUs, non-HBCU academic institutions at CFARs, federal agencies, and community members. From this workshop will come:

  1. conversation regarding opportunities for HBCUs and CFARs to work in partnership to address the underrepresentation of African Americans investigators in HIV/AIDS;
  2. identifying top  priorities for interactions between HBCUs and CFARs that will help to address this underrepresentation;
  3. action items based on these high priorities;
  4. inter-institutional, inter-disciplinary working groups that will collaboratively address these action items over the months after the meeting.


8:15AM – 9:00AM: Registration

9:00AM – 9:30AM: Plenary Speaker
James E.K. Hildreth, PhD, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer
Meharry Medical College

9:30AM – 11:30AM: Panel discussions:

  1. (9:30AM – 10:00AM) Strategies for successful mentoring and career development.
  2. (10:00AM – 10:30AM) Strategies for developing successful research collaborations.
  3. (10:30AM – 11:00PM) Opportunities to engage non-medical school HBCUs
  4. (11:00AM – 11:30PM) Accessing necessary resources

11:30AM – 12:00PM: Keynote Speaker
Hannah Valantine, MD, MRCP
Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity
National Institutes of Health
Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Transplantation Genomics
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

12:00PM – 1:00PM: Lunch on-site

1:00PM – 2:30PM: Concurrent breakout sessions

  1. “How can we increase the number of African-Americans who choose to pursue HIV/AIDS research careers?”
  2. “How can we more effectively engage African-American investigators in HIV/AIDS research through team science?”
  3. “What are the opportunities to engage HBCUs that do not have medical schools?”
  4. “How can we better access resources to increase the number of African-Americans in HIV/AIDS research?”

2:30PM – 4:15PM: Reports from breakout sessions