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Mayes’ Dr. Issa Selected to National Academies Keck Futures Initiative
Posted: Monday, June 25, 2012
Contact:  Brian Kirschner
Contact Email:  b.kirschner@usciences.edu
Contact Phone:  215.895.1186

Amalia M Issa, PhD, MPH, professor and chair of Mayes College’s Department of Health Policy and Public Health, has been competitively selected (one of only about 100) to participate in this year’s National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) conference in November.

“NAKFI is a 15-year effort of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine to catalyze interdisciplinary inquiry and to enhance communication among researchers, funding organizations, universities, and the general public. The objective is to support the climate for conducting interdisciplinary research, and to break down related institutional and systemic barriers. NAKFI works towards these objectives by harnessing the intellectual horsepower of approximately 150 individuals from diverse backgrounds who apply to attend its annual “think-tank” style conference; and by awarding $1 million in seed grants – on a competitive basis – to conference participants to enable further pursuit of bold, new ideas and connections stimulated by the conference.”

Only conference participants will be eligible for these National Academies grants.

In addition, Dr. Issa recently participated as an invited speaker at the Cleveland Clinic
2012 Personalized Healthcare Summit
on Thursday, May 31, 2012. The title of her talk was “Pharmacogenetics: Predicting Therapeutic Response – What Have We Learned?”

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