Global web ALERT button


Saturday, October 7

UTMB Global Health Symposium

 8:00 – 8:30am 
 Registration and Breakfast
 8:30 – 8:45am

 Welcome and Opening Remarks (Dr. Jochen Reiser, Dr. Matthew Dacso)

 8:45 – 9:45am Global Health Partner Session - View Posters Here
 9:45 – 10:00am Break
 10:00am – 12:00pm
 Poster Session
 12:00 – 12:30pm
 12:30 – 1:30pm
 Keynote Address: William E. Bertrand, PhD
 William Bertrand has worked at Tulane in multiple areas of public health and development since 1967.
 He pioneered the use of information technology in field studies and the importance of information
 technology in public health research and education. His recent work is focused on integrating
 surveillance systems, evaluation information systems, and implementation science as sources of
 knowledge management for development and public health. His recent projects include certifying
 and measuring child labor in West Africa, and supporting institutional development and learning
 systems at the American University of Nigeria He is currently also serving as consultant to  CDC work
 in Latin America on Zika and the United States Navy on intervention strategies for resistant malaria
 in Viet Nam.
 1:30 – 1:45pm
 1:45 – 3:30pm
 Concurrent Sessions – Oral Presentations and Panel Discussions
 Lab/Clinical-Based Projects - Health Education Center, Room 3.200
   Moderator: Miguel Cabada
   Faculty Panelists: Maureen Laroche, Scott Weaver
   Presenters: Sarah Navid, Hannah Smith, Laxmi Dongur

 Community-Based Projects - Health Education Center, Room 3.201
   Moderator: Heidi Luft
   Faculty Panelists: Julio Canario, Hani Serag
   Presenters: Andrew Thornton, Harsh Madaik, Claire Phillips
 3:30 – 4:00pm
 Closing Remarks & Awards (Dr. Matthew Dacso) 


Submission Link:

The UTMB Center for Global & Community Health is proud to announce a call for abstracts for the 2023 Global Health Symposium – Global Health Training in an Era of Pandemics to be held in Galveston, Texas on Saturday, October 7th, 2023. 

We welcome abstracts from all fields involved in global health work or domestic work with underserved populations (medical, research, social sciences, public health, health professions, etc...).

Trainees (students enrolled in a degree program, Residents, Postdoctoral Fellows, Clinical Fellows) will be automatically considered for monetary Poster Awards. 

Important Dates
July 3rd – Call for abstracts opens
September 5th – Deadline for abstract submissions
Approximately September 8th – Notification of acceptance
October 7th – Presentation at symposium

Format Requirements
 - Only .pdf files will be accepted for abstracts
 - The page size must be US letter
 - Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and titles no longer than 50 words

Abstract structure:
- Background: In a few sentences, indicate the purpose and objective of the project, the hypothesis that was tested or a description of the problem being analyzed or evaluated.
- Methods: Describe the setting/location for the project, study design, study population, ethical considerations, data collection and methods of analysis used.
- Results: If available, present as clearly and detailed as possible the findings/outcome of the project, with specific results in summarized form.
- Conclusions: Briefly discuss the data and main outcome of the study. Emphasize the implications of the results for future projects, policy, or research.
- When results or data are not available, a description of a final product or intended analysis is acceptable.
- Previously published, presented, or unpublished work is welcome.

All submissions will be peer reviewed by a project committee, which will select abstracts to be presented as posters, demonstrations, or oral presentations.

Symposium registration is required to present but not to submit. The symposium will take place on October 7, 2023 in The Health Education Center at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. 

For questions, please contact Dr. Matthew Dacso at

Submission Link:




 Early Bird
(thru 9/1)
(Student, Resident, Postdoctoral Fellow, Clinical Fellow)
$10 $25 $35
Professional $25 $50 $75 

No registration refunds. Registration can be transferred to another individual by contacting Bradley Brock at


  • Breakfast
  • Keynote, concurrent breakout sessions, and poster session
  • Break Refreshments
  • Lunch

All registration fees will go towards UTMB student scholarships for international rotations.



The conference will be held in the Health Education Center, located on the UTMB campus.
UTMB's address is 301 University Blvd, Galveston, TX 77555.
The Health Education Center is located on Market Street between 11th and 12th Streets.(#123 on the Map)UTMBGalvestonCampusMap

UTMB faculty and students with existing parking on-campus can park in the regularly designated area.
Non-UTMB guests/participants can park in Lot E (circled on the map)

Hotel Options: (regular rates apply)

The Tremont House
Address: 2300 Ship Mechanic Row St, Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 763-0300

Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21
Address: 28 Pier 21, Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 763-3321

Hotel Galvez
Address: 2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 765-7721

Four Points by Sheraton Galveston
Address: 2300 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 974-4796

Best Western Plus Seawall Inn & Suites by the Beach
Address: 102 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 766-7070

Co‐sponsored by UTMB’s School of Public and Population Health (SPPH), School of Nursing (SON),
School of Health Professions (SHP), Texas AHEC East, Clifford Dacso, and The Institute for the Collaboration in Health

Organizing Committee
Bradley Brock, Matthew Dacso, Laurie Farroni, Tomiko Fisher, Kathleen Murphy, Sadie Odem, Cara Pennel