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Saturday, October 14, 2017

UTMB Global Health Education Symposium

8am                 Registration and Breakfast

9am                 Keynote Speaker: AMPATH: A Recipe for Global Health Partnerships

William Tierney, MD
Chair of Population Health, UT Dell Medical School
Professor, Internal Medicine, UT Dell Medical School                                 

10-10:15am       Break

10:15-11:45am  Concurrent Sessions                      

                          Students in Lab/Clinical-based Research

                          Incidence of Traveler’s Diarrhea among Travelers to Cusco, Peru
                          Rana Lahham (UTMB), Spencer Glenn (UTMB), Sophia Quinones (UTMB),
                          Tara Coady (Wake Forrest), Maria Morales (UTMB-UPCH), Karen Mozo (UTMB-UPCH),
                          Miguel Cabada (UTMB, UTMB-UPCH)

                          Low Hepatitis C Virus Reinfection Rates after Sustained Viral Response in HIV Coinfected Patients in
                          Houston, Texas
                          Obiageli Lynda Offor (UT Houston School of Public Health), Karen Vigil MD (UT Houston Medical),
                          Ben Barnett MD (UT Houston Medical)

                          Validation of Clinical Case Definition and Clinical Progression of Mesoamerican Nephropathy in

                          Hannah Worral (Baylor College of Medicine), Vera Won (Baylor College of Medicine),
                          Rebecca Fisher (Baylor College of Medicine), et al.

                          Students in Community-based Research

                          Association of Risky Behaviors with Sexual Practices in Adolescents in Riobamba, Ecuador:
                          A Search  to find the Root Cause of the High Rates of Adolescent Pregnancy

                          Smridhi Mahajan (UT Houston Medical), Madison Milhoan (UT Houston Medical),
                          O. Aibana (UT Houston Medical)

                          An Ethnographic Study on the Intersectional Social Determinants of Health among Haitian Migrant
                          Populations in Dominican Bateyes

                          Brenda Wilson (UTMB)

                          Improving Sexual Health Knowledge among Suburban and Rural Adolescents in Nicaragua
                          Blake Seeker (UT Health San Antonio), et al.

12-1pm            Lunch

1-2pm              Poster Session

2:15-3pm         One Health Tabletop Exercise

Workshop Facilitator(s): 

Kimberly Schuenke, PhD: Associate Director, Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases; University of Texas Medical Branch


David Walker, MD: Executive Director, Center for Biodefense & Emerging Infectious Diseases; University of Texas Medical Branch


3:15-4pm          How to Mobilize Communities for Participatory Education: A Community Health Club

Workshop Facilitator(s): 

Jason Rosenfeld, MPH; Assistant Director for Global Health; UT Health San Antonio

4:05pm             Closing Remarks and Poster Awards
Photo by: Jennifer Doran
Location: Cordoba, Argentina
Photo by: Priscilla Ly
Location: Cusco, Peru
Photo by: Janani Sundaresan
Location: Chennai, India


Who can enter?
Trainees (students in any program, residents, fellows) can submit photographs that they have taken during a global health field experience in a low-income country or a local (domestic) low-resource setting. All photographs submitted must have been taken by the trainee submitting them. Only photos taken by registered attendees of the 2017 UTMB Global Health Education Symposium will be considered for contest awards.

Submission Information
Photographs must have been taken between 7/1/2016 and 8/20/2017.

Trainees can submit up to three photographs in JPG files. Each JPG file should be between 2-3 MB in size to ensure high enough resolution for printing.

Electronic submission of photograph titles and brief (150 word maximum) descriptions of the photograph’s connection to global health or local (domestic) health in low-resource settings is required in an MS Word document. Please enumerate picture titles and descriptions so that they correspond with the picture numbers in the JPG files.

Photographs may depict global or domestic (low-resource) health challenges, solutions, and/or peoples, cultures, and physical environments.

Trainees will maintain ownership of their photographs, however, UTMB reserves the right to use submitted photographs in promotional materials.

Subject matter can include portraits, landscapes, or any subject that depicts a global health or domestic (low-resource) issue.

Submission Guidelines
Submit no more than three JPG files and one MS Word document that includes the photograph titles and descriptions online at:

Name your photographs as follows: lastname_firstname_picturenumber.jpeg (e.g. smith_sarah_1.jpeg)

Ethical Considerations1

When photographing people (or submitting photos of people you have already taken), we greatly encourage you to employ the following:

  • Respect the person you are photographing and treat that person with dignity.
  • If possible, obtain verbal consent from the person or people you wish to photograph and then show them your digital photograph to ensure they are comfortable with it.
  • If you are taking pictures of children, try to obtain the verbal consent of their parents or guardians.
  • Be particularly mindful when taking pictures of the vulnerability and privacy of people who are receiving health care—respect their privacy and follow the photography rules of their health care facility.
  • We discourage you from taking pictures of people when they are unclothed out of respect for their privacy.
  • Be mindful of whether or not you are representing the person accurately and/or the community accurately.
  • Be mindful of your intent in taking the photograph (e.g. are you taking it to portray a situation, raise public awareness, capture something beautiful, etc)

For more on ethics of global health photography, visit Unite for Sight:

Selection Criteria
Winners will be selected by a panel of judges. Photographs will be judged by their technical and artistic merits as well as their ability to convey a global health message.

Trainees submitting winning photographs will receive a cash prize and a certificate recognizing their accomplishment. Winners will be announced prior to the 2017 UTMB Global Health Education Symposium on Saturday, October 14th.  Only photos of registered attendees will be considered for contest awards.

All submissions will be printed and displayed at the UTMB Global Health Education Symposium on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

The submission has passed.


The UTMB Center for Global Health Education is proud to announce a call for abstracts for the 6th Annual Global Health Education Symposium – The Role of Academic Institutions in Global Health Policy, Implementation, and Leadership to be held in Galveston, Texas on Saturday, October 14th, 2017.

We welcome abstracts from all fields involved in global health work (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 6th – Call for abstracts opens
August 14th – Deadline for abstract submissions
Approximately September 11th – Notification of acceptance
October 14th – Presentation at symposium

Format Requirements

Abstracts should be submitted via online form. Submission deadline has passed.
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 (available soon) is required to present but not to submit. The symposium will take place on October 14, 2017 in Levin Hall at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. 

Click here to print this information as a pdf.

Submission deadline has passed.


Registration deadline has passed.


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

No registration refunds.


Keynote, concurrent breakout sessions, poster session, and 2 workshops
Break Refreshments

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


The conference will be held in Levin Hall, located on the UTMB campus.
UTMB's address is 301 University Blvd, Galveston, TX 77555.
Levin hall is located on Market Street between 10th and 11th Streets.(#55 on the Map)

UTMB faculty and students with existing parking on-campus please park in the regularly designated area.
Non-UTMB guests/participants can park in Garage 2 (circled on the map), and bring your parking ticket to the symposium registration table for validation.

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