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2020 ATRN Health Summit

The 10th Annual Appalachian Translational Research Network Health Summit

Community-engaged Research in Translational Science: Innovations to Improve Health in Appalachia

Save the Date for this Virtual Conference!

When: September 22 - 23, 2020 

Tuesday, September 22: 9:45 AM - 12:20 PM

Wednesday, September 23: 9:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Location: A virtual conference hosted by the Wake Forest School of Medicine's Clinical and Translational Science Institute 

Registration: Registration is $25 | Register online

The Wake Forest School of Medicine Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WFSM CTSI) will host the 10th Annual Summit on September 22-23, 2020. The Summit will be abbreviated and held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summit Objectives:

  • Highlight current research designed to understand and reduce health disparities among diverse populations within Appalachia.
  • Identify innovative approaches to community-engaged research and translational science to improve the health of these populations.
  • Develop new and strengthen existing research partnerships, networks, and mentoring relationships to advance these approaches within the Region.
  • Establish and disseminate priorities for future Appalachia-focused research.

Submit an Abstract

The 2020 ATRN Health Summit is accepting abstracts for presentations and posters. The theme for the 2020 ATRN Health Summit is Community-Engaged Research in Translational Science: Innovations to Improve Health in Appalachia.

We are most interested in research, programs, and/or community efforts that highlight success in improving health and well-being in the Appalachian Region. The Summit will showcase both podium presentations and poster sessions. There is no cost for abstract submission. Abstracts are due August 7, 2020 at 11:59 PM. We encourage student attendance and abstract submission. Submit by clicking here.

We accept presentations and posters on a variety of themes focused around health topics, special populations, and methods and programs.

Some themes identified include:

  • Health topics (e.g., COVID-19, substance use, behavioral health, tobacco use and vaping, nutrition and food deserts, chronic disease, cancer control, environmental health, and health inequities);
  • Special populations (e.g., children and adolescents, older adults, women, LGBTQIA+ persons, immigrants and refugees, people of color, and historically marginalized communities); and
  • Innovative methods aligned with community-engaged and translational research, particularly within the context of COVID-19.

Submit an abstract


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Learn more about past ATRN Health Summits: 2018 ATRN Health Summit  |  2019 ATRN Health Summit

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