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5 hours ago

Here’s a heartfelt story to start out your day!

“When I got that final call of, ‘I have good news. You have been approved,’ it was instant relief, and just instant peace and calm. And then, the excitement just kicked in,” Pamela Bish, a mom of three, expressed as she shares her journey of getting the chance to donate her kidney to her 2-year-old son with kidney failure.

Check out her story below: https://weisradio.com/2022/06/…

#kidneyhealth #kidneydonation #kidneypatients #ckd #heartyourkidneys #organdonation #exploretransplant #happypost
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Here’s a heartfelt story to start out your day!  

“When I got that final call of, ‘I have good news. You have been approved,’ it was instant relief, and just instant peace and calm. And then, the excitement just kicked in,” Pamela Bish, a mom of three, expressed as she shares her journey of getting the chance to donate her kidney to her 2-year-old son with kidney failure.  

Check out her story below: https://weisradio.com/2022/06/24/mom-opens-up-about-getting-ready-to-donate-kidney-to-2-year-old-son/ 

#kidneyhealth #kidneydonation #kidneypatients #ckd #heartyourkidneys #organdonation #exploretransplant #happypost
2 days ago

We are excited to share a panel talk from the American Society of Transplantation (AST) given by Dr. Amy Waterman, Dr. Devin Peipert, and Jim Gleason on “Amplifying the Patient Voice: Key Priorities and Opportunities for Improved Transplant and Living Donor Advocacy and Outcomes During COVID-19 and Beyond. Fundamentally this talk is an example of how we are trying to amplify the patient voice, and includes insight from Jim Gleason, the President of the Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO), and a patient himself!

Dr. Peipert from Northwestern University highlighted the significance of patients having a lot of expertise that no other stakeholder in the care process has, and they can report on aspects of health that help us do the best science and provide the best care. Mr. Gleason shared that amplifying the patient voice means being equally honest with patients and keeping the line of communication open. He stated, “to give the patient what they need when they need it, is to ensure a long healthy quality of life.” Dr. Waterman discussed that patient activation measures are being built into care to lead to successful health behaviors, shared decision-making, and better patient outcomes - emphasizing patient-centered care!

To watch the talk, visit:

#patientengagement #AST #americansocietyoftransplantation #patientvoices #patientsfirst #patientcare #amplifyingthepatientvoice #advocacy #transplant #donors #recipient #improvehealth #qualityoflifematters @trio_national @triooklahoma @northwesternmedicine @houstonmethodist #leadingmedicine
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We are excited to share a panel talk from the American Society of Transplantation (AST) given by Dr. Amy Waterman, Dr. Devin Peipert, and Jim Gleason on “Amplifying the Patient Voice: Key Priorities and Opportunities for Improved Transplant and Living Donor Advocacy and Outcomes During COVID-19 and Beyond. Fundamentally this talk is an example of how we are trying to amplify the patient voice, and includes insight from Jim Gleason, the President of the Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO), and a patient himself!  

Dr. Peipert from Northwestern University highlighted the significance of patients having a lot of expertise that no other stakeholder in the care process has, and they can report on aspects of health that help us do the best science and provide the best care. Mr. Gleason shared that amplifying the patient voice means being equally honest with patients and keeping the line of communication open. He stated, “to give the patient what they need when they need it, is to ensure a long healthy quality of life.” Dr. Waterman discussed that patient activation measures are being built into care to lead to successful health behaviors, shared decision-making, and better patient outcomes - emphasizing patient-centered care! 

To watch the talk, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWBdJgsgVm4 

#patientengagement #AST #americansocietyoftransplantation #patientvoices #patientsfirst #patientcare #amplifyingthepatientvoice #advocacy #transplant #donors #recipient  #improvehealth #qualityoflifematters @trio_national @triooklahoma @northwesternmedicine @houstonmethodist #leadingmedicine
Explore Transplant is with Transplant Recipients International Organization.
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1 week ago

Our partners, the Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO), spoke at the 2022 Transplant Games in San Diego about their Post-Cancer Transplant project, which is focused on education about post-transplant cancer risk, prevention, and treatment. For those that did not get a chance to attend, we would like to share a link to the Post-Transplant Cancer project. This article brings awareness to transplant recipients of their increased risk for cancer. In collaboration with Dr. Amy Waterman, TRIO developed a website dedicated to educating patients and their families on the most accurate and up-to-date cancer-related medical information from medical experts, tailored by organ transplant type. We are so proud of our partners!

To read more about this project, visit: https://exploretransplant.org/wp-content/uploads/…

To learn more about post-transplant cancer, visit TRIO’s website:

#TRIO #transplantgames#PostTransplantCancerProject #PTC #riskforcancer #awareness #kidneytransplant #transplant #education #prevention #risk #transplantgames #organdonation TRIO Transplant Recipients International Organization SF Valley - Ventura Transplant Recipients International Organization
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Our partners, the Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO), spoke at the 2022 Transplant Games in San Diego about their Post-Cancer Transplant project, which is focused on education about post-transplant cancer risk, prevention, and treatment. For those that did not get a chance to attend, we would like to share a link to the Post-Transplant Cancer project. This article brings awareness to transplant recipients of their increased risk for cancer. In collaboration with Dr. Amy Waterman, TRIO developed a website dedicated to educating patients and their families on the most accurate and up-to-date cancer-related medical information from medical experts, tailored by organ transplant type. We are so proud of our partners!  

To read more about this project, visit: https://exploretransplant.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/TRIO-Cancer-TransplantNATION-article.pdf 

To learn more about post-transplant cancer, visit TRIO’s website: https://www.triowebptc.org/  

#TRIO #transplantgames#PostTransplantCancerProject #PTC #riskforcancer #awareness #kidneytransplant #transplant #education #prevention #risk #transplantgames #organdonation TRIO Transplant Recipients International Organization SF Valley - Ventura Transplant Recipients International OrganizationImage attachmentImage attachment

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Thanks for this posting of TRIO's PTC workshop at the recent TGA event.

1 week ago

The Patient Engagement, Disparities, & Research Lab would like to introduce Alexa Sokhon, our Undergraduate Research Intern. Alexa joined us this May and has been working on Dr. LaShara Davis’s new Edutainment project and assisting with research-related activities for the lab. She recently presented a poster at the Methodist Association of Postdoctoral and Trainee Affairs Symposium (MAPTA), titled “Linked by Love: Relatability and Cultural Appropriateness of an Edutainment Series about CKD in an African American Family”. Alexa is an upcoming senior at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Medical Humanities. She hopes to become a physician and advocate for health disparities within the medical community. We are so happy to have her on our team!

To read more about Alexa’s internship, read her blog post: https://exploretransplant.org/meet-our-undergradua…

#undergraduateresearchintern #ResearchInternship #houstonmethodist #transplantresearch #transplantation #awareness
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The Patient Engagement, Disparities, & Research Lab would like to introduce Alexa Sokhon, our Undergraduate Research Intern. Alexa joined us this May and has been working on Dr. LaShara Davis’s new Edutainment project and assisting with research-related activities for the lab. She recently presented a poster at the Methodist Association of Postdoctoral and Trainee Affairs Symposium (MAPTA), titled “Linked by Love: Relatability and Cultural Appropriateness of an Edutainment Series about CKD in an African American Family”. Alexa is an upcoming senior at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Medical Humanities. She hopes to become a physician and advocate for health disparities within the medical community. We are so happy to have her on our team!

To read more about Alexa’s internship, read her blog post: https://exploretransplant.org/meet-our-undergraduate-research-intern-alexa-sokhon/

#undergraduateresearchintern #ResearchInternship #houstonmethodist #transplantresearch #transplantation #awarenessImage attachmentImage attachment

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2 weeks ago

Here’s to a great weekend of learning and serving the transplant community as they shared their incredible journey with us! We are so grateful we were able to be a part of the 2022 Transplant Games in San Diego this year - special thanks to our amazing collaborators at Sanofi!

#TGA2022SD #transplantgames #transplant #sandiego #california #sandiegoconventioncenter @sanofi Sanofi @houstonmethodist #LeadingMedicine #LivingDonation #kidneys #shareyourspare #BeTheGift #DonateLife #Power2Save #explorelivingdonation #exploretransplant #heartyourkidneys #kidneyhealth #patientengagement #OrganDonation #NKF #kidneydisease #CKD #ckdawareness #kidneyrecipient #kidneydonor #kidneypatients
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Here’s to a great weekend of learning and serving the transplant community as they shared their incredible journey with us! We are so grateful we were able to be a part of the 2022 Transplant Games in San Diego this year - special thanks to our amazing collaborators at Sanofi! 

#TGA2022SD #transplantgames #transplant #sandiego #california #sandiegoconventioncenter @sanofi  Sanofi  @houstonmethodist #LeadingMedicine #LivingDonation #kidneys #shareyourspare #BeTheGift #DonateLife #Power2Save #explorelivingdonation  #exploretransplant #heartyourkidneys #kidneyhealth #patientengagement #OrganDonation #NKF #kidneydisease #CKD #ckdawareness #kidneyrecipient #kidneydonor #kidneypatientsImage attachmentImage attachment
2 weeks ago

There are more than 400,000 individuals living in the United States with an organ transplant, and more than 105,000 on the waiting list. The transplant journey lasts a lifetime, and few comprehensive resources exist. The community is invited to attend a live screening of the new docuseries, Letters of Hope, offered at the West Hills campus of Thermo Fisher Scientific on August 11th. In Letters of Hope, Valen Keefer, creator and dual-transplant recipient, provides patient-to-patient education she wishes she had. The screening, which can also be streamed virtually, will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Valen Keefer, representatives from Thermo Fisher Scientific, the series producer and/or other transplant recipients.

The live screening can be accessed online at:

#lettersofhope #donate #donatelife #donatelifeamerica #kidneytransplant #kidney #transplant #bethegift #explorelivingdonation #exploretransplant #heartyourkidneys #kidneyhealth #patientengagement #organdonation #kidneydisease #CKD #kidneyrecipient #docuseries #livescreening #transplantjourney
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There are more than 400,000 individuals living in the United States with an organ transplant, and more than 105,000 on the waiting list. The transplant journey lasts a lifetime, and few comprehensive resources exist. The community is invited to attend a live screening of the new docuseries, Letters of Hope, offered at the West Hills campus of Thermo Fisher Scientific on August 11th. In Letters of Hope, Valen Keefer, creator and dual-transplant recipient, provides patient-to-patient education she wishes she had. The screening, which can also be streamed virtually, will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Valen Keefer, representatives from Thermo Fisher Scientific, the series producer and/or other transplant recipients. 

The live screening can be accessed online at: http://bit.ly/LOHLive 

#lettersofhope #donate #donatelife #donatelifeamerica #kidneytransplant #kidney #transplant #bethegift #explorelivingdonation #exploretransplant #heartyourkidneys #kidneyhealth #patientengagement #organdonation #kidneydisease #CKD #kidneyrecipient #docuseries #livescreening #transplantjourney
2 weeks ago

The White House’s U.S. Digital Service conducted a report on the transplant procurement process and found several discrepancies with matching patients to donated organs, which was shared in the latest news article from The Washington Post. They strongly advocate revamping the transplant procurement process in addressing “aged software, periodic system failures, mistakes in programming, and overreliance on manual input of data”, as well as an immediate action to protect against cyber threats.

Click to read this article: https://washingtonpost.com/health/2022/…

#organdonation #transplant #TheWashingtonPost #awareness #AwarenessMatters
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The White House’s U.S. Digital Service conducted a report on the transplant procurement process and found several discrepancies with matching patients to donated organs, which was shared in the latest news article from The Washington Post. They strongly advocate revamping the transplant procurement process in addressing “aged software, periodic system failures, mistakes in programming, and overreliance on manual input of data”, as well as an immediate action to protect against cyber threats.  

Click to read this article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2022/07/31/unos-transplants-kindeys-hearts-technology/  

#organdonation #transplant #TheWashingtonPost #awareness #AwarenessMatters
Explore Transplant is at San Diego Convention Center.
Explore Transplant
3 weeks ago

We met a heart recipient whose heart is living well and pumping to the fullest - winning first place in his 5K age range category! @transplant_games @houstonmethodist #wining #goldmedal #5krun ... See MoreSee Less

We met a heart recipient whose heart is living well and pumping to the fullest - winning first place in his 5K age range category! @transplant_games @houstonmethodist #wining #goldmedal #5krun
Explore Transplant is at San Diego Convention Center.
Explore Transplant
3 weeks ago

We had the privilege of meeting a two time donor who donated at Houston Methodist Hospital! Her husband introduced her to us as his H E R O. 💪🏼 We are so moved by her incredible story. #tga2022sd @houstonmethodist @sanofi ... See MoreSee Less

We had the privilege of meeting a two time donor who donated at Houston Methodist Hospital! Her husband introduced her to us as his H E R O. 💪🏼 We are so moved by her incredible story. #tga2022sd  @houstonmethodist @sanofi

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She’s our HERO!!❤️

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Explore Transplant is at San Diego Convention Center.
Explore Transplant
3 weeks ago

We are at the Transplant Games to find more living donors and people with a living donor transplant who want to share their experiences to help others who are curious about living donation. If you are at the games, come share your story with us! || Booth #: 17 Go to: explorelivingdonation.org to learn more. @houstonmethodist @sanofi #tga2022sd ... See MoreSee Less

We are at the Transplant Games to find more living donors and people with a living donor transplant who want to share their experiences to help others who are curious about living donation. If you are at the games, come share your story with us! || Booth #: 17 Go to: explorelivingdonation.org to learn more. @houstonmethodist @sanofi #tga2022sd
Explore Transplant is at San Diego Convention Center.
Explore Transplant
3 weeks ago

It’s inspiring to see the impact of living donation on the health of patients here at the Transplant Games. We had the pleasure of meeting Brooke, a Transplant Coach and a liver transplant recipient. She has a transplant podcast! Check it out @thebonusyears ... See MoreSee Less

It’s inspiring to see the impact of living donation on the health of patients here at the Transplant Games. We had the pleasure of meeting Brooke, a Transplant Coach and a liver transplant recipient. She has a transplant podcast! Check it out @thebonusyears
Explore Transplant is in San Diego, California.
Explore Transplant
3 weeks ago

The hope and health possible after transplant is alive and well at the Transplant Games. We’re out here cheering all the transplant donors, recipients, and their families during the Transplant Games parade. 💫@houstonmethodist @transplant_games @sanofi #tga2022sd ... See MoreSee Less

The hope and health possible after transplant is alive and well at the Transplant Games. We’re out here cheering all the transplant donors, recipients, and their families during the Transplant Games parade. 💫@houstonmethodist @transplant_games @sanofi #tga2022sdImage attachmentImage attachment+4Image attachment
Explore Transplant is at San Diego Convention Center.
Explore Transplant
3 weeks ago

The Patient Engagement Research team at Houston Methodist Hospital and Sanofi partners, Veronica
Martinez, take on the 2022 Transplant Games of America in San Diego, California! If you are attending, stop by our booth to get a free beach ball and to learn about our Digital Storytelling project and other available resources for kidney transplant donors, recipients, and family members. Come share your story with us!  Booth #: 17 #TGA2022SD #transplantgames @sanofi @MethodistHosp #houstonmethodisthospital #leadingmedicine
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The Patient Engagement Research team at Houston Methodist Hospital and Sanofi partners, Veronica
 Martinez, take on the 2022 Transplant Games of America in San Diego, California! If you are attending, stop by our booth to get a free beach ball and to learn about our Digital Storytelling project and other available resources for kidney transplant donors, recipients, and family members. Come share your story with us!  Booth #: 17   #TGA2022SD #transplantgames @sanofi @MethodistHosp #houstonmethodisthospital #leadingmedicineImage attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment
Explore Transplant is at San Diego Convention Center.
Explore Transplant
3 weeks ago

Cooler weather, transplant community engagement, and the excitement of Transplant Games await
us in San Diego this weekend! @houstonmethodist @sanofi @MethodistHosp
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Cooler weather, transplant community engagement, and the excitement of Transplant Games await
 us in San Diego this weekend! @houstonmethodist @sanofi @MethodistHosp
3 weeks ago

We are so proud to be launching The Living Donation Storytelling Project at Transplant Games this weekend! We look forward to sharing “The Power of Online Storytelling for Living Kidney Donors” written by Martha, our guest blogger, on her participation with the Living Donation Storytelling Project. Want to read her story?

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#transplantgames #transplant #SanDiego #patientengagement #california #sandiegoconventioncenter #Houstonmethodist #LeadingMedicine #LivingDonation #kidneys #DonateLife #explorelivingdonation #DigitalStorytelling Martha Gershun
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We are so proud to be launching The Living Donation Storytelling Project at Transplant Games this weekend! We look forward to sharing “The Power of Online Storytelling for Living Kidney Donors” written by Martha, our guest blogger, on her participation with the Living Donation Storytelling Project. Want to read her story? 

Go to: https://exploretransplant.org/news/

#transplantgames #transplant #SanDiego #patientengagement #california #sandiegoconventioncenter #Houstonmethodist #LeadingMedicine #LivingDonation #kidneys #DonateLife #explorelivingdonation #DigitalStorytelling  Martha Gershun

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Very excited to partner in this important project!

3 weeks ago

We are excited to announce that Dr. LaShara Davis has received the Kidney Health Equity Community Engagement Award from the National Kidney Foundation (NKF)!

This $75,000 grant award is designed to support research that prevents, reduces, or eliminates kidney health disparities while advancing health equity in local communities at high risk for kidney disease. With this funding, Dr. Davis plans to expand the use of digital storytelling to design health messages about kidney disease that better connect with African American/Black patients, increase awareness of the relationship between kidney disease, hypertension, and diabetes, and motivate actions to monitor their kidney function. We are so honored and would like to thank Dr. Gaber for his support, and Laurie Minze for her assistance with grant administration.

#kidneyhealth #HealthEquality #NKF #nationalkidneyfoundation #healthdisparites #grantannoucement #africanamericans #kidneydisease #hypertention #diabeties #houstonmethodist #DigitalStorytelling #healthmessaging
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We are excited to announce that Dr. LaShara Davis has received the Kidney Health Equity Community Engagement Award from the National Kidney Foundation (NKF)! 

This $75,000 grant award is designed to support research that prevents, reduces, or eliminates kidney health disparities while advancing health equity in local communities at high risk for kidney disease. With this funding, Dr. Davis plans to expand the use of digital storytelling to design health messages about kidney disease that better connect with African American/Black patients, increase awareness of the relationship between kidney disease, hypertension, and diabetes, and motivate actions to monitor their kidney function. We are so honored and would like to thank Dr. Gaber for his support, and Laurie Minze for her assistance with grant administration. 

#kidneyhealth #HealthEquality #NKF #nationalkidneyfoundation #healthdisparites #grantannoucement #africanamericans #kidneydisease #hypertention #diabeties #houstonmethodist #DigitalStorytelling #healthmessaging

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Congratulations, Dr. Davis!

4 weeks ago

Many thanks for the hard work of the entire staff at the Scientific Registry of Kidney Patients (SRTR) and brainstorming between patients, donors, family members, professionals, organizations, and governmental officials. Everyone wants to make People Driven Transplant Metrics more valuable for patients’ informed decision-making. #srtrcc22 ... See MoreSee Less

Many thanks for the hard work of the entire staff at the Scientific Registry of Kidney Patients (SRTR) and brainstorming between patients, donors, family members, professionals, organizations, and governmental officials.  Everyone wants to make People Driven Transplant Metrics more valuable for patients’ informed decision-making. #srtrcc22
4 weeks ago

So proud to be hugging the incoming President of Transplant International Recipients Organization (TRIO), Lorrinda Gray-Davis, peer supporter, and my long-term friend and Merle Zuel, TRIO treasurer and rock star extraordinaire. #srtrcc22 ... See MoreSee Less

So proud to be hugging the incoming President of Transplant International Recipients Organization (TRIO), Lorrinda Gray-Davis, peer supporter, and my long-term friend and Merle Zuel, TRIO treasurer and rock star extraordinaire. #srtrcc22
Explore Transplant is in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Explore Transplant
1 month ago

Researchers and transplant clinicians who met in St. Louis years ago, now influence the whole country- thanks for being true friends and patient advocates, Drs. David Axelrod and Krista Lentine. #srtrcc22 ... See MoreSee Less

Researchers and transplant clinicians who met in St. Louis years ago, now influence the whole country- thanks for being true friends and patient advocates, Drs. David Axelrod and Krista Lentine. #srtrcc22
Explore Transplant is in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Explore Transplant
1 month ago

Drs Gaber and Waterman from J.C Walter, Jr. Transplant Center and Houston Methodist Hospital meet a healthy lung transplant patient who thanked them for taking a chance on him when other centers didn’t accept him for his transplant. #srtrcc22 #conference ... See MoreSee Less

Drs Gaber and Waterman from J.C Walter, Jr. Transplant Center and Houston Methodist Hospital meet a healthy lung transplant patient who thanked them for taking a chance on him when other centers didn’t accept him for his transplant. #srtrcc22 #conference

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INSIGHTS FROM KIDNEY RECIPIENTS, LIVING DONORS AND TRANSPLANT PROFESSIONALS

  • Meet Our Undergraduate Research Intern: Alexa Sokhon

    Meet Our Undergraduate Research Intern: Alexa Sokhon

    Hello everyone! My name is Alexa Sokhon and I am from Lebanon. I am an upcoming senior at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Medical Humanities. This summer, I had the prestigious opportunity to be a research intern with the Department of Surgery and J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center at the …Read more
  • Telling Your Story: The Power of Online Storytelling for Living Kidney Donors

    Telling Your Story: The Power of Online Storytelling for Living Kidney Donors

    By Martha Gershun, Guest Blogger  Sharing stories helps people connect and learn from each other in powerful and unique ways. It also allows the storyteller to process their own experiences as they structure and organize their personal narrative to offer to others. The Living Digital Storytelling Project is a compelling, user-friendly platform for real-life living donation stories that provides first-person …Read more
  • Mentoring Program to Promote Inclusivity in Biomedical Research

    Mentoring Program to Promote Inclusivity in Biomedical Research

    Written by Vandana Suresh, PhD, Communication & External Relations, Houston Methodist Academic Institute    Houston Methodist’s Amy Waterman and LaShara Davis are participating in the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research.  Even before his official foray into politics, former President Barack Obama looked up to South African leader-humanitarian-activist Nelson Mandela for …Read more