2016 RCMAR Annual Investigators Meeting

Hosted by: National Institutes of Health
April 26-27, 2016

Meeting Overview:

The theme for this year’s RCMAR Annual Investigators meeting is “reaching NIH diversity goals.” The meeting being held at the National Institutes of Health will bring together the latest findings in minority aging research. Through plenary presentations, conversations with experts, networking and workgroup meetings, attendees gain a wealth of new information and the infrastructure to support long-term mentoring relationships.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at the National Institutes of Health Campus, 31 Center Drive, Building 31, 6th Floor, C Wing, Room 6, Bethesda, Maryland

The conference includes all meals on April 26 & breakfast & lunch on April 27. All meals are on-site, except dinner on April 26th which will take place from 7-9pm at 4935 Bar and Kitchen, located at 4935 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814 (near the hotel). Vegetarian and Gluten free meal options are available upon request.

Registration: The cost to attend the meeting is $90. Credit cards are accepted. (Learn More)


The cost of your registration is $90. Please pre pay your registration using our Eventbrite online registration no later than April 15, 2016. All major credit cards are accepted.

Note credit cards are the only method of payment. If you cannot pay with a credit card please contact Porsche McGinnis at


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The RCMAR 2016 Annual meeting is being held on the campus of the National Institutes of Health located at 31 Center Drive, Building 31, Room 6, Bethesda, MD 20892-2182.

Visit NIH Visitor webpage for important visitor information including security and maps.



We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda at a rate of $209.00. The Hyatt Regency Bethesda is located at One Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, MD 20814. The hotel is located on top of a metro station which is just one short stop from the NIH campus!

Note the hotel block expired on March 23, 2016. Please contact the Hyatt Regency Bethesda for information regarding hotel rates at (301) 657-1234. 


Confirmed Oral and Poster Presenters Only
Please submit an abstract by emailing
Deadline Monday, March 23, 2016

Please follow the following format:

Author(s): Include authors’ full names, degree title(s), position(s) and institution(s).
Contact Email:
Bio (one paragraph about presenter to use in program): 
Acknowledgment(s): Dr. ________ received support from NIH/NIA Grant (your Center’s RCMAR grant),
Acknowledge any other support if applicable

Monday, April 25, 2016


Arrival Day: Hyatt Regency Bethesda
One Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, MD 20814

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Welcome Reception     (Hyatt Regency Hotel, Terrace)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

7:30 am – 8:15 am Continental breakfast                                         (Conference Room 6 Hallway)
8:15 am General Session Welcome                                 (Conference Room 6)
  • Lis Nielsen, Ph.D.
    Division of Behavioral and Social Research
    National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health
  • Carl Hill, Ph.D.
    Director, Office of Special Populations
    National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health
  • Steven P. Wallace, Ph.D.
    RCMAR National Coordinating Center (Coordinating Center)
    University of California, Los Angeles
9:15 am

NIA Opening Comments

  • Richard J. Hodes, M.D.
    Director, National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health
9:25 am

Opening Plenary:  Advancing NIH Diversity Goals (Conference Room 6)

  • Monica Ramirez Basco, Ph.D.
    Coordinator, Early Career Reviewer Program
    Executive Secretary, ACD Diversity Working Group Subcommittee on Peer Review
    Center for Scientific Review, Office of the Director
    National Institutes of Health
10:00 am

Completed Works by Scholars           (30 minutes each)       (Conference Room 6)

  • The influence of neighborhood socioeconomic position on the transition to type II diabetes in older Mexican Americans: The Sacramento Area Longitudinal Study on Aging
    Lorena Garcia, M.P.H.,Dr.P.H.
    Latino Aging Research Resource Center (LARRC)/RCMAR
    University of California, Davis
10:30 am – 10:50 am


10:50 am

Completed Works by Scholars, continued     (30 minutes each)      (Conference Room 6)

11:50 am – 1:30 pm

Lunch                                                                                                              (Cafeteria)

RCMAR Directors Meeting (By invitation only)                                (Room 7)           
1:30 pm

Cross-Site Mentoring Manuscript Report                                       (Conference Room 6)

Raising a RCMAR Scholar: Mentoring and Scholar Productivity from 1997-2015”
 Nina T. Harawa, Ph.D., M.P.H.
 RCMAR National Coordinating Center

2:00 pm – 3:15

Panel:  Diversity, Training and Research (working title)
Moderators:  Carl V. Hill, Ph.D., M.P.H and Chyren Hunter, Ph.D., Deputy Director
Division of Extramural Activities, National Institutes of Aging/National Institutes of Health                                                        (Conference Room 6)

  • Evan Hadley, M.D. (invited)
    Director, NIA Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology
  • Felipe Sierra, Ph.D.
    Director, NIA Division of Aging Biology
  • Nina Silverberg, Ph.D.
    Program Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Centers Program
    NIA Division of Neruoscience
  • John Haaga, Ph.D.
    Acting Director, NIA Division of Behavioral and Social Research
  • Eliseo Perez-Stable, M.D.
    Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
3: 15 pm – 3:45           Break
3:45 pm – 5:30 pm Scholar Poster Presentations                               (Room 5)
5:30 pm Adjourn and return to hotel
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

(4930 Bar and Kitchen, Bethesda)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

7:30 am Continental breakfast
(Conference Room 6 Hallway)
8:00 am – 9:30 am

Scholar meeting with National Institutes of Health representatives    
(Room 5)

Lis Nielsen, Ph.D., Carl V. Hill, Ph.D., M.P.H., John Haaga, Ph.D., and
Jonathan King, Ph.D., Program Director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health  

 (closed meeting/Scholars only)  
8:00 am – 9:30 am

Workgroup Meetings: 

Investigator Development Core: Darren Sledjeski, Ph.D., Chief, Genetic Mechanisms Branch, Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology, National Institute of General Medical Sciences 

(Room 7)

Community Core: Michele Evans, M.D., Deputy Scientific Director & Chief Health
Disparities Research Section, National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health                                                                                                                            (Room 8


Analysis Core:  Molly Wagster, Ph.D., Chief, Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience Branch, Division of Neuroscience, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health
and Erin Kent, Ph.D., M.S. , Epidemiologist and Program Director, Outcomes Research Branch, Healthcare Delivery Research Program, Vision of Cancer Control & Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute 

(Room 9)

9:30 am – 9:50 am Break
9:50 am – 10:00 am

Day 2 Meeting Overview 
(Conference Room 6)

  • Steven P. Wallace, Ph.D.
    RCMAR National Coordinating Center (Coordinating Center)
    University of California, Los Angeles
10:00 am

Completed Works by Scholars, continued (30 minutes each)
(Conference Room  6)

11:00 am – 11:15 am Break
11:15 am

Completed Works by Scholars, continued (30 minutes each)                     (Conference Room 6)

  • Lay Social Support to Reduce Readmissions Among African Americans with Heart Failure
    Raegan W. Durant, M.D., M.P.H.
    Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (Deep South)/RCMAR
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm


  • Judith Fradkin, M.D., Director, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    National Institutes of Health
  • Robert T. Croyle, Ph.D., Director, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences National Cancer Institute (invited)
  • Emmanual Taylor, M.Sc., Dr.P.H., Health Scientist Administrator, Leader, Performance and Evaluation Core, Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, National Cancer Institute
  • Mary Roary, Ph.D., Program Director, Division of  Extramural Science Programs
    National Insitute of Nursing Research, National Institute of Health
  • Chyren Hunter, Ph.D., Health Scientist Administrator (Deputy Director)
    Division of Extramural Activities, National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health  
1:15 pm – 2:45

Panel: RCMAR’s Many Routes to Success  
(Conference Room 6)
Moderator: Marie Bernard, MD

  • Yvette Roubideaux, M.D., M.P.H. (NERC)
    Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Leadership, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University and former Director, Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Jacqui Mattis, Ph.D. (MCUAAAR)
    Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan
    Managing Director, Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context, Univ. of Michigan and Interim Chair, Personality and Social Contexts
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Concluding Remarks/Evaluations


Annual Meeting PowerPoint Presentations
Annual Meeting Bios and Poster Abstracts