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  • Keynote Speakers

    Thursday, November 15, 9:00–10:00 AM (Keynote Address);
    Thursday, November 15 11:45 AM–1:00 PM (Research Ethics Discussion Luncheon)

    Timothy-CaulfieldTimothy Caulfield, LLB, LLM, FRSC, FCAHS
    Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy; Professor, Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health; Research Director, Health Law Institute, University of Alberta; Fellow, the Royal Society of Canada; Fellow, the Trudeau Foundation; Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

    Timothy Caulfield, LLB, LLM, FRSC, FCAHS is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and research director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. His interdisciplinary research on topics like stem cells, genetics, research ethics, and the public representations of science and health policy issues has allowed him to publish over 350 academic articles. He has won numerous academic and writing awards and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Trudeau Foundation, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He contributes frequently for the popular press and is the author of two national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness (Penguin 2012) and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Penguin 2015). Caulfield is also the host and co-producer of the documentary TV show, A User’s Guide to Cheating Death.

    Friday, November 16, 8:30 AM–9:30 AM

    Michelle-MelloMichelle M. Mello, JD, PhD
    Professor of Law, Stanford Law School; Professor of Health Research and Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine

    Michelle M. Mello, JD, PhD is professor of law at Stanford Law School and professor of health research and policy at Stanford University School of Medicine. She conducts empirical research into issues at the intersection of law, ethics, and health policy. She is the author of more than 180 articles and book chapters on the medical malpractice system, patient safety, public health law, pharmaceuticals, research ethics and governance, and other topics. The recipient of a number of awards for her research, she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine at the age of 40.

    Dr. Mello holds a JD from the Yale Law School and a PhD in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 2000 to 2014, Dr. Mello was a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she directed the School’s Program in Law and Public Health and chaired the IRB.

    Saturday, November 17, 8:30–9:30 AM

    Vicki-MaysVickie M. Mays, PhD, MSPH
    Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Letters and Sciences; Professor, Department of Health Services, University of California, Los Angeles; Director, University of California, Los Angeles Center on Research, Education, Training, and Strategic Communication on Minority Health Disparities

    Vickie M. Mays, PhD, MSPH is a professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Letters and Sciences, as well as a professor in the Department of Health Services, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Professor Mays is also the director of the UCLA Center on Research, Education, Training, and Strategic Communication on Minority Health Disparities. She holds a PhD in clinical psychology and an MSPH in health services, with postdoctoral training in psychiatric epidemiology and survey research as it applies to ethnic minorities (University of Michigan) and health policy (RAND).

    Professor Mays' research primarily focuses on the mental and physical health disparities affecting racial and ethnic minority populations. She has a long history of research and policy development in the area of contextual factors surrounding HIV/AIDS in racial and ethnic minorities. This work ranges from looking at barriers to education and services to understanding racial-based immunological differences that may contribute to health outcome disparities.

    Other areas of her research include looking at the role of perceived and actual discrimination on mental and physical health outcomes, particularly as these factors impact downstream disease outcomes. She is the co-principal investigator of the California Quality of Life Survey, a population based study of over 2,200 Californians on the prevalence of mental health disorders and the contextual factors associated with those disorders. Dr. Mays has provided testimony to a number of Congressional committees on her HIV, mental health, and health disparities research findings. She recently completed a term as chair of the Subcommittee on Populations of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, where she helped develop a report on the role of data collection in the reducing health disparities associated with race, ethnicity, and primary language. She has received a number of awards including one for her lifetime research on women and HIV from the American Foundation for AIDS Research, a Women and Leadership Award from the American Psychological Association, and several Distinguished Contributions for Research awards.