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ASU College of Health Solutions to host Translational Science Conference

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ASU's College of Health Solutions is hosting its second annual Translational Science Conference Oct. 27–28.

October 20, 2022

The College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University continues on its mission to bring people together to improve the health of the community with its second annual Translational Science Conference.

The conference, taking place Oct. 2728, brings people from multiple disciplines to explore innovative approaches in translational research and collaboration.

This year’s conference, happening virtually on Thursday, Oct. 27, and virtually and in-person on Friday, Oct. 28, examines actionable strategies for enhancing team effectiveness, adaptability and longevity.

Deborah Williams is the director of affinity networks and translational teams in addition to being a clinical assistant professor at the College of Health Solutions. Williams said the conference brings together leading scientists in the field to provide insight into new and enhanced translational research approaches.

“The problems facing our world are so complex and multidimensional that we need to expand our thinking in order to address them,” Williams said. “That means working together in diverse, transdisciplinary teams and using more systems-oriented approaches.

“This conference provides an opportunity to explore new methods, research and perspectives that can promote innovation and hopefully produce results that directly benefit human health.”

Conference to feature leading voices in translational science

“We have a great panel of speakers addressing a range of pertinent issues that impact much of the work we do daily from projects, programs, research and funding,” Williams said.

Key topics include dealing with barriers that prohibit productivity, better ways to lasting, co-created coalitions and future directions.

Featured speakers for this year’s conference are:

  • David Chambers, deputy director for implementation science, National Cancer Institute.
  • Teresa Aseret-Manygoats, bureau chief, chronic disease and health promotion, Arizona Department of Health Services.
  • Ann Verhey-Henke, strategic director, Center for Socially Engaged Design, University of Michigan.
  • Michael Welsh, interim executive director, Phoenix VA Health Care System.
  • Cady Berkel and Corrie Whisner, co-directors of the Maternal Child Health Translational Team, ASU College of Health Solutions.

Chambers, Thursday's keynote speaker, will offer a separate session on Friday to allow participants an opportunity to ask questions in an informal session.

Berkel and Whisner will present what should be an impactful session on knowledge sharing among the maternal child care workforce on Thursday afternoon.

In addition to the speakers, the conference includes interactive sessions and workshops. The Friday, Oct. 28, workshops and sessions will be both in person and virtual.

2022 Translational Science Conference

Designing Adaptable Teams for Longevity and Success

Virtual session: 9 a.m.–3:45 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27

Virtual and in-person sessions: 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28. In-person sessions take place at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus in the Health North building, 550 N. 3rd St., Phoenix.

For more information and to register, visit

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