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Historically Speaking: Exploring Diversity in the Fields of Genomics and Biomedical Sciences

Event Details

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) continue their collaboration to present a program that explores the experiences of renowned African American biomedical researchers and physicians. Shaniqua McClendon of Crooked Media will moderate a panel of researchers affiliated with the National Institutes of Health that includes Fatimah Jackson, April Adams, Shawneequa Callier and Neil Hanchard. The researchers will discuss why they chose a career in medicine, recount their experiences with mentors, discuss the barriers they overcame in their careers, and share how they promote more diversity in their fields. 

All times are Eastern Time (ET).

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Shaniqua McClendon
Shaniqua McClendon, M.P.P.
  • Vice President
  • Crooked Media


Fatima Jackson
Fatimah Jackson, Ph.D.
  • Professor of Biology and Director of the W. Montague Cobb Research Laboratory
  • Howard University
April Adams
April Adams, M.D.
  • Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Baylor College of Medicine

Panelists Cont'd

Shawneequa Callier
Shawneequa L. Callier, M.A., J.D.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Research and Leadership
  • George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Neil Hanchard
Neil A. Hanchard, M.B.B.S., D.Phil.
  • Senior Investigator, Center for Precision Health Research
  • National Human Genome Research Institute

Last updated: October 18, 2022