Research Symposium Series

Join fellow University at Buffalo investigators and community partners advancing research in our region on critical topics. 

In 2023 the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences is proud to introduce our inaugural Research Symposium Series.

At this multidisciplinary research forum, UB investigators and community partners can present their insights and implications, engage in structured conversations and gain the latest information on a range of topics related to health equity, clinical practice, quality improvements and more.

Sessions will include: 

  • poster presentations 
  • keynote address 

UB research support offices will be on site to answer questions, and follow-up will be coordinated to form collaborative groups. We’ll provide food and beverages.

2023-2024 Series

As an attendee or presenter at the symposium, you’ll experience the impressive breadth and depth of research being conducted by your peers — and you’ll gain opportunities to network. 

VPHS Symposium on Health Equity

Thursday, June 6, 2024 at 12 p.m. 
Jacobs School Active Learning Room

Keynote Presentation

Image of keynote speaker Dr. Monica Webb Hooper.

Monica Webb Hooper, PhD, Deputy Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at NIH will be speaking about her collaborative, community-engaged science that seeks to prevent or reduce the impact of chronic illnesses on populations with health disparities.

Kelly Marie Wofford, MS.

Kelly Marie Wofford, MS, Director of the Erie County Office of Health Equity, will present her team's 2023 Report on Health Equity in Erie County. Their goal is to assess the current circumstances and challenges to advance the health of our community.

Karabi Acharya.

Karabi Acharya, MHS, ScD, Global Health, of the Robert Woof Johnson Foundation will present on health equity worldwide. At the RWJF, Dr. Acharya is leading the effort to understand the historical inequities, how health equity is a challenge beyond the US, and how we can integrate solutions from beyond our borders. Her team works to assimilate ideas from around the world and use that knowledge to build a culture of health in the United States.


Time Description
12 p.m. Lunch provided and posters on display
1 p.m.  Keynote Presentation by Monica Webb Hopper, PhD
2 p.m.  Presentation by Kelly Marie Wofford, MS
3 p.m. Presentation by Karabi Acharya, MHS, ScD, Global Health
4 p.m. Poster and networking session


Zoom will be available for those who register.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

Jill Szczesek, PhD

Associate Vice President of Research Administration and Finance

Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences

955 Main Street, Room 1214 Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

Phone: (716) 491-6151