TTUHSC to Host Virtual 2021 Endowed Lecture Series

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The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Health Professions Office of Research and Innovation is hosting its 2021 Endowed Lecture Series. The event seeks to cultivate a culture of creativity and discovery by exploring lecture topics from leading health care scholars and showcasing past research from the School of Health Professions.

Featured speakers include Chad Cook, P.T., Ph.D., Sharon Bakalash, M.D., Ph.D., and Susan McBride, Ph.D., RN-BC.

Cook is a professor at Duke University and program director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy division for the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He is a clinical researcher, physical therapist and profession advocate with a long-term history of clinical care excellence and service and 20 years of academic experience. Bakalash is a biotechnology entrepreneur and surgeon with more than two decades of leadership experience in the ophthalmology field. She also is CEO of TissueGen, a company seeking to develop next-generation technologies for advanced drug delivery, nerve regeneration and tissue engineering. McBride is a TTUHSC professor, nursing informaticist and director for the TTUHSC School of Nursing Graduate Informatics Program. Her research focuses upon developing methods to implement, evaluate and utilize health information technology to improve patient safety, quality and population health. 

Other scheduled speakers include Jeffrey Hoch, Ph.D., professor at the University of California, Davis Health, who will speak about health care economics; Paul Egan, Ph.D., assistant professor for the Texas Tech University College of Engineering who directs the Medicine, Mechanics and Manufacturing Design Lab at Texas Tech University; Toby Brooks, Ph.D., associate professor and director for the TTUHSC Master of Athletic Training Program; and Xia Li, Ph.D., Scientific Medical Director of Genetics/Genomics Division at Sonora Quest Laboratories and associate professor of the Pathology Department at the University of Arizona.
The series will take place on Zoom on March 4 and 5, with Tech Talks from noon to 2:30 p.m. each day and poster showcases from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. On March 5 there will be a doctoral seminar from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Those wishing to virtually attend the 2021 Endowed Lecture Series should register at Zoom links will be emailed to registrants on March 1. Those who register also will be able to access the links through the registration site prior to the event. 

For more information, email Carleigh Smith (

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