Friday, April 2

All activities take place in the Eastern Time Zone (ET) unless otherwise specified.

12:00 - 1:45 PM Scientific Programming:
  • Workshop: Overcoming Barriers With Bridges

    Presenter: Marina Walther-Antonio, PhD

    Please join us in evaluating creative solutions to outstanding translational science challenges presented by multisite and interdisciplinary teams. We welcome active participation by attendees in formulating questions to the presenting teams during the live session that will highlight the strengths and obstacles of the proposed solutions. At the end of the session, attendees will also have the opportunity to vote for what they think were the best proposed solutions.

  • Workshop: Three Steps to Save Time and Increase Engagement of Communities, Stakeholders and Policy Makers

    Presenters: Chris Mark Carlson, BA, JD and Susan Stoen

    Capturing and retaining attention has never been more challenging. At the same time, the stakes of clearly communicating the impact of new research to communities has also never been greater. Clear, concise and compelling communication is fundamentally vital to the translation of research to patient impact. Composing a compelling narrative, designing effective slides, and perfecting a compelling delivery takes time and effort. Learning how to maximize these investments allows more time for pursuing vital research.

    This interactive workshop introduces participants to three fundamental principles proven to engage audiences of every kind. Drawing from proven techniques in the performing arts, legal philosophy, and peer-reviewed science, this interactive session is certain to bring insight and practical value:

    • How to tap into an audience’s innate drives and desires
    • How to turn complex science into clear and concise narratives
    • How to leverage the genuine authenticity of your personality and voice
  • Workshop: Drivers of Progress in Translational Sciences

    Presenter: Elif Oral, MD, Jeffrey Friedman, MD, PhD, Anna Lok, MD, and Leslie Gordon, MD, PhD

    There are very different reasons why progress happens in science. The apple dropped from the tree onto Newton for discovery of gravity and Newtonian mechanics. This session will explore the stories behind discoveries and leaps that are happening now and the personal stories behind some of the efforts. If accepted, we will engage scientists who have found the passion due to personal reasons or through serendipity and how their interactions with stakeholders created progress. We are envisioning a question and answer format.

12:00 - 2:00 PM ACTS Ambassadors Presentations
  • A.) Introduction
  • B.) Flashtalks by participants
  • C.) Scientific session for future ACTS planning
  • D.) Selection of “Most Accessible Scientist” from ACTS sessions

Please note that the ACTS Ambassadors Program sessions are for registered high school classes and students only and are closed to other conference attendees. For information on similar programs in the future, contact

1:45 - 2:00 PM Break
2:00 - 3:00 PM Plenary: Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH, Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor

Join us for this closing session which will feature remarks from Dr. Christopher Lindsell, ACTS President and Dr. Karen Martinez-Gonzalez, President-Elect, as well as the presentation of our prestigious ACTS awards, and a plenary address from Dr. Sandro Galea: Data, Social Determinants, and Decision Making (in a time of COVID-19).


Tuesday, March 30

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Wednesday, March 31

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Thursday, April 1

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