El Faro Newsletter

Note from the Editor

Welcome Message from the Editors of El Faro, Sandra Oviedo Ramirez and Allyson Hughes.

Welcome to the Summer 2015 edition of El Faro: La Voz de la Red. The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you up to date with current topics and research among the members of the National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN) and the Early Career Leadership Committee (ECLC). We also hope that you will use this newsletter to not only stay connected with current members of NHSN but also to make connections with new members and senior members.

Our current issue highlights the 15th Annual National Hispanic Science Network conference that was held June 24, 2015 to June 26, 2015 at La Quinta Inn & Suites Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX.

If you attended the conference, we hope that you enjoyed yourself. We have no doubt that you left the conference feeling inspired and informed by the clinical research, the epidemiological research, and the use of animal models research regarding drugs of abuse and their implications. The conference allowed for us to focus on the NHSN’s Mission Statement which states that “NHSN is dedicated to improving the health equity of Hispanics by increasing the amount, quality and dissemination of interdisciplinary translational research; and fostering the development and advancement of Hispanic scientists to promote future leaders.”

For this edition we highlight the many exciting new projects that were presented at this year’s conference. In addition, we also include accomplishments of current NHSN members, the speed mentoring luncheon, the many well-deserving award winners, the expert led grant writing session, and new investigators panel. We also introduce new members to NHSN in the New Members Spotlight section.

We would like to offer a special thanks to this year’s National Steering Committee which included Patricia E. Molina, M.D., Ph.D., Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D., Margarita Alegría, Ph.D., James Anthony, Ph.D., Richard De La Garza, II, Ph.D., Diana Martínez, M.D., María Elena Medina-Mora, Ph.D., Guillermo Prado, Ph.D., Yonette F. Thomas, Ph.D., Avelardo Valdez, Ph.D., and to the Early Career Leadership co-chairs which include Yessenia Castro, Ph.D. and Miguel Ángel Cano, Ph.D. for another successful conference! We would also like to thank Betsy Giamo and the volunteers who helped with the planning and execution of this year’s conference.

We hope that you are enjoying your summer and catching up on relaxation and work. Enjoy the issue!

Sandra & Allyson