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NINR 2021 Methodologies Boot Camp

September 13, 2021 - September 27, 2021

Artificial Intelligence Virtual Boot Camp

Registration for NINR’s Artificial Intelligence Boot Camp is now open.

Course Overview

The 2021 Boot Camp will explore the impact that Artificial Intelligence (AI) has in the evolving healthcare environment to improve the care of all patients and families in an equitable way. The goal is to showcase how AI can improve outcomes and how to avoid unintended consequences that increase disparities.

This year’s Boot Camp will consist of three sessions scheduled for:

  • Monday, September 13 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. (ET)
  • Monday, September 20 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. (ET) 
  • Monday, September 27 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. (ET)


*No application is needed to register. Registering will sign you up for all three sessions. You will receive the meeting link to Session I with meeting links for Sessions II and III to follow. Registration closes when full or by August 25 at 5:00 p.m. (ET).

Course Objectives

  • Describe the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and explore the role of AI to promote health, and to prevent illness.
  • Discuss strategies to build partnerships and collaborations among clinicians and scientists.
  • Better understand the potential for AI to reduce disparities and describe pitfalls and identify strategies to detect and prevent bias in health-related algorithms. 
  • Analyze prevention, clinical and translational AI applications to enhance quality of programs, policies and care to reduce health disparities and increase health equity.

Boot Camp Agenda

The Boot Camp will consist of three sessions:

Session I: Innovations and Improvements in Health Outcomes
Monday, September 13, 2021   |   1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Moderator: Dr. Rebekah RasoolyActing Director, Division of Extramural Science Programs, National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
1:00 p.m.

Opening Remarks and Speaker Introductions

Dr. Shannon Zenk, Director, NINR

1:10 p.m. Robert Lucero, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Professor and Inaugural Adrienne H. Moseley Endowed Chair in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, University of California, Los Angeles
1:40 p.m. Dina Katabi, PhD, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2:10 p.m.

Panel Session

Panelists: Dr. Robert Lucero and Dr. Dina Katabi

2:55 p.m. Closing Remarks

Session II: Clinical Applications
Monday, September 20, 2021   |   1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Moderator: Dr. Patti Brennan, Director, National Library of Medicine (NLM)
1:00 p.m.

Opening Remarks and Speaker Introductions

Dr. Patti Brennan, Director, NLM

1:10 p.m. Kenrick Dwain Cato, PhD, RN, FAAN, Assistant Professor, Columbia University School of Nursing
1:40 p.m. Cynthia Matuszek, PhD, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland Baltimore County
2:10 p.m.

Panel Session

Panelists: Dr. Kenrick Cato and Dr. Cynthia Matuszek

2:55 p.m. Closing Remarks

Session III: Bias in Algorithms
Monday, September 27, 2021   |   1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Moderator: Dr. Janine Austin Clayton, Director, NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health
1:00 p.m.

Opening Remarks and Speaker Introductions

Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable, Director, of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

1:10 p.m. Ravi Parikh, MD, MPP, FACP, Assistant Professor, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
1:40 p.m. Sanmi Koyejo, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2:10 p.m.

Panel Session

Panelists: Dr. Ravi Parikh and Dr. Sanmi Koyejo

2:55 p.m. Closing Remarks

Who Should Attend?

Graduate students, faculty, and clinicians who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. should attend.

Speakers, Faculty, and Staff

Speakers will include nationally and internationally known experts from NIH and academic institutions across the United States.

Format and Cost

The course will be online only and is provided by the NINR at no cost. A link to the livestream will be posted when registration closes. All sessions will be recorded and posted to the NINR YouTube channel at the conclusion.

Contact Information

For questions on the NINR Boot Camp, please contact:

Pamela Tamez, PhD
Training Director, NINR Division of Intramural Research

To request reasonable accommodations, please contact at least five days before the event. Real-time captioning will be available.

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