Planning Committee

Marino Bruce

Marino Bruce, PhD, MSRC, MDiv, CRC, is Associate Director of the Center for Research on Men’s Health (CRMH), Research Associate Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society, and Director of the CRMH Program for Research on Faith and Health at Vanderbilt University. As a social and behavioral scientist, he is interested in the integration of the full range of health determinants for African American males and their risk factors for chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease. His current research explores the intersection of religiosity, spirituality, race, gender and behavior and their implications for social and health outcomes among African American boys and men. He is also an ordained Baptist Minister with two decades of experience serving in multiple African American churches, and leverages the strengths of research and faith communities towards efforts to improve the health of disadvantaged and disenfranchised males, their families, and their communities.

Ellen Wright Clayton

Ellen Wright Clayton, MD, JD, is Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Law, and Co-founder of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt University. She is the 2010 recipient of the William G. Bartholome Award for Ethical Excellence from the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Bioethics. Prof. Clayton is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), where she serves on the National Advisory Council, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She has advised the National Institutes of Health and other federal and international bodies on topics ranging from children's and women's health to the ethical conduct of human subject research. She is currently a Principal Investigator on a project funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health, LawSeqSM: Building a Sound Legal Foundation for Translating Genomics into Clinical Application (1-R01-HG008605). 

Prof. Pamala Jacobson

Pamala A. JacobsonPharmD, FCCP, is a Distinguished Professor and Associate Department Head of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Jacobson is the Director of the Institute of Personalized Medicine. She is a Co-PI of the Minnesota Precision Medicine Collaborative which is a University of Minnesota Grand Challenge program developing a research platform and creating a pathway for community engagement in precision medicine for minority communities. The goal of the Collaborative is to advance health equity in Minnesota through application of precision medicine technologies. Dr. Jacobson research focuses on pharmacogenomics of anticancer and immunosuppressive agents. 

Consuelo Wilkins

Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI, is a clinical investigator and engagement researcher who has pioneered methods of stakeholder engagement that involve community members and patients in all stages of biomedical and health research. She is the Executive Director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance and Associate Professor of Medicine at both Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Meharry Medical College. Additionally, she is an Associate Director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, where she leads programs in community engagement in the Meharry Clinical and Translation Research Center, the RCMI Program in Health Disparities Research at Meharry, and Mid-South Clinical Data Research Network. Dr. Wilkins is currently a Principal Investigator of the Precision Medicine and Health Disparities Collaborative (PMHDC), which focuses on decreasing disparities among African Americans and Latinos using precision medicine, and of the Vanderbilt Recruitment Innovation Center, a national center dedicated to enhancing recruitment and retention in clinical trials. She was recently named Director of the Engagement Core of the All of Us Research Program, in which she oversees initiatives that meaningfully engage research participants in the governance, oversight, implementation, and dissemination of All of UsBefore moving to Nashville, Dr. Wilkins was an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, with secondary appointments in Psychiatry and Surgery (Public Health Sciences) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She served as Founding Director of the Center for Community Health and Partnerships in the Institute for Public Health, Co-director of the Center for Community Engaged Research in the CTSA, and Co-founder of "Our Community, Our Health," a collaborative program with Saint Louis University to disseminate culturally relevant health information and facilitate community-academic partnerships to address health disparities.

Susan Wolf

Susan M. Wolf, JD, is McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy; Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law; and Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Prof. Wolf is Chair of the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Prof. Wolf's research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) as well as private foundations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Greenwall Foundation. She is currently a Principal Investigator on a project funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health, LawSeqSM: Building a Sound Legal Foundation for Translating Genomics into Clinical Application (1-R01-HG008605) and is a Co-PI of the Minnesota Precision Medicine Collaborative