2023 CHRCDA K12 Annual Meeting

​​​​​​​​CHRCDA Scholars and yo​ung MD-Scientists will share ideas, discuss the latest research findings, and explore opportunities for collaboration.

When and ​​​​​​Where

October 25-26, 2023

Scripps Seaside Forum | Scripps Institute of Oceanography
8622 Kennel Way, San Diego CA 92037

Draft Agenda*

For those attendees arriving in the afternoon on Tuesday, October 24. Please join us for an optional meet and greet to be held at 6:00 PM. ​

​Day 1 - Wed. October 25

Shuttle services run from 6:30 - 8:30 AM

7:00 - 8:00 AM | Scholars Poster Set-Up
8:30 AM | Breakfast
9:30 AM | Opening and welcome remarks
12:30 PM | Lunch (Concurrent: CHRV Program Business Meeting - by invite only)
2:00 PM | Keynote presentation
6:15​ PM | Adjournment
Shuttle services run from 6:00 - 7:00 PM
6:45 PM | Green Acre Dinner
Rideshare services will be provided after dinner concludes

​Day 2 - Thurs. October 26

Shuttle services run from 6:30 - 8:30 AM

8:00 AM | Breakfast
9:00 AM | Opening remarks and keynote presentation
12:30 PM | Adjournment

Lunch will be available on-site and grab+go option for those departing for San Diego International Airport

*Participants will receive a final agenda upon arrival.

Featured Keynote Presentations:

Beronda Montgomery, PhD, Professor and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Grinnell College. Her scholarly efforts focus on how photosynthetic organisms, plants and bacteria, adapt to changes in their external light environment. Her scholarship extends beyond biology and into studying mentorship and faculty development to develop evidence-based strategies to foster equity and inclusion across higher education. She is also a writer (author of "Lesson from Plants" published in 2021 by Harvard University Press) and science communicator.​

Rob Knight, PhD​, Professor of Pediatrics and Computer Science and Engineering, UCSD, and founding Director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Microbiology. He was recently honored with the 2019 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award for his microbiome research and received the 2017 Massry Prize, often considered a predictor of the Nobel. In 2015 he received the Vilceck Prize in Creative Promise for the Life Sciences. He is author of “Follow Your Gut: The Enormous Impact of Tiny Microbes” (Simon & Schuster, 2015), co-author of “Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System"(St. Martin’s Press, 2017), and spoke at TED in 2014. His lab has produced many of the software tools and laboratory techniques that enabled high-throughput microbiome science, including the QIIME pipeline (cited over 17,000 times as of this writing) and UniFrac (cited over 7,000 times including its web interface). He is co-founder of the Earth Microbiome Project, the American Gut Project, and the company Biota, Inc., which uses DNA from microbes in the subsurface to guide oilfield decisions. His work has linked microbes to a range of health conditions including obesity and inflammatory bowel disease, has enhanced our understanding of microbes in environments ranging from the oceans to the tundra, and made high-throughput sequencing techniques accessible to thousands of researchers around the world.


The conference fee is $450 and covers the costs of materials and food provided. Registration should be completed by September 18 through Eventbrite.


Book your hotel room conveniently through the provided​ link​ to enjoy exclusive rates at Estancia - La Jolla by September 29. Reservations can also be made by calling the property directly at (858) 964-6563 or (855) 430-7503 and mentioning “2023 CHRC Annual Meeting (K-12). 


Registration: Gary Lyasch - glyasch@ucsd.edu or 858-822-4740 (office)​
Conference: Jennifer Azares - jazares@health.ucsd.edu or 858-226-7019 (mobile)

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