HOBI researchers present breakout sessions at 2020 Provost’s Gathering on Jan. 10

HOBI researchers will present two breakout sessions at the UF Provost’s Annual Faculty Gathering on Jan. 10. The 2020 gathering focuses on how UF faculty, researchers, academic staff and graduate students can help to build trust in research.

HOBI assistant professor Dominick Lemas, Ph.D., and Callie F. Reeder, a resident in the College of Medicine’s department of obstetrics and gynecology, will present a breakout session titled “Recruitment of Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women for Clinical Research.”

“This session will showcase a lot of the department collaborations I have built to support my K01, including qualitative, clinical, online surveys and data science,” Lemas said. With K01 funding from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), Lemas is investigating how human milk and exclusive breastfeeding in the first year of a child’s life protects against childhood obesity. The NIDDK is part of the National Institutes of Health.

Another team that includes Eileen Handberg, Ph.D., ARNP, a professor in the department of cardiology, Janet Brishke, a research coordinator in the department of health outcomes and biomedical informatics, and Christy Evans, a citizen scientist, will present “Trusting the Process: Studying Citizen Scientist Game Film.”

Briskhe said the presentation will summarize the different elements of trust needed for successful researcher-citizen scientist relationships. The team will then offer case studies that highlight examples of these principles at play while also demonstrating the impact of the citizen scientist input on these studies.

“Most of the speakers at the gathering will be discussing how to develop trust between the researchers and members of the wider community. We are one of the few presentations to actually include a member of the community in the presentation,” Brishke said.

The HOBI breakout sessions are two of 14 scheduled for the 2020 Provost’s Faculty Gathering. This year’s event features guest presentations by experts from Science Friday, the Conversation and the Op-Ed Project, and featuring journalist and author Bina Venkataraman and Florida’s chief science officer Tom Frazer.

For more information, visit the 2020 Provost’s Faculty Gathering.