Fall 2024 HRA Members Meeting

Tuesday, October 1 (all day) - Wednesday, October 2 (half day, ending by 12PM ET)

Additional Event Info: | Alexandria, VA and Online

Meeting Info

The Fall 2024 Health Research Alliance Members Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 1 – Wednesday, October 2 in Alexandria, VA, hosted at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) offices and sponsored by Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation, the Melanoma Research Alliance, Foundation Fighting Blindness, and BrightFocus Foundation. The meeting will also be streamed online. More details will be shared here as they are available!

HRA will NOT be reserving a room block. Attendees are encouraged to reserve hotel rooms early, particularly as the Members Meeting is about a month before the 2024 election, which is a busy time for hotel reservations in the DC area. Below are some hotels near the meeting venue:

Fall 2024 Members Meeting Session Topics (formal agenda to come)

AI in Grant Application and Management: Strategies, Risks and Considerations

Artificial intelligence tools are becoming widespread and more robust across various disciplines. This session will focus on the promises and perils of AI for funders to integrate AI for efficient grant making process. What funder workstreams could be made easier, faster, or more insightful with artificial intelligence? What are the concerns around privacy, biases, or truth that should be considered? This session will introduce a range of ways in which funders are using or considering artificial intelligence in the grant application process.

Generative AI for Tracking and Communicating Research Impact

The recent emergence of generative AI has many in the non-profit sector scrambling to keep up. This is especially true in terms of leveraging AI to measure, track and communicate the impact that research grant funding and its outcomes have on science and society. In this session, we will hear use cases and best practices on how AI can be used to capture, evaluate and communicate research impact to donors and stakeholders.

How do Foundations Successfully Implement or Manage DEI Grant Programs in Light of Anti-DEI Legislation?

In light of the recent Supreme Court decision on Affirmative Action, and other state anti-DEI  legislation, foundations are at a crossroads when it comes to managing DEI grant programs. This session will explore how Foundations can remain compliant with current legislation while offering grant programs that institutions can accept that continue to advance DEI related efforts.

Partnerships: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Partnerships can be so much more than cofunding a research program. From partnering with venture capital firms, to engaging with governmental agencies to further advocacy agendas, to collaborating on technology initiatives, diversity in partnership is beneficial to furthering the goals of HRA member organizations.

This session will explore how HRA member organizations can partner with nonacademic institutions to further shared goals in biomedical research.

HRA members and their partners will provide dual perspectives and real-life examples on the successes and challenges of the partnership and provide take home lessons for attendees interested in pursuing similar partnerships.

Professional Development Workshop

Topic to be announced

Thank you to the Program Committee for organizing the Members Meeting program:

Mandy Westland, HRA Members Meeting Intern
Kevin Sia, Doris Duke Foundation (co-chair)
Megan Allen, Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation (co-chair)
Lindsay Redman-Rivera, Health Resources in Action (co-chair)
Stephanie Albin, The Kavli Foundation
Kavita Bhalla, Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation
Jennifer Brummet, CurePSP
Kristen Cincotta, American Cancer Society
Jacquelyn Crutchley, AACR
Kiley Goldstein, ALS Association
MacKenzie Hinson, The V Foundation for Cancer Research
Elise Hoover, PKD Foundation (former)
Paige Humble, Lung Cancer Initiative
David Leyden, Simons Foundation
Nicole Litwin, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
Victoria McGovern, Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Michelle McLeod, Arthritis Foundation
Julia Miglets-Nelson, American Brain Foundation
Jennifer Mortensen, American Heart Association
Emily Myers, Alzheimer’s Association
LeighAnne Olsen, Robertson Foundation
Caroline Smith, The V Foundation for Cancer Research