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Big Data, Precision Medicine, Research and Resilience in Southeast Indian Country Symposium

March 24, 2022 at 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM


Join leading Indigenous health leaders and scientists as they discuss the ethical use of Native genetic, microbiome, biological, and cultural data. A one-day virtual symposium featuring a renowned Indigenous keynote speaker, leading Native scientists and health experts, conversation with Tribal leaders, and a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) event for graduate, undergraduate and high school students. This is a Native designed program. Please support Indigenous research.

Can’t attend? Please register. We will  send you the symposium recording after the event!

Register here.

You’ll learn:

  • How a global movement toward data sovereignty is impacting health, science, ancient and ancestral social data and research
  • Ethical, political, and economic issues surrounding Indigenous genomic and cultural data collection and use
  • Best practices for community-engaged research
  • Best practices for working with Southeast tribal communities within a cultural and political context
  • Research needs and data sufficiency issues in Southeast Indian Country

Keynote Speaker:

Māui Hudson, BHSc, AIT, MHSc, AUT (Whakatōhea)
Associate Professor, Director, Te Kotahi Research Institute, University of Waikato, New Zealand


Amy Locklear Hertel, JD, MSW (Lumbee and Coharie)
Executive Vice Provost, UNC Chapel Hill

Joseph Yracheta, DrPH (Pūrepecha–Mexican Indigenous)
Executive Director, Native BioData Consortium

Jada Lynn Brooks, PhD, MSPH, RN, FAAN (Lumbee)
Associate Professor and Ross Distinguished Term Scholar of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, UNC Chapel Hill

Matthew Anderson, PhD (Eastern Cherokee descent)
Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Microbial Infection & Immunity, Principal Investigator, Anderson LabThe Ohio State University

Keolu Fox, PhD (Kanaka Maoli – Native Hawaiian)
Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Global Health Program, University of California San Diego

Debra Mathews, PhD, MA
Associate Professor, Department of Genetic Medicine, Assistant Director for Science Programs Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University

Danielle Hilraldo, PhD, MPA (Lumbee)
Tribal Outreach Specialist, Senior Researcher, University of Arizona



Welcome and offering 8:45 a.m. EST

Speakers then panel 9 a.m.–11:30 a.m. EST

Noon hour

STEAM Native student network
All welcome – no borders
12 p.m.–1 p.m. EST


KEYNOTE speaker 1:15 p.m.EST

Tribal conversation with regional health leaders 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. EST


Southeast Native American Health Data (SENAHD) in collaboration with the Native BioData Consortium, the first 501(c)(3) nonprofit research institute led by Indigenous scientists and tribal members in the United States.


The purpose of the SENAHD initiative is to bring information and programming to Southeast tribal communities, researchers, and health professionals about the ethical use of Indigenous genetic, microbiome, biological, and cultural data.

UNC-Chapel Hill partners: