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South Carolina Health Initiative: A Conversation on the Impact of Obesity!

Presenting Sponsor: Lilly

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Hear from industry experts on obesity’s impact on South Carolina’s workforce and the economy. Panelists will discuss actionable steps to prevent obesity and modernize approaches to improve patient outcomes.

Program Agenda:

8:30-9:00 Registration and networking (coffee and light breakfast served)

9:00-9:05 Welcome – James Chappell, Ph.D., SCbio President and CEO

9:05-9:20 A Patient Perspective: Jordan’s Story

9:20-9:35 Obesity and its Impact on Health
Harsha Karanchi, MD, MUSC

9:35-9:50 Preventing Obesity
Sara Wilcox, Ph.D., Director of Prevention Research Center, USC
Ron Gimbel, Ph.D., Director of Clemson Rural Health
Harsha Karanchi, MD, MUSC
Lori Phillips, Director of Nutrition, Physical Activity, & Obesity Prevention, DHEC

9:50-10:10 Economic Impact of Obesity in South Carolina
Tim Dall, Executive Director, Global Data

10:10-10:30 Modernizing Approaches to Improve Patient Outcomes
James Chappell, Ph.D., SCbio President and CEO
Liliana Gehring, DrPH, MBA, Assistant Vice President of Precision Medicine, Clemson University
Jason Cross, Ph.D., JD, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder, Rymedi

10:30-11:15 Actionable Steps to Reduce Obesity in South Carolina
Sara Wilcox, Ph.D., Director of Prevention, USC Arnold School of Public Health
John Scott, MD, Prisma Health
Ron Gimbel, Ph.D., Director of Clemson Rural Health
Susan L. Johnson, Ph.D., Director of Health Promotion, MUSC

11:15-11:20 Closing Remarks

11:30-12:00 Networking and light lunch served (can be eaten there or taken offsite)

Tamia Sumpter

Tamia is a driven senior undergraduate Bioengineering student currently enrolled at Clemson University. With a strong foundation in her field, she has honed her skills through hands-on experience in research and development at Eli Lilly & Company. During her time in the ADME department, Tamia contributed significantly by working on siRNAs and their applications in finding In Vitro-In Vivo Correlation (IVIVC). Looking ahead, Tamia has set her sights on a promising career in law. She aspires to specialize in Intellectual Property Law, with a particular focus on serving as in-house counsel for leading medical device or pharmaceutical companies. Her enthusiasm for this role is palpable as she prepares to embark on her legal journey! She is also a proud member of the Omicron Phi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., PEER Mentor for Clemson PEER/WiSE, and currently serves as the President of Clemson Bioengineering Organization (CBO). With her unique blend of scientific knowledge and legal interests, Tamia is poised to make a meaningful impact in the healthcare and life sciences industries.