Many thanks to Dr. Amelie Ramirez, whose research and career I have admired since graduate school, her entire staff, and the NCI's Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, for making this workshop possible. Dr. Ramirez is an example of a mentor who may not have known the role she has played in my life: A role model whose very existence and research trajectory paved the way for my own.
A very special thanks to our instructor, Dr. Alan Kristal, whose direct, no-holds-barred style of feedback was exactly what I needed.
The week was intense, although we did manage to sneak out for two amazing dinners on the San Antonio Riverwalk! I returned exhausted but intellectually refreshed and recommitted to building a program of research that makes a difference. Peace and courage to all to keep up the good work!