The Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) Curtis L. Parker Student Research Symposium is an annual event showcasing research led by MSM residents, medical and graduate students, undergraduate students in the Atlanta University Center, as well as colleges and universities across the state of Georgia. Each year, a keynote address is presented by world-renowned researchers and other leaders in science. The event honors the late Dr. Curtis L. Parker who joined Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in 1983 as Associate Professor of Anatomy and rose to the rank of Professor in 1985. His legacy is that of an outstanding biomedical research scientist and a primary facilitator in providing opportunities for aspiring research students to interact with scientists of national and international acclaim. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Christopher P. Austin, M.D., director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), who will be presenting, “Catalyzing Translation Innovation”. Dr. Austin leads the NCATS's work to improve the translation of observations in the laboratory, clinic and community into interventions that reach and benefit patients — from diagnostics and therapeutics to medical procedures and behavioral changes.