The Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference

The Gant Conference Center Aspen, Colorado


The intensive 2-week program will integrate comprehensive formal instruction on:

  • Multiple omics platforms: (proteomics, populomics, genomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics) and bioinformatics, with an emphasis on ethical use of data sciences, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.
  • Bias in/bias out: how coded bias affects AI and machine learning in the output of cardiovascular and pulmonary disease data and increases health disparities.
  • Career development tools including grant writing focusing on drafting a specific aims page using rhetorical patterns of writing, how to negotiate, how to mentor/be mentored and other tools for junior faculty.
  • An additional level of engagement distinct from the mentor-mentee relationship.  With the recognition that minority scientists experience isolation and implicit bias, a sense of “otherness” that few mentors have experienced, we will implement 2 levels of academic advisement, the traditional mentor-mentee, followed by an academic coach who complements and enhances the mentors’ role.  Culturally competent coaches will help scholars navigate the intricacies of academia, using group activities such as communities of practice and cultural capital.
  • Best practices in mentoring and training in cultural competence and implicit bias to mentors so they can understand the challenges under-represented scholars face.

AGOLD Training Timeline

  • 2 consecutive summer academies in CO
  1. Academy 1 runs from August 12-23, 2024 (week 1 in-person, week 2 remote)
  2. Academy 2 runs from August 18-22, 2025 (remote)
  • June 3-day meeting in Aspen, CO at the annual Aspen Lung Conference
  • Annual meeting in Washington, DC
  • All expenses paid
  • Apply for pilot money to generate preliminary data to expand your funding portfolio
  • Year-round mentoring and coaching to address issues like bias and harassment and other topics not typically discussed with mentors


This is a program supported by NHLBI and hosted on campus but not a University program.

Pulmonary Sciences (SOM)

CU Anschutz

Research Complex II

12700 East 19th Avenue


Aurora, CO 80045


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