Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers:

Amanda Wilson - Head, National Network Coordinating Office

Amanda J. Wilson was appointed Head, National Network Coordinating Office (NNCO), in January 2017. NNCO coordinates the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), the field force for the National Library of Medicine. The mission of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by: 1) providing all U.S. health professionals equal access to biomedical information and, 2) improving the public’s access to information, enabling them to make informed decisions about their health and healthcare. One of the major accomplishments of Wilson’s tenure at NNCO is the establishment of a new partnership between NLM and the NIH All of Us(link is external) Research Program. The purpose of the partnership is improving consumer access to high quality health information in communities throughout the U.S., specifically, by working with public libraries.

From Dec 2006-Jan 2017, Wilson served as Director, National Transportation Library (NTL(link is external)), an all-digital library. At NTL, she focused on building collections, data curation, increasing awareness of NTL collections and services, and coordinating the national network of transportation libraries. Prior to NTL, Wilson served as Assistant Professor and Metadata Librarian at The Ohio State University Libraries. From 2016-2018, she served as Chair of CENDI(link is external), the federal scientific and technical information (STI) managers group. Wilson is also an adjunct professor at The Catholic University of America Department of Library and Information Science.


Debra Duran - Director, Office of Science Policy, Strategic Planning, Assessment, Reporting & DATA

Dr. Deborah Duran is the director of NIMHD’s Office of Science Policy, Strategic Planning, Analysis, Reporting, and Data (OSPARD). She has 20 years of experience in organizational strategic planning, system assessments, science policy, measures, metrics, data management, performance monitoring, and reporting. Dr. Duran leads two branches within OSPARD: Science Planning, Policy, and Reporting; and Data, Assessments, Resources, and Evaluation. OSPARD serves NIMHD planning, assessment, analysis, and reporting needs and coordinates trans-NIH minority health and health disparities planning and reporting requirements. Dr. Duran hopes to help NIMHD become the centralized source of minority health and health disparities biomedical data, policies, and scientific advances.

Dr. Duran has spent much of her NIH career serving as performance director in the NIH Office of the Director, handling a wide range of responsibilities, including program performance monitoring, budget performance integration, organization performance assessments, and strategic planning. She designed a centralized online reporting system, currently used by NIH and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to assist in the collection, analysis, and communication of organization performance information.

Dr. Duran trained in social psychology and virus research, statistics, evaluation, counseling, and computer science. She has experience as an educator, principal investigator, advocate, researcher, consultant, and counselor. Her areas of interest include system science, population health, Hispanic health, behavior research, cancer, coping, end-of-life care, palliative care, data systems, data management, and training minority youth.

Dr. Duran has a Ph.D. in social psychology with a minor in research methodologies and statistics. In 2000 and in 2004, Dr. Duran earned the HHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service.