AACR-MICR Distinguished Lectureship Series

The Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR) Council's AACR Distinguished Lectureship Series (DLS) brings together leading researchers who present the latest developments in cancer research to students and faculty at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). These lectures are intended to inspire young minority students and educators at MSIs to pursue cancer research.

Upcoming Distinguished Lectureship Series Sessions:

Minorities in Cancer Research Distinguished Lectureship Series: “From Bench to Community:  Driving Innovative Cancer Research to Patient Care and Health Equity”
Friday, April 13, 2018
3:30 -6 p.m.
University of Illinois Cancer Center East - Cardinal Room
Chicago, Illinois

This session, held in partnership with the University of Illinois Cancer Center, will explore how cancer disparities and inequities continue to impact underserved, vulnerable, and minority populations at disproportionate rates. This symposium will highlight innovative research that targets health disparities and inequities at the individual, healthcare, community, and policy levels. Integral to cancer health disparities research are the lived experiences of those impacted by cancer. This symposium offers the opportunity for faculty, students and community members to engage in bidirectional conversations to increase awareness and understanding of how cancer research impacts our communities and the lives of those served, to link faces and stories to cancer data, and to fortify the bridge between bench research and implementation and dissemination science. We invite all members of the Chicago community to take part in this momentous event. 
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Past Distinguished Lectureship Series Sessions:

Issues in Cancer Disparities:  Moving Towards A Solution

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Howard University Hospital
Washington, D.C.

Host: Carla D. Williams, PhD, Howard University Cancer Center, Washington, D.C. ​

  • Barriers to Clinical Trials
    Jonca Bull, MD, FDA, Oncology Center for Excellence, Silver Spring, Maryland, and
    Lola Fashoyin-Aje, MD, FDA, Oncology Center for Excellence, Silver Spring, Maryland

  • The Landscape of Tobacco Disparities
    Enid R. Neptune, MD, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Changing the Landscape of Prostate Cancer
    Clayton C. Yates, PhD, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama

  • Multilevel Determinants of Disparities in Colon Cancer Screening
    Hassan Ashktorab, PhD, Howard Univ., Washington, D.C.​

  • Panel Discussion
    Rick A. Kittles, PhD, University of Arizona Cancer Center, Tucson, Arizona, and
    Beverly D. Lyn-Cook, PhD, FDA-NCTR, Jefferson, Arizona

Disparities in Prostate Cancer:  From Outcomes to Biomarkers

Monday, November 16, 2015
Clark Atlanta University
Atlanta, Georgia

Host: Shafiq A. Khan, PhD, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Bekir Cinar, PhD, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Cimona Hinton, PhD, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Rick A. Kittles, PhD, University of Arizona Cancer Center, Tucson, Arizona
  • Doratha Armenthus Byrd, MPH, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Disparities in HPV and HPV-associated Cancers

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
University of Texas Health Sciences Center
San Antonio, Texas

Host: Amelie Ramirez, DrPH , University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio

  • Approaches to Educating Low-SES Latinas about HPV and Cervical Cancer Screening
    Beti Thompson, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington

  • HPV Genotypes, Cervical Carcinogenesis, and Racial/Ethnic Disparities
    Adriana C. Vidal, PhD, Duke Univ. School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina

  • Provider Recommendation of HPV Vaccination for Adolescent Males: A Widening Health Disparity
    Susan T. Vadaparampil, PhD, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida

  • Disparities in HPV-Associated Cancers
    Anil K. Chaturvedi, PhD, National Cancer Institute, Rockville, Maryland

Cancer Health Disparities: Genomics and Prevention

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
San Diego State University
San Diego, California

  • Multilevel Genomic Models of Cancer Disparities
    Timothy R. Rebbeck, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Epidemiological and Genomic Studies of Breast Cancer in Hispanic/Latina Women
    Elena Martinez, PhD, MPH, University of California San Diego Moores Cancer Center, La Jolla, California

  • Racial Disparities and Genetics of Prostate Cancer
    Michael Blaise Cook, PhD, NCI-Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, Bethesda, Maryland

Common Organ-Specific Cancer Disparities in Minority Populations

Monday, December 9, 2013
Morehouse School of Medicine
National Center for Primary Care
Atlanta, Georgia

  • Health Disparities in Ovarian Cancer
    Victoria L. Seewaldt, MD, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina

  • Molecular Health Disparities in Colon Cancer among African-Americans
    John M. Carethers, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Pancreatic Cancer and Drug Treatment: The Role of Drug Transporters
    Beverly D. Lyn-Cook, PhD

Interaction of Obesity and Breast Cancer

Friday, September 7, 2012
Meharry Medical College
Nashville, Tennessee

  • Obesity, Metabolism and Breast Cancer:  A Mechanistic Perspective
    Stephen D. Hursting, PhD, MPH, University of Texas Austin, Austin, Texas

  • Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Breast Cancer Disparities
    Lucile L. Adams-Campbell, PhD, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Washington, D.C.

  • Race, Cellular Metabolism, and Epigenetic Reprogramming in Breast Cancer: Is There a Molecular Connection?
    Kevin Gardner, MD, PhD, NCI-Center for Cancer Research, Bethesda, Maryland

Colon Cancer Health Disparities in Minority Populations

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Howard University College of Medicine
Washington, D.C.

  • Chicago Colorectal Cancer Consortium: A Step Forward in the Study of Colorectal Cancer Disparities
    Xavier Llor, MD, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

  • The Interplay of Genes and Environment in Cancer Disparities
    Rick A. Kittles, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

  • Optimizing Survivorship and Surveillance after Treatment for Colorectal Cancer
    Marvella E. Ford, PhD, Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center, Charleston, South Carolina

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