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Minorities in Cancer Research Scientific Symposium

“Innovative molecular approaches and models to advance precision health equity” 

AACR Virtual Annual Meeting 2021

Date: April 9, 2021

Live Panel Discussion, April 14, 2021, 3:30-4:00 p.m.


  • Sarki A. Abdulkadir, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois 
  • Luis Carvajal-Carmona, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center School of Medicine, Davis, California 
  • Mariana C. Stern, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, California 

CME-Designated Session 

In this session, nationally recognized scientists and emerging investigators will provide an update on the existing resources and methods that are being developed and applied to help minority populations access the benefits of precision health prevention and treatment. Precision medicine and cancer health disparity research are fields that have traditionally worked in silos. Recent efforts have been made by molecular- and population-based investigators to work together in the emerging field of precision health equity. To this end, the National Cancer Institute has fostered new initiatives to advance precision health equity by funding genomic studies and precision medicine centers that characterize tumors and models from minority patients.


Luis Carvajal-Carmona, PhD, UC Davis, Davis, California 

Genomic data resources and models for cancer health disparity research

Tiffany Wallace, PhD, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland

Digital pathology applications in multiplex analysis and imaging

Kevin L. Gardner PhD Columbia University, New York, New York

Functional and pre-clinical studies in organoid models to advance our knowledge of gastric cancer biology and response to therapy

Nicole B. Coggins, PhD, UC Davis, Davis, California 

Development and application of minority patient-derived xenografts to develop new cancer therapies 

Nora M. Navone, MD, PhD, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

Live Panel Discussion, April 14, 2021, 3:30-4:00 p.m Channel 08

Moderators: Committee Co-Chairs

Closing Remarks 

Luis Carvajal-Carmona, PhD, UC Davis, Davis, California