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Event is August 11th & 12th, 2016

 

August 10, 2016
 

CELLS Seeking Justice The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Precision Medicine, Bioethics and the Achievement of Health Equity, August 11th& 12th

Hosted by:
The Urban Health Institute & Physician Assistant Program
of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
&
King/Drew Medical Magnet High School of Medicine and Science

 
WHAT: CELLS (Community Engaged in Learning Life Sciences) Seeking Justice at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) is a unique 2-day workshop that will introduce the CDU campus and surrounding community to the woman behind HeLa cells, the children who survived her, and will examine the intersection of race, poverty, and scientific ethics in one of the most important medical discoveries.

WHO

Rebecca Skloot is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Skloot’s debut book took more than a decade to research and write but instantly hit the New York Times best-seller list, where it has remained for more than four years since its publication.

The Lacks Family
The Lacks family has enthralled university and library audiences across the country talking about their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Henrietta Lacks, and her important contribution to science. The family's speaking engagements have put a personal face on important issues such as the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over "informed consent."

WHEN Thursday, August 11th and Friday, August 12th, 2016

WHERE Thursday’s location: King/Drew High School Lecture Hall, King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science, 1601 E. 120th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90059

Friday’s location: Keck Auditorium, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. 1731 E. 120th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90059

BACKGROUND: In March of 2015, President Obama announced the Precision Medicine Initiative, an effort that seeks to tailor treatment based on genes, lifestyle and environment. The launching of this initiative has elevated discussion on patient empowerment, epigenetics and bioethics.  The 1st annual Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) CELLS (Community Engaged in Learning Life Sciences) seeking Justice is a unique workshop that provides an opportunity for CDU and King Drew High School students to learn about and understand genomics, health disparities, and the ethics of personalized medicine as revealed by the remarkable story of Henrietta Lacks and insightful breakout sessions that will integrate academia, clinicians, community and policy.  

The workshop will include an engaging exploration of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Precision Medicine, Bioethics and the Achievement of Health Equity," featuring bestselling author Rebecca Skloot, along with the Lacks Family and CDU Researchers and Faculty. Skloot and the Lacks Family will introduce the CDU campus and surrounding community to the woman behind HeLa cells, the children who survived her, and will examine the intersection of race, poverty, and scientific ethics in one of the most important medical discoveries. Day 1 (8/11) is open to the CDU & King/Drew High School community along with community members and community organizations. Day 1, will include presentation and book signing by bestselling author Rebecca Skloot, along with the Lacks Family. Day 2 (8/12) is for CDU Students & High School students to engage in workshops on Precision Medicine, Bioethics and the Achievement of Health Equity by CDU Researchers and Faculty members. 

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Contact:
Katayoun Moini, MHS, PA-C, RD, CNSC
Director PA Program & Asst. Professor
Phone: (323) 563-5882|
Cell (562) 208-1604
or
Isidra Person-Lynn
CDU Communications Specialist
Phone: (323) 563-5833
Cell (213) 422-8707
isidrapersonlynn@cdrewu.edu  

 

 
 

About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 575 medical doctors, 2,700 post-graduate physicians, more than 1,200 physician assistants, 615 nurses and hundreds of other health professionals. CDU is a private non-profit student centered University that is committed to cultivating diverse health professional leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations through outstanding education, research, clinical service, and community engagement. For more information, visit http://www.cdrewu.edu/, and follow CDU on FacebookTwitter (@cdrewu), and Instagram (@charlesrdrewu).

 
 

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