The Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture


The Johns Hopkins ICTR is privileged to be the establishing sponsor of the Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture Series. The goal of the series is to honor Henrietta Lacks and the positive global impact of HeLa cells. This series will also serve as an annual reminder of the gratitude, respect, and clear communication due to all research participants.

Keeping biomedical research connected to the people it is intended to serve is an ongoing process rooted in the open exchange of ideas among all stakeholders. To facilitate this process, speakers for the Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture Series are selected for their ability to communicate the current ethical complexities and challenges facing biomedical research in a way that is engaging and accessible to scientists, health care providers, and members of the lay community alike.

By coming together each year to remember the woman behind this lifesaving, world-changing development in biomedical science, the Johns Hopkins research community will never again forget that HeLa stands for Henrietta Lacks.

The Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture will always be free and open to the public.


Click the links below to learn more:

  • Henrietta Lacks
  • School Visits and Youth Symposium
  • Dunbar Health Sciences Scholarship
  • 2016 Honoring Henrietta Lacks: Her Impact and Our Outreach
  • 2015 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture
  • 2014 Marks the Fifth Annual Henrietta Lacks Lecture at Johns Hopkins
  • 2013 Lecture Honors Henrietta Lacks’ Legacy
  • A New Chapter in the Legacy of Henrietta Lacks 2012
  • 2011 Johns Hopkins Honors the 60th Anniversary of HeLa
  • Family Recognition, Community Awards, and Author Highlight Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture 2010