Category Archive: 2017 Community

Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture 2017 Photographs


Photographer: Joshua Franzos

8th Annual Lacks Lecture Spotlights Baltimore Health Disparities


 2017 Video Recording   Johns Hopkins epidemiologist Lisa Cooper’s research focuses on health inequalities in Baltimore, particularly as experienced by the city’s African-Americans. In her keynote address at the eighth Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture on October 7, Cooper illuminated the differences that African-Americans living in impoverished sections of the city experience when it comes to health. Cooper spoke to a nearly full Turner Auditorium on The Johns Hopkins Hospital campus at what has become an annual tradition. The lecture celebrates the life and contributions of Henrietta Lacks, whose proliferating cell samples have provided the foundation for many of the world’s most important biological research studies. […]

Henrietta Lacks


Henrietta Lacks was an African-American woman who underwent treatment for an aggressive form of cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951.  In addition to providing her with medical care, Henrietta’s doctor at Hopkins removed some of her cancerous cells to use in research without getting her written consent, which was a routine practice in medicine at the time. Despite receiving a high standard of medical treatment, Mrs. Lacks ultimately succumbed to this cancer at the young age of 31.  However, her extraordinary cells—called “HeLa” from the first two letters of her first and last names—continued to reproduce in the […]

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 […]

School Visits and Youth Symposium


The Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Community Affairs and Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research hosted the first official Henrietta Lacks Baltimore City Youth Symposium Monday, March 24, 2014. In an effort to supplement classroom learning, 350 Baltimore City high school students were invited to Johns Hopkins in an effort to introduce real-life research initiatives, career paths, and discussions based around HeLa stem cells and biotechnology.  The symposium also offered an opportunity for students to further understand bioethics through history and today.  The day concluded with a panel-style Q&A featuring members of the Lacks family. The video below captures key aspects […]

Video by Joshua Franzos

Background:

In the first half of 2012, well over 200 students and teachers from regional middle and high schools, through the course of several visits, came to the Johns Hopkins medical campus to further engage their students outside of the classroom after reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. During the visits, students were privileged to hear from Mrs.Lacks’ grandson, Ron Lacks, about the evolving relationship between Johns Hopkins and the Lacks family. Many labs volunteered to open their doors to invite students to see working stem cell labs, including viewing HeLa cells. Another core portion of the visits are bioethics discussions with members of our faculty. As a result of the popularity of the tours, we decided to host an annual symposium each Spring and invite students from surrounding high schools.

 

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Dunbar Health Sciences Scholarship


This scholarship was developed in 2011 to support a promising graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.   Located on Orleans Street in close proximity to the hospital, Dunbar has long been a vibrant part of the Hopkins community. This $40,000 scholarship ($10,000/year for up to 4 years) is awarded annually to a junior of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School who chooses to pursue a career in health or science. In addition to the financial assistance, the awardee is provided opportunities to explore medicine, including: shadowing a physician, access to the medical stimulation center, participating in college readiness activities and […]

Research Participant Advocate


Research Participant Advocates: Serve as a resource to volunteers. Contact us for an independent witness to the consent process, to serve on the volunteers behalf in the case of a misunderstanding between the volunteer and study team, or to provide information about research in general or a specific protocol. Provide consulting expertise on human subjects and regulatory issues, including IRB applications, the informed consent process, study feasibility and Good Clinical Practice (GCP). Contact us for quick expert help. Review applications to the Clinical Research Unit to assure high standards for Human Subjects Protections. Call us to review your consent form, […]

MyChart Recruitment Messages


Johns Hopkins Medicine is committed to supporting the discovery of new ways to improve the care and outcomes for patients. Patients throughout the Johns Hopkins Health System have access to a network of clinical research studies for many different conditions. In November 2016, the Johns Hopkins Research Participant Recruitment and Retention Program piloted a program to inform patients of research studies through automated MyChart Recruitment Messages. Our goal is to empower patients by connecting them with clinical research studies that may be of interest to them. In a recent survey, we assessed what patients think about MyChart research invitations; 90 […]

2016 Honoring Henrietta Lacks: Her Impact and Our Outreach


2016 Lecture Video 2016 Honoring Henrietta Lacks: Her Impact and Our Outreach Video Damon Tweety, MD & Redonda Miller, MD The annual Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture is one of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research’s many educational programs that focus on increasing awareness of her impact on biomedical research and society. “Students are the next generation of doctors, researchers and scientists, so to get them exposed to the story of Henrietta Lacks and see the mistakes that were made and how we are moving forward, the possibilities are endless,” says David Lacks, grandson of Henrietta Lacks. Watch […]

Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture 2015 Photographs


Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture 2016 Photographs


Photographer: Joshua Franzos