Category Archive: Child of Henrietta Lacks

2017 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture


  *REGISTRATION FORM*   The Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) invites you to attend the Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture on Saturday, October 7, 2017, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm in Turner Auditorium on the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore (Medical) Campus. Continental breakfast and check-in begin at 8:00 am. The keynote speaker is Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH, FACP, the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity, a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, and a James F. Fries Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

School Visits and Youth Symposium


In the first half of 2012, over 200 students and teachers from regional middle and high schools were invited to the Johns Hopkins medical campus to further engage students outside of the classroom after reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Students were privileged to hear from Mrs.Lacks’ grandson, Ron Lacks, about the evolving relationship between Johns Hopkins and the Lacks family.  Many labs even opened their doors to invite students to see working stem cell labs, including viewing HeLa cells.  Another core portion of the visit to Johns Hopkins for students is a bioethics discussion. On Monday, March 24, … Continue reading

In the first half of 2012, over 200 students and teachers from regional middle and high schools were invited to the Johns Hopkins medical campus to further engage students outside of the classroom after reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Students were privileged to hear from Mrs.Lacks’ grandson, Ron Lacks, about the evolving relationship between Johns Hopkins and the Lacks family.  Many labs even opened their doors to invite students to see working stem cell labs, including viewing HeLa cells.  Another core portion of the visit to Johns Hopkins for students is a bioethics discussion.

On Monday, March 24, 2014, Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Community Affairs and Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research hosted the 2014 Henrietta Lacks Baltimore City Youth Symposium. In an effort to supplement classroom learning, the symposium invited 350 Baltimore City high school students to Johns Hopkins in an effort to introduce real-life research initiatives, career paths, and discussion 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 above was filmed on that day and captures key aspects of the program.

 

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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 be … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

2015 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture


2015 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture Video    The Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) invites you to attend the Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture on Saturday, October 10, 2015, in Turner Auditorium on the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore (Medical) Campus. The keynote speaker is Dr. Ruha Benjamin, assistant professor, Princeton University and author of People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier.  Special guest presenters include Dr. and Mrs. Roland Pattillo, Morehouse College; Dr. John Joseph Strouse, assistant professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; and members of the Lacks family. Copies of Dr. Benjamin’s book will … Continue reading

2014 Marks the Fifth Annual Henrietta Lacks Lecture at Johns Hopkins


2014 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture Video (due to technical difficulties, the program begins at the 56:45 time mark) The Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research hosted the fifth annual Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture Saturday, honoring the memory of the woman whose cells have led to countless research breakthroughs since her death 63 years ago. Dorothy Roberts, author of Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century, delivered the event’s keynote address. Roberts, a University of Pennsylvania professor of Law, Africana Studies and Sociology, cited Lacks’ case to address the topic of justice … Continue reading

2013 Lecture Honors Henrietta Lacks’ Legacy


2013 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture Video Gary Gibbons, M.D., director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, delivered the keynote address at Saturday’s Fourth Annual Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Gibbons spoke to nearly 1,000 attendees about the importance of community involvement in scientific and medical research. A young mother of five from eastern Baltimore County, Henrietta Lacks died in 1951 of an aggressive cancer, despite radiation treatment at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The small tissue sample taken from Mrs. Lacks yielded cells … Continue reading

A New Chapter in the Legacy of Henrietta Lacks 2012


2012 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture Video More than 500 community members and Johns Hopkins employees gathered with members of the Henrietta Lacks family to honor a woman whose contributions continue to further science more than 60 years after her death. The Third Annual Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture, featured a lecture by science journalist and author David Ewing Duncan, presentations from Johns Hopkins leadership and the awarding of a new educational scholarship named after Mrs. Lacks. The half-day event, which, concluded with a lunch reception and book signing, was held October 6th in Turner Auditorium. Keynote speaker David Ewing Duncan gave … Continue reading

2011 Johns Hopkins Honors the 60th Anniversary of HeLa


2011 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture Video On October 1, 2011, the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research sponsored and produced the second annual Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture in Turner Auditorium on the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore (Medical) campus. Several hundred attendees, including numerous members of the Lacks family, came together to mark the occasion and to honor the 60th anniversary of HeLa cells. The morning session featured the announcement of the first recipient of the Urban Health Institute’s Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award. This $15,000 award, previously known as the Henrietta Lacks Award for Community-University Collaboration, was given to Newborn … Continue reading

Family Recognition, Community Awards, and Author Highlight Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture 2010


The Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) was honored to sponsor the first annual Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture on Saturday, October 2, 2010. More than 20 members of the Lacks family were warmly welcomed and recognized by the approximately 600 attendees gathered in Turner Auditorium. The occasion marked the inauguration of the Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture Series, which was announced by Daniel E. Ford, MD, MPH, ICTR director and vice dean of clinical investigation at Hopkins. Also announced were the Henrietta Lacks East Baltimore Health Sciences Scholarship, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Health System, which provides up … Continue reading