Tag Archive: Community

2018 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture Includes Surprise Announcement


New Research Building on East Baltimore Campus to Be Named for Henrietta Lacks Images: Joshua Franzos By Janet Anderson on 10/07/2018 To cheers, applause and an enthusiastic standing ovation, Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels and Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, announced at the Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture on Oct. 6 that a new research building would be named for Henrietta Lacks. The announcement was the highlight at the ninth annual symposium the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) hosts to mark the legacy of the 31-year-old mother of … Continue reading

Partnerships


The ICTR understands the importance of working with the local community to share and disseminate clinical research findings. We strive to build and maintain relationships with those that have a common goal. This is a working list of current and potential Johns Hopkins University community partners in Baltimore City, inclusive of student, staff and faculty participation in programs or organizations. Internal Johns Hopkins University Community Partners AIDS Clinical Trials Group Network https://actgnetwork.org/site/johns-hopkins-university-crs AIDS Education and Training Center https://aidsetc.org/aetc-program/johns-hopkins-university Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center http://www.alzresearch.org/ Bayview Community Relations Office https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/johns_hopkins_bayview/community_services/community_relations/ Bayview List of Community Partners https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/johns_hopkins_bayview/community_services/services/ JH Black Faculty Staff Association (BFSA) … Continue reading

Kevin Sowers is Named President of the Johns Hopkins Health System and Executive Vice President of Johns Hopkins Medicine


Kevin W. Sowers, M.S.N., R.N., F.A.A.N., a distinguished clinician, educator and academic health care leader has been appointed president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, an $8 billion academic medical center and health system. He is the second person to hold this role. Sowers joins Johns Hopkins Medicine after 32 years with the Duke University Health System, where for the last eight years he has served as president and CEO of Duke University Hospital. The boards of trustees for Johns Hopkins Health System, Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine approved his … Continue reading

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. … 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

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 … 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

Community Involvement


We recognize the importance of engaging people who live, work and serve in the Greater Baltimore-Washington DC area. We welcome community members to join our Community Research Advisory Council, participate in Community Outreach, become a research volunteer or attend one of our community events.  

Events and Workshops for Researchers


To see event summaries from other related workshops, please visit our news feed. Advancing Research in the Digital Age February 27, 2018 This conference focused on building institutional knowledge around research consenting, recruiting and data collection in the informatics age. The goal is to help Johns Hopkins researchers learn what digital technologies are available and how to utilize these tools in human subject research. Agenda Webcast Presentations   Nuts & Bolts of Community Engagement in Research Workshop   December 1, 2017 This event was hosted by the ICTR in collaboration with the University of Maryland and Morgan State University.  A diverse … Continue reading

Research Participant Advocate


Research Participant Advocate The RPA serves 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. The Research Participant Advocacy Office provides 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. The RPA reviews applications to the Clinical Research Unit to assure high standards for Human … Continue reading