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The Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture


  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 … Continue reading

2019 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture


View the livestream of the lecture here. Join us in honoring the legacy of Mrs. Henrietta Lacks at the 10th Anniversary of the of the Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture. We are pleased to have Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NDDK), as our keynote speaker. The 2019 winners of both the Urban Health Institute’s Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award and the Henrietta Lacks Dunbar Health Sciences Scholarship will be announced. All are welcome. Free parking is available in the Washington Street Garage, located at 701 N. Washington Street, Baltimore 21205. Please view the … Continue reading

Register for the 2019 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture


View the recording of the lecture. Join us in honoring the legacy of Mrs. Henrietta Lacks, Saturday, October 5 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, in Turner Auditorium, 720 Rutland Ave, 21205. This year, we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture. We are pleased to have Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NDDK), as our keynote speaker. The 2019 winners of both the Urban Health Institute’s Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award and the Henrietta Lacks Dunbar Health Sciences Scholarship will be announced. All are welcome. Free parking is … Continue reading

NIH Launches New Resource Celebrating Henrietta Lacks and the Impact of Her Cells on Biomedical Research


NIH Office of Science Policy (OSP) released a new resource on its website that honors Henrietta Lacks and the impact HeLa cells have had on biomedical research over the past 65 years Thursday, June 13th, the NIH Office of Science Policy (OSP) released a new resource on its website that honors Henrietta Lacks and the impact HeLa cells have had on biomedical research over the past 65 years.  This resource is intended to provide an interactive experience where users can learn how vital HeLa cells have been in moving biomedical research forward. Features include: A timeline of significant research milestones … Continue reading

2018 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture Includes Surprise Announcement


New Research Building on East Baltimore Campus to Be Named for Henrietta Lacks   Article: Janet Anderson 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 five who sought treatment … 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

Henrietta Lacks High School Day


The Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Community Affairs and Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research hosted the first official Henrietta Lacks High School Day in March of 2014.   Video by Joshua Franzos   In our first year, in an effort to supplement classroom learning, we invited 350 Baltimore City high school students to Johns Hopkins in an effort to introduce real-life research initiatives, career paths, and discussions based around HeLa stem cells and biotechnology. We also offered an opportunity for students to further understand bioethics through history and today. We concluded with a panel-style Q&A featuring members of the … Continue reading

Video by Joshua Franzos

 

In our first year, in an effort to supplement classroom learning, we invited 350 Baltimore City high school students to Johns Hopkins in an effort to introduce real-life research initiatives, career paths, and discussions based around HeLa stem cells and biotechnology. We also offered an opportunity for students to further understand bioethics through history and today. We concluded with a panel-style Q&A featuring members of the Lacks family. The video below captures key aspects of our inaugural program.

 


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 … Continue reading

Community Collaboration Core | Community Engagement in Research


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, attend one of our events or become a research volunteer. Announcements Funding Opportunity: Apply for a Community Partnership and Collaboration Core Pilot Grant by May 2. Interested in Participating in a COVID-19 Clinical Trial? Learn about the Hopkins Opportunities for Participant Engagement (HOPE) Registry. Read the latest COVID-19 Research News. Our Programs Community Day at the Institutional Review Board Community Forum on Healthy AgingDay at the MarketHenrietta Lacks High School Day … 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