Cancer Disparities Symposium

Collage of attendees at the 4th Annual Cancer Disparities Symposium in 2020

Navigating Cancer Disparities: Lessons Learned and How to Move Forward

March 4-5, 2021 | Virtual 

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Office of Community Outreach and Engagement is pleased to present the 5th Annual Cancer Disparities Symposium, "Navigating Cancer Disparities: Lessons Learned and How to Move Forward." 

This multi-disciplinary event will appeal to researchers, clinicians, health professionals, community outreach groups, community-based organizations, patient advocates and trainees. Keynote presentations will be delivered by renowned disparities researchers and community leaders, and a poster session highlighting academic research and community programs will provide a showcase of the depth and breadth of work happening in this field. 

Session topics include: 

  • COVID-19 and cancer disparities
  • Improving the participation of minority and underserved populations in cancer clinical trials
  • Interplay of biology and social determinants of cancer disparities
  • The many pains of cancer: physical, emotional and financial

Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an in-depth discussion of the book Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care by Dayna Bowen Matthew. 

Though this event is happening virtually, attendees will experience the conference using Whova, our official web-based conference app, to view presentations and ask questions in real-time as well as network with others behind the scenes. Attendees are also eligible to receive eight (8) continuing research education credits (CRECs).

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Keynote Speakers Announced

Scientific Keynote

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Otis W. Brawley, MD, an internationally-recognized expert in cancer prevention and control, will deliver the scientific keynote address, "Cancer Control and Health Disparities in the 21st Century." His work is focused on closing racial, economic and social disparities in prevention, detection and treatment of cancer in the United States and worldwide. Dr. Brawley is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University, and leads a broad interdisciplinary research effort on cancer health disparities at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Kimmel Cancer Center. 

Community Keynote

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Worta McCaskill-Stevens, MD, MS is a nationally known medical oncologist with expertise in bringing clinical trials to the community. Dr. McCaskill-Stevens is Chief of the Community Oncology and Prevention Trials Research Group, which houses the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), a community-based clinical trials network launched in 2014. As NCORP Director, she oversees the program supporting community hospitals, physicians and others to participate in NCI-approved cancer treatment, prevention, screening, and control clinical trials, as well as cancer care delivery studies.

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Virtual Web-Based Experience

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Attendees will experience the symposium using Whova, our official web-based conference app, to view presentations and ask questions during panel discussions, and to easily network and connect behind the scenes. Registered attendees will be sent email invitations and instructions to access the virtual conference at least a week before the symposium. Attendees registered after February 25 will receive conference access information the business day following their registration, or within an hour of registration day-of event.

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Become a Sponsor or Exhibitor 

As a symposium sponsor or exhibitor, your company or organization will have the opportunity to connect with symposium attendees, build new relationships and highlight the resources you have available. 

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