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. 

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.

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Keynote Speakers Announced

Scientific Keynote

Otis Brawley photo in brown suit jacket

Otis W. Brawley, MD is an internationally-recognized expert in cancer prevention and control. 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

Worta McCaskill-Stevens portrait

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.


Call for Abstracts

Multidisciplinary researchers, community agencies and organizations are invited to submit abstracts for presentation at the 5th Annual Cancer Disparities Symposium. Abstracts will be divided into two tracks: Scientific Research and Community Programs.

Meritorious abstracts will be selected for pre-recorded presentations.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically by 5 pm ET on Friday, January 22, 2021.

View Call for Abstract Details


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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