Clinical Trials and the African American Community

African American woman and man talking to doctor

June 29, 2021 | 7-8:30 pm via Zoom

Join us for an important conversation to learn about clinical trials and how to participate in them. We will dispel the myths around clinical trials and discuss the history of how African Americans have been treated in the name of research in the past. We will also highlight why African American representation in clinical trials is so important for current patients and future generations. 

This panel presentation includes a dialogue with past clinical trials participants, Charles Modlin, MD, and Cynthia Owusu, MD of University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center.

This event is free and open to the public. 

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Charles Modlin, MD

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Dr. Modlin is a kidney transplant surgeon and urologist. He is the founder of Cleveland Clinic's Minority Men's Health Center and Health Fair. Dr. Modlin is a health equity advocate and has spent the past twenty years working to eliminate health disparities in the African American community. Most recently he served as the chair for the education and outreach subcommittee of the Minority Health Strike Task Force which was established by Governor Mike DeWine to address the disproportionate effect that Covid19 had on African Americans in Ohio.

Cynthia Owusu, MD

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Dr. Owusu is a renowned geriatric oncologist with University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and an associate professor with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and member of the Population and Cancer Prevention Program of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Owusu recently completed a five-year study titled Improve: A community-based exercise intervention to improve functional and health outcomes among older African-American and non-Hispanic White breast cancer survivors from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

Additional Panelists

Marilyn Burns, Community Member
Eileen Coan, Medical Librarian, The Gathering Place
Kimberlee Hunt, Clinical Research Navigator, Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center

Presented by the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center in partnership with: