Register for the Cancer Disparities Symposium

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Office of Community Outreach and Engagement will host the fifth annual Cancer Disparities Symposium, “Navigating Cancer Disparities: Lessons Learned and How to Move Forward.” The symposium will be held virtually on Thursday, March 4, noon.–5:45 p.m. and Friday, March 5, 8:15 a.m–4:30 p.m.

This multidisciplinary 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. A poster session highlighting academic research and community programs will showcase the depth and breadth of work happening in this field.

Otis W. Brawley, MD, an internationally recognized expert in cancer prevention and control, will present the symposium's Scientific Keynote. His work is focused on closing racial, economic and social disparities in prevention, detection and treatment of cancer in the United States and worldwide.

Worta McCaskill-Stevens, MD, a medical oncologist nationally known for her expertise in bringing clinical trials to the community, will present the Community Keynote. McCaskill-Stevens is chief of the Community Oncology and Prevention Trials Research Group, which houses the National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program, a community-based clinical trials network launched in 2014.

Though the symposium is happening virtually, attendees will experience the conference using Whova, a web-based conference app, to view presentations and ask questions in real time, as well as network with others behind the scenes.

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

Attendees also 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.

Attendees can receive eight continuing research education credits. Students who submitted an abstract for presentation are eligible to have the $25 registration fee waived. Get more details and secure your access to the virtual event.