Honoring Henrietta Lacks

Published in Dome - October 2015

Ruha Benjamin, author of People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier, will deliver the annual Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture on Saturday, Oct. 10, in Turner Auditorium on the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Campus.

The free event, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

In addition to Benjamin, who is an assistant professor at Princeton University, speakers include Dr. and Mrs. Roland Pattillo, Morehouse College; John Joseph Strouse, assistant professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; and members of the Lacks family.

The 2015 winners of the Henrietta Lacks Dunbar Health Sciences Scholarship and the Urban Health Institute’s Henrietta Lacks Memorial Community Award will be announced.

The annual event seeks to describe the reach and complexity—biomedically and ethically—of the story of Henrietta Lacks and HeLa cells. It honors her contribution to research, and provides insight into important issues surrounding clinical research. Advance registration is required.

Creating Community Health Leaders

A multiyear mentoring program started by Johns Hopkins medical students provides internships and training to help Baltimore teens become health care leaders in their communities.

Photo of Western High school senior Savannah Tripp working under the guidance of mentor Oliver Rogers.