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Fourth Annual Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture at Johns Hopkins - 10/02/2013

Fourth Annual Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture at Johns Hopkins

Release Date: October 2, 2013

Dr. Gary H. Gibbons, director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, will deliver the fourth annual Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture. In addition to honoring the legacy of Mrs. Lacks, Dr. Gibbons will discuss the importance of community support in the field of scientific research.

Dr. Robert Blum, director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute, will present the institute’s annual Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award.

Finally, Dr. Dan Ford, vice dean for clinical investigation and director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, will present Dunbar High School senior Rickiya Johnson with the Henrietta Lacks Dunbar Health Sciences Scholarship. The annual scholarship is awarded to a Paul Laurence Dunbar High School senior for excellence and promise in the health sciences.

Saturday, October 5, 2013
10:00 a.m.
Turner Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
720 Rutland Avenue, Baltimore Md. 21205

Henrietta Lacks was a young mother of five from eastern Baltimore County who, despite radiation treatment at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, died in 1951 of an aggressive cancer. In those days, doctors and scientists regularly used tissue samples for research purposes without patient consent. The small tissue sample taken from Mrs. Lacks yielded cells that would help advance scientific and medical research for decades; where other samples bore cells that died in days or even hours, Mrs. Lacks’ cells divided and lived on. To this day, HeLa cells—named for Henrietta Lacks—are advancing science and medicine all around the world. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and all the Johns Hopkins institutions are proud of—and grateful to be associated with—Henrietta Lacks and her family. Our research honors Mrs. Lacks’ legacy and her contribution to science and medicine.

A map of the main level of the hospital can be found here:
Oversized vehicles can park on Monument Street outside the auditorium.


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