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1st Annual Cancer Disparities Symposium: Building Bridges to Address Cancer Disparities

March, 17, 2017 | Cleveland, OH
The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center is excited to announce the inaugural Cancer Disparities Symposium: Building Bridges to Address Cancer Disparities. Understanding and addressing cancer disparities is complex and multi-faceted, and requires attention across the translational spectrum. This half-day event will showcase cutting-edge research, with a focus on reducing and eliminating disparities in cancer, going from bench-to-bedside-to-community and back. This important symposium will also feature two keynote addresses, including a key leader in our community, and an internationally-recognized cancer disparities researcher. We will promote the exchange of ideas and collaborative opportunities among scientists, clinicians, government, and community representatives.


View printable agenda [cancer-disparities-symp-2017mar17-agenda]

Friday, March 17, 2017                        


Continental Breakfast/Registration opens


Stan Gerson, MD
Director, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
Director, UH Seidman Cancer Center


Introduction of Cancer Disparities, Roadmap of Day
Monica Webb Hooper, PhD
Director, Office of Cancer Disparities Research, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
Professor, General Medical Sciences (Oncology), Family Medicine, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, and Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University


Theme 1: Access to Care and Cancer-related Disparities

The Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, Medicaid, and breast cancer outcomes in Ohio’s underserved women
Siran Koroukian, PhD

The Affordable Care Act and Disparities in Cancer Screening
Greg Cooper, MD

Reducing Disparities in Care and Outcomes: Using a Positive Deviance Approach in a Regional Health Improvement Collaborative  
Randall Cebul, MD

Panel Discussion
Smitha Krishnamirthi, MD (Moderator); Siran Koroukian, PhD; Greg Cooper, MD; Randall Cebul, MD; Merle Gordon 


Theme 2: Racial Disparities in Cancer Biology

Adverse Outcomes Associated with Mutations that typify African American Colorectal Cancers
Joseph Willis, MD

Understanding Biology of Disparities in Triple-negative Breast Cancer
Shaveta Vinayak, MD, MS

Disparities in the Era of Precision Oncology
Davendra Sohal, MD

Panel Discussion
Jame Abraham, MD (Moderator); Joseph Willis, MD; Shaveta Vinayak, MD, MS; Davendra Sohal, MD, MPH; Simon Kim, MD, MPH; Smitha Krishnamurthi, MD




Keynote: Community Speaker
Lena L. Grafton, MPH, CHES
Cleveland State University, NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health, Community Engagement Coordinator, Adjunct Faculty


Lunch - grab boxed lunches


Keynote: Cancer Disparities Research
Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH
Director, Cancer Health Disparities, University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center
Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Director, Program in Health Disparities Research
Endowed Chair for Health Equity Research, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota




Theme 3: Addressing Disparities through Community-based Research
Addressing Disparity Begins with Understanding the Needs of the Patients Served

Benjamin Li, MD

Not Your Grandfather's Cigar: Cigar Product Use Among Youth and Young Adults
Erika Trapl, PhD

Head-to-Head Evaluation of Contemporary Behavior Change Interventions for Risk Factor Reduction
Shirley Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN

Panel Discussion
Kris Austin, LSW, MSED (Moderator); Benjamin Li, MD; Erika Trapl, PhD; Shirley Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN; Samir Abraksia, MD, David B. Miller, PhD, Monica Webb Hooper, PhD


Group Discussion


Networking Reception