Cancer Center hosts Community Lab Mixer

A Community Lab Mixer focused on prostate cancer hosted by the University of Illinois Cancer Center’s Office of Community Engagement & Health Equity was an opportunity for researchers, scientists, and community members to learn from each other. Community members, including 21 African American men, toured research labs to learn firsthand about the disease, which African American men are more likely than others to get and die from. LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, Chief Operating Officer of the Cook County Department of Public Health, opened the October 18 event on the University of Illinois Chicago campus by discussing the importance of Black men getting annual check-ups and screenings. Professor Angela Tyner, PhD, a Cancer Biology Program member, explained why donated tissues are important for prostate cancer research, and Professor Alan Diamond, PhD, a Translational Oncology Program member, discussed lessons learned from research made possible by the participation of African American men. V.K. Gadi, MD, PhD, Associate Director of Translational Medicine, answered questions from community members.

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