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Dr. Roland A. Pattillo Presents at UMMS on October 9 at 11:30 am
Dr. Roland Pattillo is a practicing physician and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Morehouse School of Medicine. He was a gynecological oncology fellow at Johns Hopkins University under Dr. George Gey when cervical cancer cells taken from Henrietta Lacks were successfully cultured. The resulting HeLa cell line opened up a new era in biomedical research and, later, multiple issues relating to reserch ethics.
We are excited to have Dr. Pattillo present at UMMS on October 9th!
News Alert - NIH Makes Good With The Lacks' Family
If you have been following our Diversity Campus Read program, you recognize the story of its featured book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. There was exciting news released about the Lacks' story on Tuesday, July 30th! The National Institute of Health announced that it was, at long last, making good with the Lacks' family.
Under a new agreement, Lack's genome data will be accessible only to those who apply for and are granted permission. And two representatives of the Lacks family will serve on the NIH group responsible for reviewing biomedical researchers' applications for controlled access to HeLa cells. Additionally, any researcher who uses that data will be asked to include an acknowledgement to the Lacks family in their publications.
UMass Worcester - Campus ReadNew Program
One of the goals of our Institutional Diversity Plan is to institute a campus read of a diversity book with healthcare implications. UMass Medical School (UMMS) Diversity Leaders and UMass Memorial Health Care (UMMHC) Diversity and Inclusion Office launched the Diversity Campus Read program on June 7th with The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
The Diversity Campus Read program is designed to provide a campus-wide learning opportunity through literature, to encourage a common reading experience and to develop a sense of community at UMMS and UMMHC. All members of the UMMS and UMMHC communities are encouraged to read the Diversity Campus Read selection. Also, throughout the year, other events such as lectures and discussion groups will provide an opportunity for individuals and the community to gather and talk about the issues presented in the book.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot Featured Book
This non-fiction book written in 2010 by American author Rebecca Skloot describes the story of Henrietta Lacks and the immortal cell line, known as HeLa that came from her cervical cancer cells in 1951. The book has won several awards, was featured on over 60 critics' best of the year lists, and spent 75 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.
As a Publishers Weekly reviewer put it, “Science journalist Skloot makes a remarkable debut with this multilayered story about faith, science, journalism, and grace. It is also a tale of medical wonders and medical arrogance, racism, poverty and the bond that grows, sometimes painfully, between two very different women—Skloot and Deborah Lacks—sharing an obsession to learn about Deborah’s mother, Henrietta, and her magical, immortal cells [HeLa cells].” This book provides fertile ground for interdisciplinary dialogue, from science, technology, engineering, medicine and nursing (and the business of these disciplines) to social justice, ethics, the arts and the humanities.
More from the Author Watch Video Trailer
Learn more as the author, Rebecca Skloot, discusses the book. See video trailer below:
Official Video Trailer:
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot
Purchase a Book - The UMMS Campus store has paperback copies for sale. The UMMS library has copies of the book available too (hardcopy and Kindle). Also, watch for more trivia questions via email to win a copy of the book!
For more information or questions about this Diversity Campus Read Program, please contact the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office at email@example.com or Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org.