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Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University conduct Community-Engaged Research symposium Feb. 5

(January 11, 2018)

DETROIT, Jan. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and cancer is the second, with higher rates of diagnosis and death in metropolitan Detroit compared to the state of the Michigan and the nation. Diagnoses and deaths from these diseases are higher among African-Americans compared to other racial and ethnic groups.

In order to address these disparities, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University are working together to engage community members to share input to enhance the direction of medical research to substantially improve health outcomes. The institutions will present the inaugural Community-Engaged Research (CEnR) Symposium: Building Community-Engaged Networks to Eliminate Disparities in Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease. The all-day symposium will take place Monday, Feb. 5, 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., at the Karmanos Cancer Institute, in Detroit.

WHAT: 2018 Community-Engaged Research Symposium: Building Community-Engaged Networks to Eliminate Disparities in Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease
  Presented by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 5
  11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Karmanos Cancer Institute
  4100 John R, Detroit, Mich., 48201 (Enter through main entrance off John R.)
  Wertz Auditorium on 2nd Floor
REGISTER: Space is limited. Registration is required by Jan. 31. Call 313-576-8259 for additional information regarding the symposium and parking availability.

Who Should Attend? Community members, stakeholders, researchers and academic representatives.

SPEAKERS:    In order of appearance: Hayley Thompson, Ph.D., program leader, Population Studies & Disparities Research, Karmanos Cancer Institute, and associate professor, Department of Oncology, Wayne State University; Phillip Levy, M.D., Edward S. Thomas Endowed Professor of Emergency Medicine, assistant vice president, Translational Science and Clinical Research Innovation, Wayne State University; Stephen M. Lanier, Ph.D., vice president for Research, Wayne State University; Al Richmond, MSW,  executive director, Community Campus Partnerships for Health; Sean Collins, M.D., professor and vice chairman for Research, and director, Clinical Trials Center, Department of Emergency Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO, Karmanos Cancer Institute, and chair, Department of Oncology, Wayne State University School of Medicine; Yasmeen Long, MA, program officer, Eugene Washington Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute; and Kristi Graves, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Oncology, Population Sciences, Georgetown University.

Panelists will include: Tiffany Brent, Esq., executive director, Voices of Detroit Initiative; Lisa Braddix, MPH, director, Population Health & Health Equity, Greater Detroit Area Health Council; Curtis Lipscomb, executive director, LGBT Detroit; Carrie Leach, Ph.D. candidate, MPA, research associate, Institute of Gerontology and Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors, Wayne State University; and Elisabeth Heath, M.D., FACP, associate center director, Translational Sciences, Karmanos Cancer Institute and professor of Oncology and Medicine, Hartmann Endowed Chair for Prostate Cancer Research, Wayne State University.

Academic research has played a critical role in reducing disease burden in diverse populations. However, cardiovascular disease and cancer remain intractable public health problems – an occurrence that may be attributable to inadequate consideration of biosocial factors. Syndemics (the aggregation of two or more concurrent or sequential epidemics/disease clusters in a population) provides a conceptual model of how diseases and biosocial influences interact to synergistically enhance risk for a given population.

“African-Americans have historically struggled with structural and interpersonal racism, and disproportionately live in stressful and adverse conditions linked to racial group membership, including poverty, violence, stigmatization and discrimination,” said Hayley Thompson, Ph.D. “By inviting community members, stakeholders, and researchers and academic representatives to this symposium, we hope that the sharing of voices, experiences and expertise’s [ServletException in:/common/layout/us_view_template.jsp] null'