Link to join Tuesday, May 25

Link to join Wednesday, May 26

Link to join Thursday, May 27

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm
Welcome & Opening Remarks

Tom Misteli, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Cancer Research, NCI

Session 1: Cancer in Native Americans/Alaskan Natives
Chair: Stefan Ambs, Ph.D., MPH, Center for Cancer Research, NCI

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Research to Address Cancer Disparities Among Alaska Native People

Sarah Nash, Ph.D., M.P.H.
University of Iowa

12:45 pm - 01:15 pm
Hepatocellular carcinoma in Alaska Native People: Epidemiology, Etiologies and Outcomes

Brian McMahon, M.D.,
Alaska Native Medical Center

Session 2:  
Chair:  Tiffany Wallace, Ph.D., Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, NCI


01:15 pm - 01:45 pm
Keynote: The All of Us Research Program: Unlocking insights into health disparities
01:45 pm - 02:00 pm
Coffee break

Session 3:  Hot Topics in Cancer Health Disparities
Chair:  Stefan Ambs, Ph.D., MPH, Center for Cancer Research, NCI

02:00 pm - 02:30 pm
02:30 pm - 03:00 pm
Adverse Immune Profiles and Clinical Outcomes as a Function of Stress and Socioeconomic Status in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: Mechanisms and Interventions

Jennifer Knight, M.D., M.S., FACLP
Center Psycho-Oncology Program 
Medical College of Wisconsin

03:00 pm - 03:30 pm
Racial Comparisons in Timeliness of Breast and Colon Cancer Treatment in the Equal Access Military Health System

Yvonne Eaglehouse, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Murtha Cancer Center Research Program

03:30 pm - 03:40 pm
Coffee break

Session 4
Chair: Maeve Bailey-Whyte, Ph.D., MPH, National Cancer Institute

03:40 pm - 05:00 pm
Short talks from selected submitted abstracts

"Higher Prevalence of Homologous Recombination Deficiency in Tumors from African Americans Versus European Americans"
Sanju Sinha, University of Maryland


"Provider and Hospital Characteristics Associated with Initiation of, Adherence to and Survival After Starting Oral Anti-Neoplastic Agents for Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma"
Lauren Wilson, Duke University School of Medicine


"Evaluating the Inflammatory Profile in Amerindians with Gallbladder Disease"
Sarah Jackson, Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, National Cancer Institute


"Verbal Communication Plays an Integral Role in Shaping the Health Literacy of African Immigrant Women in Relation to Cervical Cancer Screening"
Joycelyn Codjoe, Inova Health Systems


"Blood levels of TNFRSF9 and PTN predict lethal prostate cancer among African American men"
Tsion Minas, Center for Cancer Research, NCI

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Session 5:  Disparities in Immune Profiles and Immunotherapy Response
Chair:  Tsion Minas, Ph.D., Center for Cancer Research, NCI

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Favorable Disparity: Immunotherapy and Prostate Cancer


Oliver Sartor, M.D.
Tulane Cancer Center
C. E. and Bernadine Laborde Professor of Cancer Research 

12:30 pm - 01:00 pm
Ancestry-associated Differences in the Regulation of Innate Immune Responses


Luis Barreiro, Ph.D.,
University of Chicago

01:00 pm - 01:30 pm
An Immune-Inflammation Signature May Underlie the Excessive Burden of Prostate Cancer in Men of African Ancestry

Stefan Ambs, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Center for Cancer Research, NCI

01:30 pm - 01:45 pm
Coffee break

Session 6: Hot Topics in Cancer Health Disparities:COVID-19 and Cancer Health Equity 
Chair: Brittany Lord, Ph.D., M.S., M.P.H., National Cancer Institute

01:45 pm - 02:15 pm
Racial and Socioeconomic disparities during the COVID-19 Pandemic


Silvia Munoz-Price, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical College of Wisconsin

02:15 pm - 02:45 pm
Cancer, COVID-19, Death and Disparities

Nathan Berger, M.D.
Case Western Reserve University

Session 7: Cancer in Rural Populations
Chair: Tiffany Wallace, Ph.D., Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, NCI

02:45 pm - 03:15 pm
Using Implementation Science to Address Disparities in Appalachia


Electra Paskett, Ph.D.
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, College of Medicine, Ohio State University

03:15 pm - 03:45 pm
Urban-rural Differences in Access to Cancer Screening and Treatment Services


Jan Eberth, Ph.D.
Rural and Minority Health Research Center
University of South Carolina

03:45 pm - 04:15 pm
Supporting Cancer Control in Appalachian North Carolina


Karen Winkfield, M.D., Ph.D.
Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Session 8:  
Chair: Tiffany Wallace, Ph.D., Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, NCI

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm
Keynote 2:Insight from Cancer Disparity Trends

Doug Lowy, M.D.
Principal Deputy Director, National Cancer Institute

Session 9: Evidence-Based Strategies to Reduce Health Disparities
Chair: Eboneé Butler, Ph.D., M.P.H., National Cancer Institute



12:40 pm - 01:10 pm
Public Health Strategies to Advance Tobacco Prevention and Control: Pathways Towards Health Equity

Deirdre Lawrence Kittner, Ph.D., MPH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

01:10 pm - 01:40 pm
The Role of Diet in Colorectal Cancer Disparities in African Americans and Alaska Natives


Stephen O’Keefe, MBBS, M.D.
University of Pittsburgh and Stellenbosch University

01:40 pm - 02:10 pm
Genomic Evolution and Adaptation in Africa: Implications for Health and Disease

Sarah Tishkoff, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania

02:10 pm - 02:40 pm
Oncologic Anthropology: Genetics and Genomics in the study of African ancestry associated with high-risk/triple negative breast cancer

Lisa Newman, M.D., MPH
Weill Cornell Medicine

02:40 pm - 03:00 pm
Coffee break

Session 10: Financial Toxicity
Chair: Michael Cook, Ph.D.

03:00 pm - 03:30 pm
Financial Toxicity and Cancer Treatment in America

Fumiko Chino, M.D.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

03:30 pm - 04:00 pm
Financial Hardship Among Cancer Survivors in the United States

Robin Yabroff, Ph.D., MBA
American Cancer Society

Session 11:

Chair: Robin Yabroff, Ph.D., M.B.A., American Cancer Society

04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Policy Panel Discussion: Financial Barriers to Health Equity

Fumiko Chino, Radiation Oncologist, Memorial Sloan Kettering

Heather Angier, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University

Karen Winkfield, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance

Mandi Pratt-Chapman, Associate Center Director, Patient-Centered Initiatives & Health Equity, George Washington University Cancer Center

05:00 pm
Closing remarks