Why Biology is Needed: A Discussion on Race, Ancestry, Cancer & Research Partnerships


Yates talkOn May 25, Duke Cancer Institute BASIC Engage and the DCI Community Advisory Council welcome Clayton Yates, PhD — an internationally recognized expert in cancer health disparities research — for a public presentation and discussion on race, ancestry, cancer and the importance of partnering in scientific research.

Yates is a professor in the Department of Biology and the Center for Cancer Research at Tuskegee University in Alabama. An expert in cell biology, molecular biology, and molecular pathology, Yates has received more than $25 million in grants from the Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health for prostate and breast cancer health disparities research. In addition, he is co-director of the Transatlantic Prostate Cancer Consortium, which is focused on understanding tumor biology in native African men in Nigeria and developing novel clinical interventions for this population.

BASIC Engage is a DCI program that brings community stakeholders and basic scientists (lab scientists) together in collaborative research.

The DCI Community Advisory Council is made up of around 20 local and regional community leaders who serve as advisors and advocates in the development of DCI’s health equity and disparities work. They represent patients, caregivers, community advocates, faith leaders and state and county level health organizations.

The public event "Why Biology is Needed," is presented by DCI BASIC Engage and the DCI Community Advisory Council. It will be held on Tuesday, May 25, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom.

*Registration is free-of-charge and required