Henrietta Lacks

Cassandra S. Foens M.D., F.A.C.R. 2021 Lecture

Date: February 16, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Online
In partnership with: Human Subjects Office

Support provided by:

Office of the Vice President of Student Life, College of Public Health Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Carver College of Medicine, Department of OB/GYN, UI Center for Human Rights

Jeri Lacks Whye is Henrietta Lacks’ granddaughter. She is employed with the Judiciary System of Baltimore in the Domestic Violence Unit. Jeri has visited dozens of campuses and communities around the country, adding her own perspective on the legacy of Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cells. She was one of the family members who consulted on the HBO film based on “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” produced by Oprah Winfrey and Allan Ball.

Veronica Robinson is Henrietta Lacks’ great granddaughter. Inspired by Henrietta’s story, she is currently studying to become a Registered Nurse at Baltimore City Community College. She represents the Lacks family on the National Institute of Health’s panel that reviews applications to conduct research using the HeLa genome. Veronica is also a mentor at Johns Hopkins for Dunbar Scholars and a very active member of the Lacks Family Foundation.

This lecture made possible by Cassandra S. Foens, M.D., F.A.C.R..