January 13, 2011

Speaker to Highlight Racial Disparities in Colorectal Cancer, Friday, Jan. 14, Noon


It is well known that there are racial disparities in colorectal cancer incidence and survival rates in the Unites States. John Carethers, M.D., chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, will discuss reasons for those racial disparities during a special lecture at noon, Friday, Jan. 14, in 202 Light Hall. The lecture, hosted by the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), is open to the public.

Carethers, the John G. Searle Professor of Internal Medicine, is a recognized expert on the mechanisms of tumor progression in colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer will be the focus of the 10th Annual Meharry/Vanderbilt U54 Partnership Cancer Retreat to be held Saturday, Jan. 15, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Meharry Medical College, West Basic Science Building, Room 1206. During the retreat, Carethers will deliver the Dr. Philip Browning memorial lecture, “How DNA Mismatch Repair Defects Drive Colorectal Cancer.”

The free retreat is co-sponsored by VICC and Meharry, in collaboration with Tennessee State University.

To register for the retreat, visit www.vicc.org/micc/forms/retreat.php.