The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Moderated by Irline François, Associate Professor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Goucher College

Veronica Robinson is Henrietta Lacks’s great-granddaughter. Inspired by Henrietta’s story, she is currently studying at Baltimore City Community College to become a registered nurse. She represents the Lacks family on the National Institute of Health panel that reviews applications to conduct research using the HeLa genome. Veronica is also a mentor for Baltimore City Public Schools and a very active member of the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Foundation. Recently, she stepped into a rewarding position as an Ambassador for former President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative.

David Lacks, Jr. is the grandson of Henrietta Lacks and the son of David “Sonny” Lacks. David has a degree in computer information systems and has traveled around the United States and Canada setting up computer systems and labs for companies and educational institutions. He also lends his talent to the Lacks family’s website. David is honored to serve on the National Institutes of Health panel, where he reviews proposals from researchers seeking to use the HeLa genome in their research.

The event is open to the public. Face coverings are required.

Tuesday, September 14 at 7:00pm

Kraushaar Auditiorium

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