Highlights: 23rd Annual MVTCP Symposium

The Meharry-Vanderbilt-Tennessee State Cancer Partnership (MVTCP) recently hosted its 23rd Annual Symposium on February 10, 2024, showcasing innovative cancer research and fostering collaboration among primary investigators (PIs) and research students. The MVTCP is the longest running cancer research collaboration between three institutions, to date.

The symposium boasted an impressive lineup of speakers, including the distinguished keynote from Monica Baskin, PhD., Dr. Baskin’s address titled, “The Essential Role of Community Engagement in Achieving the Goals of Moonshot 2.0,” emphasized the importance of evidence-based community outreach initiatives in eliminating cancer disparities. She highlighted the necessity of integrity in partnerships with communities, urging clinicians, researchers, and advocates to approach engagement with empathy and mindfulness to ensure mutual benefit and trust.

Dr. Baskin also commended the exceptional scientific research being conducted within the MVTCP, with student members showcasing their work during a highly anticipated poster session. The winners of the poster session were recognized for their remarkable contributions to cancer research, offering not only groundbreaking advancements in scientific knowledge but also a glimpse of hope for equity in cancer care for patients in the future.

Karla Robles, an engineering and computational science PhD student from Tennessee State University, made history as the first student to take the stage as a presenter. Her presence not only marked a significant milestone for the symposium but also highlighted the importance of nurturing young talent in the field of oncology.

Symposium attendees engaged in stimulating discussions and networking opportunities, benefitting from the expertise of established professionals in the field and forging connections with mentors and peers who share a common dedication to making a positive impact in the fight against cancer. The event served as a platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and strengthened everyone’s resolve to reduce health disparities and ensure equitable cancer care for all.

For more information about the Meharry-Vanderbilt-Tennessee State Cancer Partnership (MVTCP), visit mvtcp.org or stopcancertogether.org.

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