The summit convened prostate cancer survivors with medical, community, industry and
policy leaders to address issues towards eliminating the prostate cancer racial disparity
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Summit Program Agenda
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Ave., NW
* Videos are available below for each summit session *
8:30 - 9:30 AM Continental Breakfast (Sagamore / Ashlawn Room)
10:00 - 10:15 AM Summit Opening (video) (Atrium Ballroom)
Welcome: Mr. Robbie Robinson
Opening Statement: Mr. Thomas A. Farrington
President and Founder
10:15 - 11:15 AM The African American Disparity - Biology or Access? (video)
Presentations on the African American prostate cancer mortality disparity and how it is impacted by unequal access to treatment and biological / genetic differences.
Moderator: James C. Roberson II, M.D.
Speakers: Brandon Mahal, M.D.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Daniel George, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Duke Cancer Institute
11:15 - 12:15 PM Increasing African American Participation in Clinical Trials (video)
Strategies towards increasing diversity in clinical trials enrollment will be discussed and explored.
Moderator: Keith Crawford, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Trials and Patient Education
Panelists: Gerren Wilson, Pharm.D.
Head of Patient Partnerships Alliance and Advocacy Relations
San Fransisco, CA
Jovonni R. Spinner, MPH, CHES
Senior Public Health Advisor
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE)
Silver Spring, MD
Ms. Sandra Amaro
Diversity in Clinical Trials Operations Director
Adrelia Allen, Pharm.D., PMP
Associate Director, Clinical Research
Global Clinical Trial Operations - The Americas
Merck Research Laboratories
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
12:15 - 1:15 PM Lunch and Sexual Health Presentation (video)
A presentation on men's sexual health issues and available solutions.
Introduction: Mr. Anthony Lee
Speaker: Melissa Mendez, M.D.
Urologist, Sexual Health Specialist
1:15 - 2:15 PM New Developments in Prostate Cancer Treatment (video)
An update of the prostate cancer treatment paradigm with insights into some of the new and exciting treatment advances and future trends.
Moderator: Matthew A. Kinnard., Ph.D.
Speaker: Richard Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
Panelists: Stacey J. Simmons, M.D.
US Medical Affairs
Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Peter Francis, M.D.
2:15 - 2:30 PM Break
2:30 - 3:15 PM The Increasing Role of Genetics and Biomarkers (video)
How genetic and genomic biomarker testing are playing an increasingly important role in helping patients assess their prostate cancer risks and treatment options.
Introduction: Ms. Wendy Roberson
Speakers: Todd Cohen, M.D.
VP Of Medical Affairs / Medical Director of Urology
Salt Lake City, UT
Mr. Chris Campbell
Director of Advocacy
San Francisco, CA
3:15 - 4:00 PM Prostate Cancer Early Detection and Screening - An Update (video)
An Update on current early detection screening guidance with a focus on what actions African American men should take.
Introduction: Mr. Odell Lewis
Speaker: J. Jacques Carter, M.D., MPH
PHEN Medical Advisor
Harvard Medical School
4:00 - 4:15 PM Legislative Update (video)
Introduction: Jerry George, MPH
Speaker: Quardricos Bernard Driskell, MPP
Manager, Government Relations
American Urological Association
4:15 - 4:30 PM Summit Closing Remarks (video)
Mr. Thomas A. Farrington
4:30 - 6:00 PM Networking Reception
Friday, September 13th, 2019
A session of the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference
Hosted by Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (NY)
Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Pl., NW, Washington, DC
9:00 - 9:30 AM Summit Opening (video)
Welcome and Moderator: Adrian Backus, JD., MDiv
Director of Partnerships and Outreach
Opening Statement and Remarks: Mr. Thomas A. Farrington and Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (video)
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (Invited)
9:30 - 9:55 AM PHEN National Outreach Initiatives and plans for 2020 (video)
Presenters: Adrian Backus, JD, MDiv
9:55 - 10:15 AM "Daddy's Boys" Stage Play Initiative
Presenters: Mr. Garrett Davis
Producer and Playwright
Winston Salem, NC
Adrian Backus, JD, MDiv
10:15 - 10:45 AM An Initiative to Address Veterans Needs (video)
Introduction: Artie L. Shelton, MD
US Army Colonel, Retired
The Veterans Health Council (VHC)
Speakers: Mr. John Rowan
Linquist in Air Forces 6990 Security Squadron, Retired
President, Vietnam Veterans of American (VVA)
Silver Spring, MD
Mr. Arnold J. Merriweather (video)
U.S. Army Veteran
Men's Health Coordinator for American Legion Post 197
10:45 - 11:00 AM Summit Closing Remarks (video)
Mr. Thomas A. Farrington
Deacon Raymond Fuller
6:00 - 9:00 PM Daddy's Boys Stage Play Performance
First Baptist Church of Highland Park
Dr. Henry P. Davis, III, Pastor
6801 Sheriff Road
Landover, MD 29785
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