Electra Paskett, a nationally recognized leader in the study of cancer health disparities, will be the featured speaker at the University of Illinois Cancer Center’s Distinguished Lecture Series, to be held on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Moss Auditorium, College of Medicine Research Building, Room 1020, 909 S. Wolcott Ave. A reception will follow.
Paskett, PhD, will discuss “A Multi-Level Model to Address Cervical Cancer Disparities in Appalachia. Paskett is the Marion N. Rowley Professor of Cancer Research at The Ohio State University, as well as professor and director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control in the Department of Medicine, College of Medicine; professor in the Division of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health; associate director for Population Sciences and Community Outreach; and director of the Center for Cancer Health Equity at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Throughout her distinguished career, Paskett has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers on issues in cancer prevention, early detection and survivorship. Her studies use-multi-level interventions in transdisciplinary teams with community-based participatory research to identify and intervene on factors causing disparities among underserved populations such as social and ethnic minority groups and rural/underserved populations.
Paskett successfully competed for an NCI-funded P50, Center for Population Health and Health Disparities grant to examine why rates of cervical cancer are high in Appalachia Ohio, and served as principal investigator of the Ohio Patient Navigator Research Program. She has also received funding from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation since 2001, and continues to work with the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). She is also one of the multiple-principal investigators of the WHI Cancer Survivor Cohort.
In 2004, Paskett was elected as a Fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is a past-president of the American Society of Preventive Oncology; former deputy editor of the journal Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention; and is current section editor of the journal, Cancer. She is deputy director of the Cancer Control Program at The Ohio State University and chairs the Health Disparities Committee of the Alliance for Cooperative Trials in Oncology (ALLIANCE). She has also won numerous awards, among them the American Society of Preventive Oncology Distinguished Achievement Award; the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology’s Jimmie Holland Award; the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Distinguished Lecture Award on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities, and the AACR Team Science Award for her long-standing role in the WHI. In 2016, Paskett became a member of the National Cancer Institute’s National Cancer Advisory Board.
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