What is Cancer Equity? EngenuitySC’s Science Café with Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert, June 10, 2014 at Speakeasy

May 27, 2014

COLUMBIA, SC – Did you know that prostate cancer mortality rates in South Carolina are three times greater in African Americans than Caucasians? Or that African American women succumb to breast cancer at higher rates than white women? Learn about cancer health disparities at EngenuitySC’s popular Science Café series on June 10, 2014 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert.

Dr. Hughes-Halbert is the SmartState AT&T Distinguished Endowed Chair in Cancer Equity at the Medical University of South Carolina’s Hollings Cancer Center and is a national leader in health disparities research. She is a national expert in minority health and health equity as well as cancer prevention and control.

At MUSC, her research focuses on developing tailored and targeted assessments and interventions to improve health outcomes in racial and ethnic minorities and other medically underserved populations. Learn more: http://smartstatesc.org/hughes-halbert

Dr. Hughes-Halbert is the leader of the Cancer Control Program at the Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC, the state’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center. The HCC unites more than 200 experts in treatment, research, education, prevention and control, and outreach to address South Carolina’s significant cancer problem. Learn more: http://hcc.musc.edu/

The purpose of Science Café is for curious souls to engage their ideas and each other over a cold beverage and warm camaraderie. It is a forum for debating science issues where we dive deep into the research, the philosophies and ethics, and the applications of cutting-edge research. The monthly talks are a real discussion about real issues with real people. For more information and to register for free admission (and perks) at the next Science Café, visit http://www.engenuitysc.com/sciencecafe.


About Science Café

EngenuitySC hosts Science Café at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month, featuring informal presentations by some of South Carolina’s top leaders in science and technology in a casual atmosphere. Guests enjoy networking and a cash bar with high quality beer, wine and cocktails at Speakeasy in Five Points, a comfortable, pub-style environment with couches and expert mixologists behind the bar. Patrons have the opportunity to discuss the latest knowledge economy topics with SmartState ProgramTM Endowed Chairs in a relaxed environment that encourages questions, interruptions and discussion. 

About EngenuitySC

Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., EngenuitySC is a public-private partnership focused on enhancing our region’s economic competitiveness and prosperity. Through collaboration with business, government, higher education and community leaders, EngenuitySC builds partnerships and measures success around five indicators of competitive communities: innovative capacity, talent, entrepreneurial/business environment, livability and strong industry clusters. Through our innovative process, unique vision and ability to create a plan and deliver results, EngenuitySC is working to build a more competitive and prosperous Midlands region. For more information, visit http://www.engenuitysc.com.

About the SmartState ProgramTM

The SmartState ProgramTM serves the public interest by creating incentives for the state’s research universities, in cooperation with other institutions of higher education in the state, to raise capital from non-state sources to fund endowments for specialized research professorships.  These professorships in turn serve as the nucleus for unique, university-based research centers which cultivate critical, public-private industrial partnerships, expand the state’s knowledge base, create well-paying jobs, and enhance economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for the people of South Carolina. For more information, visit http://www.SmartStateSC.org.

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