The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) recognized Dr. Electra D. Paskett, on receiving the 2015 AACR Distinguished Lecture on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities, funded by Susan G. Komen. She was honored at The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved in Atlanta.
Dr. Paskett is professor of epidemiology in The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Public Health and the Marion N. Rowley professor of cancer research and director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and OSU’s College of Medicine. She is associate director for population sciences, director of the Center for Cancer Health Equity, and program leader of the Cancer Control Program at OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center. She was recognized for her decades of contributions to investigating and reducing cancer health disparities among the underserved.
Dr. Paskett delivered her award lecture, “Just Because You Build It Doesn’t Mean They Will Come: Addressing Disparities Along the Cancer Control Continuum,” during the opening plenary session. The AACR Distinguished Lecture on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities recognizes an investigator whose novel and significant work has had or may have far-reaching impact on the etiology, detection, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of cancer health disparities.
“I am so honored to be receiving this award from two prestigious organizations that have brought cancer researchers and advocates together to address cancer disparities through science and partnership with communities. My research uses this successful model as well,” Dr. Paskett said.
Dr. Paskett’s pioneering efforts toward developing and testing interventions to eliminate cancer health disparities have led to critically important improvements in cancer screening and care in minority and low-income populations. Her work has earned her an international reputation as a leader in cancer health disparities, evidenced by her service in a wide range of leadership roles, including as chair of steering committees for the Patient Navigation Research Program and the Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities. By using community-based participatory research strategies, Paskett works to address disparities with community partners in various populations including inner-city African-Americans, rural populations, and residents in the Ohio-Appalachian region. She also demonstrates a steadfast commitment to training the next generation of cancer control and health disparities researchers, having mentored more than 100 junior faculty, graduate and medical students, postdoctoral and medical fellows, and residents.