Join us for a screening of the film

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Movie begins at 6 p.m.

Panel discussion at 7:30 p.m.

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

955 Main St.

Buffalo NY

Stay for a community-friendly discussion with experts following the screening

Lacks book cover

Cancer cells were taken from Henrietta Lacks without her consent. Research with those cells led to hundreds of medical discoveries — including the polio vaccine. Her family fought to uncover the truth and changed how research is done.

Watch the movie starring Oprah Winfrey and hear from people involved in research right here in Western New York.



Timothy Murphy, MD, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, Department of Medicine, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Clinicaland Translational Science Institute Director, University at Buffalo

Rev. Kinzer Pointer, MCM, Pastor of Agape Fellowship Baptist Church, Chairperson of the Board of Managers, Millennium Collaborative Care PPS, Chairperson of the Erie County Poverty Committee and Board Chair of the Greater Buffalo United Ministries


Heather Ochs-Balcom, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo  

Teresa Edgerton, DNP, FNP-BC, Nursing Instructor, Nursing Department, Trocaire College 

Kyle Mann, BS, IRB Administrator, Office of Research Compliance, University at Buffalo 

Veronica Meadows-Ray, Community Consultant to The Jewels in our Genes an African American Family Study which partnered with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, University at Buffalo and the Witness Project

Michael Garrick, PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences 

Presented by

  • Genome, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence (GEM)
  • Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences & Mini Medical School 
  • Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
  • Patient Voices Network

This program is supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under award number UL1TR001412 to the University at Buffalo.