Monday, January 7, 2008

RW News: International Scientists and Clinicians to Give Presentations on the “Global Perspective on Black Men's Health” at FAMU

Three international presenters, Dr. Frank Chinegwundoh (United Kingdom), Dr. Robin Roberts (Bahamas), and Dr. Titi Akinremi (Nigeria) will feature presentations on global prostate cancer research findings targeting black men of African ancestry on the campus of Florida A&M University January 11, 2008.

The workshop is scheduled at FAMU’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will conclude with an open dialogue on black men’s health. Additionally, the scientists and clinicians will visit with the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Cancer Center.

Dr. Frank Chinegwundoh has been a consultant urological surgeon at Barts and The London NHS Trust and Newham University Hospital NHS Trust, London since 1996. He has a special interest in prostate cancer, and has published numerous papers in this area. Additionally, he is the associate medical director at Newham. He was founding chairman of the Black and Ethnic Minority Health section of The Royal Society of Medicine. Since 1998, he has been chairman of Cancer Black Care. This charity provides information and support for all cancer sufferers and families with a focus on black and ethnic minorities. In 2007, he was appointed to the National Cancer Reform Strategy Reform Group.

Dr. Robin Roberts received his medical degree from the University of the West Indies, Kingston Jamaica. He has served as the president of the Medical Association of the Bahamas, Bahamas Family Planning Association and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas Research Academy of Medical Sciences. Roberts serves as associate lecturer at the University of the West Indies, associate editor of the West Indian Medical Journal at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medicine and is an international fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. He is a member of both the Canadian and American Urology Associations. He has made numerous presentations at local, regional and international conferences and has a number of publications in medical literature.

Dr. Titi Akinremi is chief consultant pathologist and heads the Department of Pathology, Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria; has served as state pathologist and coroner in Oyo State, Nigeria; and associate lecturer in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is well published and has memberships with the Nigerian Medical Association, International Medical Women’s Association, International Agency for Cancer Control (UICC) Fellow, International Association of Cytology, Association of Pathologists of Nigeria, and International Association of Pathologist.

Folakemi T. Odedina, professor and director of the FAMU College’s Economic, Social and Administrative Pharmacy Division, said, “This is indeed a historic event for us and will facilitate our global consortium to fully understand the health disparities experienced by black men of African ancestry.”

“It is critical that we develop an objective understanding of the relationships in the incidences, morbidity and mortality of diseases in black men in the U.S. and black men in Africa,” said Dean Henry Lewis III, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. “This type of workshop provides the venue for a transatlantic discussion of this important health consequence.”

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