Feb 1st & 2nd | AACHAC Presents “An Evening with HeLa”
In honor of Henrietta Lacks and her contributions to the field of science, the African American Community Health Advisory Committee(AACHAC) partnered with San Francisco-Peninsula and the San Mateo County Health System, for an event that features a presentation with members of the Henrietta Lacks family.
Henrietta Lacks is best known as the source of the first immortal human cell line that forms the HeLa line used for medical research. When Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951, cells were taken from her body without her knowledge to form the HeLa cell line which has been used extensively in research since that time. Although other immortal cells have since been established, Lack’s HeLa cells are the standard in labs all around the world.
On February 1st at Capuchino High School, enjoy a panel discussion with two of Mrs. Lack’s family members, and on February 2nd enjoy a FREE educational seminar about clinical trials and its importance among populations of color.
In celebration of February as Black History Month, everyone is welcome to attend African American Community Initiative‘s Black History Month Kick-Off Event on January 27th, Saturday at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Community Center in San Mateo. More info about the Kick- Off event can be found here.