“The CBSN was created with the following vision: To elevate, make visible, celebrate and connect Black Canadians in STEMM across sectors. The CBNS is open every Canadian in the STEMM field who identifies as Black,” said University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Medicine professor and researcher Dr. Erique Lukong (PhD), who serves as vice-president of the CBSN.“We as Blacks are often underrepresented in conferences. We are not usually selected to give talks at major conferences. We now have the BE-STEMM platform where we can showcase talents in the Black STEMM community and the conference is opened to everyone,” said Lukong.“Blacks have made and continue to make significant contribution in STEMM but these successes usually go unrecognized. We are inviting everyone to join us in celebrating the successes of some of our unsung heroes and rising stars.”“I will discuss recent data highlighting the contrasting roles of BRK and FRK in breast cancer and show how these proteins can be targeted to improve breast cancer outcomes and especially in the most vulnerable populations like Black women where there is a disproportionate burden of triple negative breast cancer,” said Lukong.
Leadership Summits will be comprised of six concurrent, 90-minute panels, engaging employers, academia, industries, government ministries, health-care professional and funding bodies.“Our panel consists of health-care professional role models that will provide experience in matriculation from undergraduate, medical school, graduate school, residency, and fellowships, to professional practice and administrative medicine,” said McNair.“Discussions will also include qualifications, identification of barriers to successes, and improvements to be made that will afford Canadian Blacks a smoother pathway in their pursuit of a career in medicine and health sciences.”McNair is also a researcher at USask, whose work focuses on discovering biomarkers of acute kidney injury in patients undergoing cardiac surgery, with hopes that earlier identification of kidney damage in the immediate post-operative period will lead to decreased incidences of adverse outcomes such as chronic renal disease and the need for dialysis.Other members of the USask research community involved in the conference include Dr. Dalisizwe Dewa (MB-ChB), Dr. Idris Bare (MD) (Cardiology fellow), Dr. Adebola Obayan (MD, PhD) (Surgery), Dr. Christopher Mpofu (MD) (Pediatric Oncology), Dr. Humphrey Fonge (PhD) and PhD student Jessica Pougoue Ketchemen.Visit the for more information and to register to attend.