DEI Trainee Stipend (Spring) Awardee’s View on How Conference Participation Advances Cancer Research Involvement

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We asked Spring 2024 Lombardi DEI Trainee Stipend Awardee, Lourdes Inbar-Albo, about her experience at the Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos Conference last February. This is the full answer.

Lourdes Inbar-Albo, MD, MS
Trainee Stipend (Spring) Awardee , Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Funding, 2024.

In the picture, Lourdes is presenting at the fourth international conference on Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos on February 21-23, 2024, in San Antonio, Texas.

The Conference is hosted by The Mays Cancer Center and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio.

“The experience was an invaluable opportunity for me. The conference allowed me to share my research with colleagues, and it was a platform to engage with fellow researchers, experts, and stakeholders in the field of cancer prevention and control within the Latino population. This conference was a pivotal moment for me to contribute to the discourse surrounding cancer disparities and to learn from others’ experiences and findings.

Without DEI Stipend funding, participating in such a significant event would have been challenging for me, if not impossible. It enabled me to seize this opportunity for professional development and networking, as well as to enhance my participation in cancer research, particularly within the Latino community.

Presenting my research on the relationship between financial hardship, depression, and anxiety among caregivers of Latina breast cancer survivors not only contributes to the existing body of knowledge but also underscores the importance of understanding and addressing psychosocial factors in cancer care. Furthermore, as a full-time staff member in the Cancer Prevention and Control Department at Georgetown University, this experience reinforces my commitment to my professional growth and development. Moving forward, I am eager to apply the knowledge and connections gained from this conference to further advance my work in cancer research and ultimately contribute to improving outcomes for Latino cancer survivors and their caregivers.”

Lourdes Inbar-Albo, MD, MS
’23 Georgetown Epidemiology Master’s Program
Awardee Trainee Stipend (Spring), Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Funding, 2024