Mary "Dicey" Jackson Scroggins, MA, will deliver the keynote presentation on Wednesday, July 14 during the 13th Annual AACI CRI Meeting.
Scroggins, a 24-year ovarian cancer survivor and recent acute myeloid leukemia (AML) survivor, research advocate, and health activist, is the director of global outreach and engagement for the International Gynecologic Cancer Society; chair of the Advocacy Special Interest Group for the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer; and a co-founder of In My Sister’s Care, an organization focused on eliminating health disparities and on improving gynecologic cancer awareness and care for medically underserved women. She is also a writer, producer, and founding partner in Pinkie Hugs, LLC, a mother-daughter writing and film production firm specializing in social justice-focused documentaries.
The recipient of the 2016 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Distinguished Public Service Award and a 2020 featured Cancer Health magazine Change Maker, Scroggins is also a member of the Community Engagement in Genomics Working Group of the National Institutes of Health’s National Human Genome Research Institute.
Scroggins will discuss her personal journey through clinical trials and their impact on patients and cover broader topics including diversity of clinical trial participants, personalized medicine, and global health equity.