At this virtual event, organised in collaboration with Black in Cancer, and taking place during Black in Cancer Week (11-15 October), we talk to an early career researcher, an established cancer researcher, and a patient representative about their experiences of being black in cancer research. The session will be chaired by Professor Richard Sullivan from King’s College London, and speakers will share their stories, introducing their professional background, career routes and any obstacles they have faced. They will also discuss proposed solutions and suggested areas of improvement to make cancer research more diverse and inclusive.

By the end of the session, participants will have a better understanding of the experiences of black people in cancer research, with a view to effecting positive change.


  • Professor Dean Fennell – University of Leicester
  • Dr Julia Morris – Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute
  • Ms Della Ogunleye – South West London Health and Care Partnership and NCRI Consumer Forum

Who should attend?
Professionals involved in cancer research that are interested in improving equality, diversity and inclusion – including scientists, medical/clinical oncologists, surgeons, early career researchers, nurses, allied health professionals, PhD and undergraduate students, research teams, research managers/funders, patient experts and carers formally involved in research.

Please note:
This event doesn’t aim to address issues around diversity in trial recruitment, however, this topic will be covered during a session at the NCRI Festival‘Year 2035: When equality, diversity and inclusion are no longer an issue in trial recruitment’


Oct 14 2021


2:30 pm - 3:30 pm



Jointly organised with:

Black in Cancer
Black in Cancer