Past Events

Breast Cancer Awareness Sunday 

October 15, 2023


The Faith Community Research Network will be having a discussion on breast cancer advocacy and awareness! This event will be via zoom, we will also have a breast cancer survivor testimony sharing her own experience.


Hayley S. Thompson, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Oncology at Wayne State University School of Medicine; Community Outreach & Engagement Faculty Supervisor, Office of Cancer Health Equity & Community Engagement (OCHECE) Karmanos Cancer Institute

Rochelle Chapman

Community Engagement Coordinator, Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (IEHS), Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES)

Voncile Brown-Miller

Manager, Community Engagement 

Katrina Studvent

Breast Cancer Survivor 

Medical Myth Busters 

May 11, 2023


We invite you to our official FCRN launch event on Thursday, May 11, 2023 from 6-8 PM to learn more about the FCRN and view the first Medical MythBusters program. The event will take place in Wayne State University's Student Center Ballroom and food will be provided. 

Established in 2021, the Faith Community Research Network (FCRN) is a partnership between the Faith-Based Genetic Research Institute, Wayne State University, and Karmanos Cancer Institute. With a collective of 12 churches in metro Detroit , the FCRN is working to bridge the gap between our area’s health challenges and health solutions through dynamic people, programs, and research.

The FCRN has 3 upcoming programs titled "Medical MythBusters" focused on hypertension, COVID-19, and cancer. Through this programing we aim to increase awareness of FCRN, disseminate health information, give research opportunities, educate, and engage the faith community.


Ijeoma Nnodim Opara, MD

Assistant Professor, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Associate Program Director Internal Medicine Pediatrics

Phillip Levy, MD, MPH

Professor, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Associate Vice President of Translational Science