The Drake Lab is focused on research, community engagement and dissemination of evidence based materials. Our research focuses on understanding risk factors and identifying strategies to promote health equity.  Her community-based work has focused on promoting cancer education and screening among high-risk and underserved populations in the St. Louis region. In addition her work has focused on educating community members on the strengths and weaknesses of health research participation and the importance of a diverse study population to provide the most effective interventions and treatments.

The Drake Lab is led by Bettina Drake, PhD, MPH, professor of surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in the Division of Public Health Sciences. She also has a joint appointment in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences and a member of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center.

Bettina Drake Video of Disparities in Veterans featured on DOD website

Bettina Drake, PhD, MPH, associate professor of surgery in the Division of Public Health Sciences, is featured on a Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) video comparing prostate cancer outcomes in VA Hospitals among African-American veterans vs. other veterans. As a whole, African-American men are more likely to develop and die from prostate cancer than […]