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.

Cancer Causes and Control Publication

Dr. Drake and colleagues analyzed the burden of prostate cancer in Trinidad and Tobago in a May 2018 publication in Cancer Causes and Control. Citation: Warner WA, Lee TY, Fang F, Llanos AAM, Bajracharya S, Sundaram V, Badal K, Sookdeo VD, Roach V, Lamont-Greene M, Ragin C, Slovacek S, Ramsoobhag K, Brown J, Rebbeck TR, […]

American Journal of Men’s Health Publication

Dr. Bettina Drake and lab staff members, Drs. Saira Khan, Marvin Langston, and Victoria Hicks have published in the American Journal of Men's Health. The publication, Predictors of Follow-Up Visits Post Radical Prostatectomy, found disparities and the need for additional follow-up for high risk groups of men following a prostatectomy. Citation: Khan S, Hicks V, […]