Masonic Cancer Center

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Masonic Cancer Center Research Symposium

6th Annual Masonic Cancer Center Research Symposium

The Masonic Cancer Center's Science Council announces its Sixth Annual Research Symposium November 10, 2015,  in the Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students, staff, postdocs and PIs are encouraged to participate and submit an abstract for the poster session. 


Abstract submission period is now open. 

The deadline for submission of abstracts is October 5, 2015. A subcommittee of the Masonic Cancer Center Science Council will review the abstracts and select the top four for oral presentations at the final session of the symposium.  Up to ten additional abstract presenters will be awarded the designation of "Outstanding Abstract" and will attend a private luncheon with the symposium keynote speaker. The deadline for submission is October 5, 2015. Submission details are listed below.


10:30-11:00: State of Masonic Cancer Center: Douglas Yee, M.D., Director

11:00-12:00: Keynote speaker: B.J. Kennedy Lecturer in Medical Oncology: "New Strategies for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer – Deciphering the Heterogeneity"
Jennifer A. Pietenpol, Ph.D., Director, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Benjamin F. Byrd, Jr. Professor of Oncology, Professor of Biochemistry, Cancer Biology and Otolaryngology

12:00-1:00: Buffet Lunch

1:00-1:45: Poster Session I

1:45-2:30: Poster Session II

2:30-3:30: Abstract winner presentations 

Poster Sessions - Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts Open: August 31, 2015
Abstract Submission Due: October 5, 2015
Abstract Winners Selected and Notified: October 20, 2015

Students, staff, postdocs and PIs are invited to participate and are encouraged to submit an abstract for the poster session. Our goal is to increase interaction during the poster sessions. We are continuing with the same poster format we used last year. All posters should consist of 3 8.5 x 11 sheets - one with the hypothesis, one with data and the third with conclusions and/or future directions.  A PDF with an example of this is available for download here.

Abstract Awards: The top four abstracts will be invited to present during the final session of the symposium. Each winner will receive a special gift.

 There will be up to 10 awards made for outstanding asbtracts, representing focus areas from all seven Masonic Cancer Center research programs: Carcinogenesis & Chemoprevention, Cell Signaling, Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer, Immunology, Prevention & Etiology, Transplant Biology & Therapy, and Tumor Microenvironment. Winners will attend a private lunch with the keynote speaker and a gift card.

Click to submit an abstract online.

For more information call Matthew Polk at 625-1405 or send an email to

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