9th Annual Cancer Research Symposium Program

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8:00am-9:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00am-9:30am Douglas Yee, MD, Director, Masonic Cancer Center - Welcome Address
9:30am-10:30am

Elizabeth M. Jaffee, MD, FAACR, The BJ Kennedy Keynote Lecturer in Medical Oncology
The Dana and Albert "Cubby" Broccoli Professor of Oncology - Deputy Director, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Turning the Heat up on Pancreatic Cancer: Overcoming a “Cold” Immunologic Micro-environment

10:30am-10:45am Featured Abstract Flash Talks
10:45am-11:45am Poster Session One and Booth Time
11:45am-1:15pm

Lunch and MCC Faculty Flash Talk Competition, featuring:

• Natalia Tretyakova, PhD - Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program
Epigenetic deregulation in cancer

• Justin Drake, PhD - Cellular Mechanisms Program
Prostate cancer: Therapies beyond the androgen receptor

• Tim Starr, PhD - Genetic Mechanisms Program
Understanding the complexity of ovarian cancer one cell at a time

• Martin Felices, PhD - Immunology Program
Driving NK cell immunotherapy with TriKE molecules

• Linda Koehler, PhD, PT, CLT-LANA - SPECS Program
Preventing lymphedema

• Shernan Holtan, MD - Transplant Biology and Therapy Program
Thinking outside the T cell box in life-threatening acute graft-versus-host disease

1:15pm-1:50pm Christopher Moertel, MD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics
CD-200: The path from discovery to the patient. How meaningful collaboration between clinicians, bench scientists and the community creates success at the University of Minnesota.
1:50pm-2:25pm Stephen Hecht, PhD, Wallin Land Grant Professor of Cancer Prevention, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Interdisciplinary collaborative research on tobacco carcinogens, their biomarkers, and cancer prevention.
2:25pm-2:45pm

Featured Abstract Flash Talks:

• Estanislao Peixoto, PhD
Autophagy and HDAC6 mediated ciliary loss increase malignancy on cholangiocarcinoma models

• Praveen Kumar
Database sectioning method: Optimization of database composition in proteogenomics & metaproteomics

• Can Hekim, PhD
Tyrosine-Kinase Inhibitor and Immune Checkpoint Blockade Synergy in BCR-ABL+ B-ALL Mouse Model

• Susheel Kumar Nethi, PhD
Synthetic antigen receptor- mesenchymal stem cells for targeted drug delivery to ovarian tumors

2:45pm-3:45pm Poster Session Two and Booth Time
3:45pm-4:00pm

Abstract Winner - Aleksandra Alcheva, MD
Mentor: Irina Stepanov, PhD, Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program
Mitochondrial DNA content in oral mucosa cells from African-American and White smokers

4:00pm-4:15pm

Abstract Winner - David Haynes, PhD
Mentor: Anne Joseph, MD, Screening, Prevention, Etiology, and Cancer Survivorship
Using GIS to Model Utilization of Breast Cancer Screening Services in Minnesota,2010-2014

4:15pm-4:30pm

Abstract Winner – Adam Burrack, PhD
Mentor: Ingunn Stromnes, PhD, Immunology Program
Multiple resistance mechanisms in pancreatic cancer can be overcome by dual PD-1/PD-L1 blockade

4:30pm-5:30pm Poster Session Three and Reception