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

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

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.

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

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


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


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