Sunday, September 18
Professional Advancement Series Session
Organized by AACR Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR)
Session Co-Chairpersons: Chanita Hughes-Halbert, Abramson Cancer Center of University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, and Amelie G. Ramirez, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
- Jasjit S. Ahluwalia, Center for Health Equity, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
- Shoba M. Amarnath, National Cancer Institute, Center for Cancer Research, Bethesda, MD
- Chanita Hughes-Halbert
- Rena J. Pasick, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Francisco, CA
This informative Professional Advancement Series session will provide a forum in which students, postdoctoral candidates and junior investigators can discuss important career development issues, such as getting that first RO1, finding a good mentor and developing a research program, with established senior scientists. These topics will be addressed through a facilitated panel discussion. Although all conference attendees are invited to attend this session, it is geared toward early-career investigators. Advance registration is encouraged; onsite registration will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited.
Educational Session 1-2
1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Biobanking: A Tricky Endeavor
Session Chairperson: Peter G. Shields, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC
Peter G. Shields
Overview of biorepository best practices
Jim Vaught, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD
Biospecimen management: Special considerations for minority populations
Nicole Lockhart, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD
Collecting blood biospecimens from the Asian American communities through trust and informed consent
Julie H.T. Dang, University of California Davis Cancer Center, Sacramento, CA
How Do We Measure Disparities and Assess Progress?
Session Chairperson: Sam Harper, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
Conceptual and methodological issues on measuring progress
How we measure and track health disparities in the Healthy People 2010 Final Review
Makram Talih, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, Hyattsville, MD
Measuring disparities by level of education and insurance status
Elizabeth Ward, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA
Educational Sessions 3-4
2:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
Epigenome: Tools and Technologies
Session Chairperson: Bernard Kwabi-Addo, Howard University, Washington, DC
Validation and quantitation of DNA methylation changes
Approaches for genome-wide analysis of DNA methylation
Srinivasan Yegnasubramanian, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Tools for analysis of genome-wide methylation data: An application to prostate cancer
Joseph M. Devaney, George Washington University, Washington, DC
Developing molecular markers for solid tumor detection and the promise of epigenetic therapy
Malcolm V. Brock, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Perspectives on Race: The RACE Project
Session Chairperson: Yolanda Moses, University of California, Riverside, CA
A project of the American Anthropological Association, this exhibit is currently on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC
Overview of The RACE Project
Are we moving beyond "race" in clinical care?
Vence L. Bonham, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Genetic variation among populations
Kenneth K. Kidd, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Perspectives on the production of race and cancer disparities
Juliet McMullin, University of California, Riverside, CA
Dinner on own / Free time
4:15 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Opening Plenary Session
7:00 p.m.-8:15 p.m.
William G. Nelson, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Baltimore, MD
Distinguished Lecture on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities
Supported by Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Closing the knowledge disparity gap: From molecular mechanisms to interventions and back
Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
8:15 p.m.-10:15 p.m.
Special musical entertainment: Julia Nixon