The 4th Annual CCF Research Symposium, Solving Childhood Cancer through Collaboration, on June 5, will be host to a dynamic gathering of local researchers, advocates, students, supporters and survivors — those dedicated to finding answers to the challenges of pediatric cancer.
Rosandra N. Kaplan, M.D., Investigator, Pediatric Oncology Branch, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health, will be our keynote speaker. Dr. Kaplan specializes in tumor microenvironments, specifically for solid tumors in children and young adults. Solid tumors are known to be aggressive and recurrent, so she and her lab are exploring ways to attack the tumors beyond the traditional methods. She has been running a clinical trials to develop an effective CAR-T Cell therapy for these cancers.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
AS OF 5/7/19
Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
Giant Food Headquarters, 8301 Professional Drive West, Hyattsville, MD 20785
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Registration and Welcome
Session I: Metabolism and Immune Approaches to New Therapies
9:10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
- Christine Heske, M.D., National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health (NCI/NIH)
- Valerie Nguyen, cancer awareness advocate and survivor to sister Cecilia
- Grace McKay-Corkum, M.D., NCI/NIH
- Break – 15 minutes
- Nirali N. Shah, M.D., NCI/NIH
- Yiouli Ktena, M.D. Johns Hopkins Medicine
11:30 a.m. – 1:25 p.m. Lunch/Poster Session
1:25 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. Keynote Address
- Introduction: Aykut Üren, M.D., Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
- Presenter: Rosandra Kaplan, M.D., Investigator, Pediatric Oncology Branch, National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health
Break – 10 minutes
Session II: Brain Tumors and Rhabdomyosarcoma
2:40 p.m. – 4:55 p.m.
- Lindsay Kilburn, M.D., Neuro-Oncologist, Children’s National
- Vanessa Bishop, Medullablastoma survivor
- Antje Arnold, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Medicine
- Break – 15 minutes
- Harpreet Kaur, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Medicine
- Marilyn Kouassi-Brou, Research Assistant, Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center
4:55 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Reception
Continental breakfast, lunch, and reception refreshments will be provided during this event courtesy of Giant Food.
Thanks to a generous grant by The Kahlert Foundation, the symposium is free to attend, and includes breakfast, lunch and parking. A mid-day poster session provides an opportunity for every participant and attendee to review the research of the 2018 CCF Grant awardees as well as other poster presenters.
The entire day is FREE to all participants
History of the Symposium:
Launched in 2016, CCF annually hosts the one-day CCF Research Symposium. The brainchild of CCF’s Scientific Advisory Board Chair Jeffrey Toretsky, M.D., the CCF Research Symposium puts forth the belief that small local research dialogue will lead to substantial research collaboration. Regional experts (including nurses, doctors, therapists, etc.), advocates, and trainees have shared research and continue to advance the treatment of childhood cancer.
The 3rd Annual CCF Research Symposium “Today’s Research to Tomorrow’s Clinical Trials” took place on June 6, 2018.