Cancer Retreat  

Department of Biomedical Sciences

Cancer Biology Retreat

Saturday, January 15, 2011
Baker Institute for Animal Health, Cornell University

The bi-annual cancer biology retreats are intended to provide a forum for trainees and faculty trainers to present their ongoing cancer research, facilitate informal interactions between cancer researchers and promote new collaborations, and establish an interface between the proposed training program and faculty colleagues from other units at Cornell University, including Weill Medical College.  These goals are accomplished through presentations by distinguished guest speakers, faculty trainers, and supported trainees and planning sessions focused on cancer biology activities at Cornell and collective grant applications, and career development and research issues specifically for trainees. Free online registration prior to deadline, January 7, 2011, is required and total number of participants is limited to 100 people. To register, click here or scroll down below.

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9- 10 a.m. Registration and light breakfast Lobby and Main Conference Room
10-11 a.m. Introduction:

Robert Weiss & Robert Gilmour

Faculty Lectures:

Scott Coonrod, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Baker Institute for Animal Health

Potential role for peptidylarginine deiminase enzymes in mammary tumor progression

Claudia Fischbach, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University

Engineering approaches for the study of cancer biology

Thaw Lecture Hall
11-12 p.m. Keynote Speaker:

Jeffrey E. Green, Transgenic Oncogenesis and Genomics Section Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics National Cancer Institute

Our Inner Mouse: applying genetically-engineered mouse models for potential target identification and
pre-clinical testing
Thaw Lecture Hall
12-1 p.m. Lunch Lobby and Main Conference Room
1-2 p.m. Breakout Sessions:

Trainee Presentation: Jeff Ecsedy, Department of Oncology at Millenium, The Takeda Oncology Company

Development of an Aurora A kinase inhibitor MLN8237 as a case study of translational oncology in industry

Faculty planning session
Thaw Lecture Hall for trainees and West Wing 124 for faculty
2-3 p.m. Trainee Talks:

Xuesen Zhang, Research Associate, Baker Institute for Animal Health: The novel role of histone H3 Arg26 citrullination in mediating the activation of estrogen receptor target genes
Hannah Bender, Veterinary Resident, Anatomic Pathology: Evidence for cellular transmission of Devil Facial Tumor Disease
Ian Welsh, Graduate Student, Department of Molecular Medicine: Identifying Pitx2 targets mediating the integrated regulation of cellular behavior in the dorsal mesentery
Jingwen Zhang, Graduate Student, Department of Molecular Medicine: Tissue Transglutaminase's Role In Brain Tumor Progression
Thaw Lecture Hall
3-3:20 p.m. Coffee break Lobby and Main Conference Room
3:20-4:20 p.m. Faculty Lectures

Tracy Stokol, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell University

Tissue factor in canine cancer

Xin-Yun Huang, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Weill Cornell Medical College

Developing fascin inhibitors to block tumor metastasis
Thaw Lecture Hall


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