200 Attend Lecture by Pioneering Cancer Genomics Researcher Dr. Timothy Ley

"The AML Genome" Attracts Largest Audience of Cancer Center Seminar Series

Dr. Timothy Ley, a pioneering investigator in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and cancer genomics, presented “The AML Genome” at the MCW Cancer Center Seminar Series on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013. The presentation, held in Kerrigan Auditorium, was extremely well attended; with approximately 200 people on-hand for the talk.  In addition to MCW faculty, staff and students, there were several AML patients in the audience.

Dr. Ley holds the Lewis T. and Rosalind B. Apple Chair in Oncology, is Professor of Medicine and of Genetics at Washington University, and serves as an Associate Director of The Genome Institute (for Cancer Genomics). 

Dr. Ming You, Director of the MCW Cancer Center, had this to say about the lecture.  “Dr. Ley gave an outstanding seminar on Wednesday, one of the best talks I have attended for quite some time.  He presented this complex research in a way that was clear and easy to understand, demonstrating how his team used whole genome sequencing in AML to delineate the causing mutations of the disease.  His insights on how to effectively use the next-generation DNA sequencing approaches in AML and, most importantly, other types of cancers, will greatly facilitate the cancer genomics initiatives at the MCW Cancer Center.” Dr. Ley’s results of large-scale sequencing of the AML genome will soon be widely available as the result of an upcoming publication in the New England Journal of Medicine. 

Dr. Ley’s lecture and visit was hosted by William Drobyski, MD, who leads the Cancer Center’s Hematologic Malignancy & Transplantation program.  In his introduction, Dr. Drobyski mentioned Dr. Ley’s commitment to the “dying breed” of physician-scientists and his role in supporting young physician researchers, including Dr. Drobyski himself.

Dr. Ley’s visit and lecture was eagerly anticipated by many MCW clinicians and researchers.  David Margolis, MD, professor and researcher in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, and Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, is familiar with Dr. Ley’s work and has attended his lectures.  He encouraged MCW faculty and students to take the opportunity to hear Dr. Ley speak.  Several of Dr. Margolis’s patients came to the talk, along with their families.  

Each month during the academic year, the MCW Cancer Center Seminar Series hosts a lecture by a nationally renowned cancer researcher.  We encourage everyone with an interest in cancer research and treatment to attend these important talks. 

The next Cancer Center Seminar is on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, when Rebecca Silliman, MD, PhD, from the Department of Epidemiology at Boston University School of Medicine will give a lecture entitled “Breast Cancer Care in Older Women: Treatment Through Survivorship.”  

View the full FY13 schedule for the MCW Cancer Center Series here. 




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