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2019 Scientific Retreat

What is Your Why?

Thank you to keynote speaker Dr. Douglas Lowy, Acting Director of the National Cancer Institute.

Agenda, Presentations and Speakers

Click on the title of the presentation to download the slides, and click on the presenter's name to learn more about that speaker.

 8:00-8:30 am Registration and Breakfast
 8:30-9:00 am

Welcome, MCW Cancer Center Overview, Introductions

Dr. Hallgeir Rui and Dr. Jim Thomas, Interim Co-Directors, MCW Cancer Center

9:00-10:00 am

Keynote Address

Control of HPV-Associated Cancer by Vaccination and Screening

Dr. Douglas Lowy, Acting Director, NCI

 10:00-10:15 am


10:15-11:45 am

Cancer Prevention and Outcomes Research Program

Program Overview,Dr. Joan Neuner

Addressing Obesity and Lifestyle in Underrepresented Cancer Survivors, Dr. Melinda Stolley

Novel Opportunities for Anal Cancer Screening Among Men. Dr. Alan Nyitray


Q&A, Discussion


 11:45 am-1:00 pm Lunch and Poster Session
Poster presenters and abstracts available to download below.
 1:00-2:30 pm 

Cancer Biology Research Program 

Program Overview, Dr. Carol Williams 

Utilizing Genetic Models for Cardio-Oncology: Getting to the Heart of the Matter, Dr. Carmen Bergom 

Activating Anti-Pancreatic Cancer Immunity, Dr. Michael Dwinell 

Reprogramming Neutrophils to Control Tissue Injury, Dr. Ben Gantner

Prostate Cancer Radio-Pathomics, Dr. Peter LaViolette

Q&A, Discussion

2:30-2:45 pm Break
 2:45-4:15 pm

Discovery and Development Therapeutics Research Program

Program Overview, Dr. William Drobyski

Myeloma – Transforming the Approach to an Incurable Disease,Dr. Siegfried Janz

Cell Cycle-Dependent Epigenomic Therapeutics in Pancreatic Cancer, Dr. Gwen Lomberk

Turning Cancer Discoveries into Treatments, Dr. Brian Volkman

Q&A, Discussion

4:15 5:00 pm Cancer Collaborative Celebration, Poster and Pilot Awards, Happy Hour

Poster Session Numbers, Presenters, and Titles and Abstracts by Group

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Full List of Poster Session Numbers, Presenter Names, and Titles

Basic Science Posters

1. Chen, Changliang: Furin-mediated ovarian cancer progression and metastasis via IGF1R/Stat3 signaling axis

2. Chowdhury, Shreya Roy: SNRK-mediated metabolic reprogramming plays a crucial role in the initial stages of ovarian cancer metastasis

3. Du, Meijun: Plasma cell-free DNA genome abnormalities predict response to abiraterone acetate/prednisone and prognosis in castration-resistant prostate cancer

4. George, Jasmine: FXR1-mediated Oncogenic Adaptations via Post Transcriptional Regulation of c-MYC

5. Gronseth, Emily: Astrocyte secreted factors influence medulloblastoma tumor cell adhesion and morphology

6. He, Chenxia: Acetylation activates an alternative function of SOD2 as a stemness factor in breast cancer

7. Heimbruch, Katelyn: Cohesin Mutations in Core-Binding Factor AML

8. Jondle, Christopher: Gammaherpesvirus usurps host IL-17 signaling to support chronic infection

9. Maddirela, Dilip: Inhibition of HIF-1 alpha Sensitizes Primary and Metastatic Liver Cancer Cells

10. Miller, Bradley: p52Shc isoform of Shc1 controls breast cancer initiation and growth

11. Norwood Toro, Laura: Adverse Effects of Chemotherapy on Human Microvascular Function

12. Ibrahim, El-Sayed & Parchur, Abdul: Tracking nanoparticle mediated colorectal cancer liver metastasis ablation therapy using R2* magnetic resonance imaging

13. Parchur, Abdul Kareem: Site-selective Plasmonic Photothermal Therapy of Colorectal Cancer Liver Metastasis

14. Schlaak, Rachel: Identifying Hereditary Factors That Modulate Radiation-Induced Cardiac Toxicity

15. Sun, Yunguang: NSG-Pro: a next generation model for breast cancer patient-derived xenografts

16. Udhane, Vindhya: Enzalutamide-Induced Jak2-Stat5 Feed-Forward Loop Promotes Therapy-Resistant Prostate Cancer Growth and Provides an Exploitable Molecular Vulnerability

17. Yeo, Chay Teng: The regulation of oxidative metabolism by nitric oxide protects β-cells from DNA damage-induced cell death

Translational Science and Clinical Research Posters

18. Iden, Marissa: Defining HPV integration sites of unknown significance in invasive cervical cancer

19. Izaguirre-Carbonell, Jesus: Critical Role of Jumonji Domain of JMJD1C in MLL-rearranged leukemia

20. Johnson, Alexander: Beta-adrenergic signaling and Rap1 expression and prenylation during hematopoietic cell transplantation: a randomized controlled trial of propranolol

21. Kerketta, Romica: The Early Epigenomic Landscape of Oncogenic Kras Signaling in Pancreatic Cancer

22. Lu, Tongtong: Intraoperative imaging of breast tumor margins using a UV fluorescence scanning microscope

23. Singavi, Arun: Secondary Myeloid Malignancies after Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation for Multiple Myeloma are associated with a Distinct Mutational Profile

24. Sun, Fumou: Osteolytic disease in IL-6 and Myc dependent mouse model of human myeloma

25. Urrutia, Guillermo: Cell Cycle Dependent Inhibition of G9a Induces Cell Death via Replication Catastrophe in Pancreatic Cancer

26. Xin, Gang: A Novel Immunotherapy Overcomes Antigen Escape and Prevents Relapse (Poster will be presented by Topchyan Paytsar, the second author.)

27. Zimmermann, Michael: Process for molecular modeling and through next-generation sequencing of clinical cases

Population Science and Community Based Research Posters

28. Ajala, Christopher: Protocol of the Prevent Anal Cancer Study of Self-Swabbing and Novel Biomarkers

29. Anderson, Jeffry: Increasing Mammography Uptake through Academic-Community Partnerships in Ethnic Minority Communities

30. Engelmann, Jeff: Developing a Neural Biomarker of Smoking Cessation

31. George, Gemlyn: Patients’ perspectives on the definition of cure in chronic myeloid leukemia: A US based survey (Poster will be presented by Kathryn Flynn.)

32. Lauren Matthews: Promoting racial equity and inclusion in Milwaukee- Understanding and Reducing Cancer Disparities

33. Olson, Jessica: An Integrative Approach to Identify Biological and Socioeconomic Contributors to Cancer Incidence and Mortality: The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment's Cross-Cutting Component

34. Saeed, Hina: MRI-Based Radiomic Fingerprint in Cervical Cancer: A New Predictor for Progression-Free Survival

35. Thalji, Samih: Effect of Hospital Volume on Overall Survival after Surgery in Elderly Breast Cancer Patients

36. Zhou, Yuhong: Mortgage lending discrimination by race, ethnicity, and place: a national study of large US metropolitan areas

MCW Cancer Center Pilot Grant Project Posters

37. Battle, Michele: Novel roles for GATA4 in defining the squamocolumnar junction in the GI tract: Implications for Barrett’s esophagus

38. Bluemn, Theresa: ARID1B but not ARID2 is a novel tumor suppressor in MLL-AF9 leukemogenesis

39. Chaluvally-Raghavan, Pradeep: Unexpected Role of microRNAs in the Nucleus for Transcriptional activation

40. Neuner, Joan: The association of pharmacy fill synchronization with breast cancer endocrine therapy adherence

41. Spellecy, Ryan: Mistrust, the Obstruction of Medicine: Repairing the Breach between Medical Research and the African American Community in Milwaukee

Basic Science Poster Abstracts
Translational and Clinical Science Poster Abstracts
Population Sciences Poster Abstracts
Pilot Grant Awardee Abstracts