Annual Scientific Retreat 2014


Retreat Planning Committee
Mohamed Abazeed, MD, PhD; Goutham Narla, MD, PhD; Johnie Rose, MD, PhD; Nima Sharifi, MD; John Wang, PhD; Scott Welford, PhD

The Annual Case CCC Scientific Retreat will be held July 10 (4-7pm) and July 11 (8am-7pm). We will kick-off the retreat in late afternoon on Thursday, July 10 at the Wolstein Research Building with a keynote presentation by Kevin Shannon, MD from UCSF, an expert in Myc and RAS in cancer. A cocktail reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres will follow, allowing you the chance to network with your colleagues. New this year, there will be discussion of new members and their research, including poster presentations during the reception.

The retreat will continue Friday, July 11 at Corporate College East. We have a full scientific line-up of talks from Cancer Center members: Emerging Topics and Trends; Cancer Signaling and Drug Resistance; Cancer Genomics & Population Sciences; Experimental Therapeutics; Highlight on Innovative Awards.

A mid-day breakout for each scientific program to discuss new initiatives, collaborations, and requests for Cancer Center support through research pilot project and core resources will be one of the highlights of the day.

Finally, we will once again have poster presentations by students, postdocs and fellows. Poster judging will run concurrently with the cocktail reception. This is your chance to view the incredible research being conducted by the next generation of cancer researchers. Please encourage your trainees, fellows and students to submit an abstract.

Please plan to set aside the time to participate in this year's retreat. Register early, and we will see you there!


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Wolstein Research Building Atrium/Auditorim

4:30 PM - 5:10 PM


5:10 PM - 5:30 PM

Goutham Narla, MD, PhD

Introduction of New Members
Stan Gerson, MD/Ruth Keri, PhD

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Keynote Address: Preclinical Models to Test Strategies for Targeting Oncogenic Ras
Keynote Speaker: Kevin Shannon, MD
Introduction by Goutham Narla, MD, PhD

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

New Member Posters/Cocktails and Heavy Hors d'oeuvres

Corporate College East

7:45 AM

Breakfast and Registration Opens

8:15 AM - 8:20 AM

Welcome and Opening Comments

8:20 AM - 8:45 AM

Director's Overview
Stan Gerson, MD

8:45 AM – 9:50 AM

Emerging Topics and Trends
George Stark, PhD (Moderator)

The Image Based Risk Score: Predicting disease aggressiveness from digital pathology
Anant Madabhushi, PhD

Silencing Self-renewal in Glioblastoma by Targeting Cell-cell Communication
Justin Lathia, PhD

Role of IL-9-secreting T-cell Subsets in Tumor Immunotherapy
Qing Yi, MD, PhD

9:50 AM - 10:05 AM

Break/Visit Core Director Tables

10:05 AM - 11:10 AM

Cancer Genomics and Population Sciences
Lyndsay Harris, MD (Moderator)

The Genomic Landscape of Therapeutic Resistance
Mohamed Abazeed, MD, PhD

Genetic Predisposition to Aspirin Efficacy
Stephen Fink, PhD

CT Lung Cancer Screening of High-risk Patients
Peter Mazzone, MD

11:10 AM – 12:15 PM

Highlight on Innovative Awards
Robert Silverman, PhD (Moderator)

Induction of Cancer Cell Death by Selective DNA Misincorporation
Derek Taylor, PhD

Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting in Oncology
Mark Griswold, PhD

Rapid Reverse Computational Drug Repositioning and its Application in Cancer
Rong Xu, PhD

12:15 PM - 1:40 PM

Lunchtime Program Meetings

1:40 PM - 2:00 PM

Break/Core Director Tables/Return to General Session

2:00 PM - 3:05 PM

Cancer Signaling & Drug Resistance
Jeremy Rich, MD (Moderator)

The role of FAM83 Proteins in ErbB-targeted Therapy Resistance
Mark Jackson, PhD

Targeting Androgen Metabolism in Prostate Cancer
Nima Sharifi, MD

Development of a novel HdmX/p53 inhibitor
David Wald, MD, PhD

3:05 PM - 4:10 PM

Experimental Therapeutics
Sanford Markowitz, MD, PhD (Moderator)

Epigenetic Activation of Prometastatic Transcriptional Programs Dictated by the Tissue Microenvironment
Peter Scacheri, PhD

Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy in Solid tumors
Brian Rini, MD

p53: The Elephant in the Precision Medicine Room
Yogen Saunthararajah, MD

4:10 PM - 4:35 PM

Wrap-Up/Closing Comments

4:35 PM - 6:45 PM

Cocktails and Heavy Hors d'oeuvres
Trainee Poster Session & Poster Judging

6:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Trainee Poster Session Awards