Cancer Convergence

November 12 -14
Health Sciences Innovation Building | 1670 E Drachman St. Tucson AZ, 85719

Convergence brings together physicists, quantitative scientists, cancer clinicians and bio-informaticists to come up with novel approaches to studying important questions in cancer research.

The Cancer Convergence Education Network hosts a convergence funded by Stand Up To Cancer and the NSF. 

Agenda

Tuesday, November 12

8:00 a.m.            
Breakfast – HSIB Forum

9:00 a.m.
The origins and propagation of cancers
Arnold J. Levine, PhD
Institute for Advanced Study

10:00 a.m.
Resistance mechanisms for endocrine therapy in metastatic ER+ breast cancer
Pingping Mao, PhD
Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School

10:20 a.m.
Network modeling of ER+ breast cancer identifies PI3K inhibitor sensitivity factors and drug combinations
Jorge Gómez Tejeda Zañudo, PhD
Broad Institute

10:40 a.m.
Cell non-autonomous interactions during non-immune stromal progression in the breast tumor microenvironment
Raditya Utama, PhD
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

11:00 a.m.          
Break

11:30 a.m.
Rational therapeutic combinations with BH3 mimetics to overcome cancer adaptation to treatment
Joan Montero, PhD
Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia

11:50 a.m.
Targeting the repeatome in cancer therapy
Mihir S. Rajurkar, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

12:10 p.m.
Old Blood makes data mud: Integrated scRNAseq and high throughput proteomics show strong effects of sample processing delays
Miriam Gutschow, PhD
Allen Institute for Immunology

12:30 p.m.          
Lunch Break

2:00 p.m.
Principles of epigenetics and chromatin in development and human disease
Ali Shilatifard, PhD
Northwestern University

3:00 p.m.
ImmunoGenomic medicine: Cancer immunotherapy powered by genomics
Benjamin G. Vincent, MD
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

5 – 7 p.m.           
Opening Reception, including light fare and beverage service

Wednesday, November 13

8:00 a.m.            
Breakfast – HSIB Forum

9:00 a.m.
Improved Survival but Continued Disparities: Prevision Oncology for the Future but Looking Through the Rear View Mirror
Edith P. Mitchell, MD
​Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson

10:00 a.m
Caregiving and Cancer on the Hopi Reservation
Felina Cordova-Marks, DrPH, MPH
University of Arizona Cancer Center

10:20 a.m.
Nuclear shuttling dynamics of FOXO transcription factors in single NSCLC cells in response to EGFR inhibitors to determine how these dynamics are translated into different cell fates
Julie Huynh, BS
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

10:40 a.m.
Mathematical approaches to quantifying tumor heterogeneity
Nicholas P. Henscheid, PhD
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson

11:00 a.m.
Thermoacoustic imaging and thermometry for feedback during thermal therapy
Ehab A. Tamimi, PhD
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson

11:20 a.m.
Novel optical approaches for endoscopic in vivo cancer detection
David Vega
University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences

11:40 a.m.
Wearable devices: Developments in intuitive technology for pediatric oncology clinical trial utilization
Elizabeth Johnson, BSN, MS
University of Arizona, College of Nursing

12:00 p.m.         
Lunch Break

1:00 p.m.
Your sixth sense: The immune system in health and disease
Mark M. Davis, PhD
Stanford Medicine

2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Evening Social Event at Biosphere2
 

Thursday, November 14

8:00 a.m.
Breakfast – HSIB Forum

9:00 a.m.
Predictive models of tumor infiltration and immunotherapy
Gurinder S. "Mickey" Atwal, PhD
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

10:00 a.m.
Elucidating the role of Ras and Mtorc2 in breast cancer cell migration
Shannon Collins, BS
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson

10:20 a.m.
Positive feedback among components of the Wnt/β-Catenin pathway imparts cellular memory in human colonic epithelial cells
Mary Jo Cantoria, PhD
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson

10:40 a.m.
Break

11:10 a.m.
Dissecting the molecular networks driving neuroendocrine tumors
James Lim, PhD
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson

11:30 a.m.
T cell clone dynamics under cancer and therapy
Yuval Elhanati, PhD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

11:50 a.m.
Lunch Break

1:00 p.m.
Breakout Session Leaders

Neal G. Copeland, PhD
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Nancy A. Jenkins, PhD
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Arnold J. Levine, PhD
Institute for Advanced Study