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College of Medicine hosts breast cancer symposium

May 13, 2008

Physicians and scientists at Drexel University College of Medicine will gather to present the latest in breast cancer research during an interdisciplinary scientific symposium taking place at the college this weekend. Faculty from the College of Medicine will be joined by researchers from the university's College of Engineering and the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems to exchange ideas for future collaborations in translational medicine and applied biotechnology. The symposium will be held on Saturday, May 17 inside the Student Activity Center, 2900 Queen Lane, Philadelphia.

"This is an exciting opportunity to join with a cross section of professionals from the basic sciences, clinical departments, and biotechnology partners from our engineering colleagues at Drexel to exchange research goals and project ideas," said Kenny Simansky, PhD, vice dean for research at Drexel University College of Medicine. "The goal of this workshop is to encourage collaboration on breast cancer research among these varied disciplines and specialties."

Following is a list of speakers and topics to be addressed:

 8:30 - Registration, Continental Breakfast, Poster Setup
 9:00 - Opening remarks: - Drs. Kenny Simansky and Ken Blank
 9:15 - Introduction: - Drs. Jane Clifford and Lydia Komarnicky

Speakers and Topics:

9:30 Jane Clifford, PhD - DNA Damage as it Relates to Cancer
9:50 Diane Hansali-Delpy - Serotonin and Signaling in Breast Cancer
10:10 Alexander Mazin, PhD - The Function of Bloom's Syndrome Helicase
10:30 Break
10:45 Laird Jackson, MD - Molecular Diagnostics and Nanotube Technology
11:05 Mauricio Reginato, PhD - Understanding Breast Cancer Using 3D In-Vitro Culture Models
11:25 Moses Noh, PhD - Microfluidic Platform for Cancer Migration/Invasion
11:45 Ken Barbee, PhD - Cellular Mechanics of the Malignant Phenotype
12:05 Lunch
1:00 Wan Shih, PhD - Portable Low Cost Breast Cancer Detector
1:20 Elisabeth Papazoglou, PhD - Evaluation of Combined Use of EGFR Targeted mAbs in Breast Cancer
1:40 Ari Brooks, MD - Iodine for Breast Cancer Therapy
2:00 Lydia Komarnicky, MD - Re-irradiation of Intact Breast for Breast Cancer Recurrence
2:20 Break
2:35 Nikolay Popnikolov, MD - Mammary Stem Cells and Criteria for Diagnosis
2:55 Kristine Ward, MD - Dose Dense Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer
3:15 Rene Rubin, MD - Clinical Trial Accrual and Breast Cancer Patients
3:35 Workshop Summary and Future Plans: - Drs. Jane Clifford and Lydia Komarnicky

Poster Presentations and Reception to follow

For additional information or to register for the event, please email contact Dr. Noreen Robertson at 215-762-4889 or email