Annual Scientific Retreat Agenda

Thursday, July 21

Tinkham Veale

2:00 – 2:15 PM

"Year of Accomplishments"
Stan Gerson, MD
Director, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center 

2:15 – 3:20

TED-style Talks

"Nurture Equity to Diversify Academia"
Angel L. Reyes-Rodriguez, PhD
Director, McNair Scholars Program, Cleveland State University

"Reimagining how we harmonize diversity and meritocracy"
Charles V. Barber, PhD
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs

"Snowflakes and Onions: Shaping Ideas through Diverse Experiences"
Ruth Keri, PhD
Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine
Associate Director for Basic Research, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center 

3:20 - 5:00 Poster Sessions and Reception

Friday, July 22

Corporate College East

7:30 – 8:00 Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 AM

"Strategic Directions"
Stan Gerson, MD
Director, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center 

8:15 – 8:30

Introduction and Vision
Alex Adjei, MD
Director, Taussig Cancer Center

8:30 – 10:10

Session I: Technologies/Innovations

Moderator: William Schiemann, PhD
CAB Member: Waverly Willis

"Contrast Enhance Ultrasound for Personalized Nanomedicine - From Drug-free Theranostics to Precision Drug Therapy"
Agata Exner, PhD
Professor, Department of Radiology, School of Medicine
Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case School of Engineering
Co-Leader, Cancer Imaging Program, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

"TIGIT as a marker of CD19 CAR-T call dysfunction in patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma"
David Wald, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, School of Medicine
Member, Immune Oncology Program, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

"Differentiation Defects in Mammary Epithelia of Germline BRCA1 or BRCA2 Mutation Cancers"
Mihriban Karaayvaz, PhD
Assistant Staff, Lerner Research Institute

"Wild-type IDH1 is required for meatbolic rewiring in pancreatic cancer cells under nutrient limitation"
Ali Vaziri-Gohar, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine

Panel Discussion/Q&A

10:10 – 10:30 Break
10:10 – 11:30

Keynote
"Cellular crosstalk in pancreatic cancer"
Marina Pasca Di Magliano, PhD
Maude T. Lane Profesor of Surgical Immunology
Professor, Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery
Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology
University of Michigan

11:30 – 12:45

Lunch/Program Breakout Rooms

Developmental Therapeutics (DT): Room 203
Molecular Oncology (MO): Room 204
Population Cancer Prevention (PCP): Room 223
Immune Oncology (IO): Room 224
Cancer Genomics (CG): Room 229
Cancer Imaging (CI): Room 230
Trainees: Room 205

12:45 – 1:00 Break
1:00 – 2:40

Session II: Microbiome

Moderator: Mahmoud Ghannoum, PhD
CAB Member: Michele Seyranian

"Alcohol Effects on the Gut-Liver Axis"
Gail Cresci, PhD, RD
Staff, Lerner Research Institute  

"Gut Microbial Metabolites and Host Disease Susceptibility"
Ina Nemet, PhD
Project Scientist, Cleveland Clinic 

"The vaginal microbiome and cervical cancer in women living with HIV"
Adam Burgener, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology, School of Medicine
Director, Center for Global Health and Diseases, School of Medicine
Co-Leader, Population and Cancer Prevention Program, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

"Microbiome-Host Interaction in Human Health and Disease"
William (BJ) Massey, PhD
Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic

Panel Discussion/Q&A

2:40 – 2:50

Break

2:50 – 4:30

Session III: Bench-to-Bedside-to-Population 

Moderator: Mariam AlHilli, MD
CAB Member: Yvonne Oliver

"Metabolite to nucleotide to physiology of sex steroid dependent cancers"
Nima Sharifi, MD
Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine
Member, Population and Cancer Prevention Program, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

"A ligand based CAR-T targeting multiple receptors for B cell cancer therapy"
Reshmi Parameswaran, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine
Member, Immune Oncology Program, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

"The Long and Winding Road from Lynch Syndrome, to TGF-beta-RII, to 15-PGDH; from bedside, to bench, and almost back again"
Sandy Markowitz, MD, PhD
Ingalls Professor of Cancer Genetics, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine
Professor, Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences, School of Medicine
Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, School of Medicine
Member, Cancer Genomics and Epigenomics Program, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

"Moving Discovery to Impact: Innovation to Increase Update of Cancer Screening"
Erika Trapl, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, School of Medicine
Director, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, School of Medicine
Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
Member, Population and Cancer Prevention Program

Panel Discussion

4:30 – 5:00 Reception
5:00 – 5:30 Program Leaders/Executive Committee closed session