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Distinguished Lecture Series

Sylvester’s Distinguished Guest Lecture Series provides a forum for outstanding clinical and translational researcher guest lecturers to interact and ultimately collaborate with Sylvester faculty. The focus of the series is to bring basic science and clinical researchers together to discuss recent advances in the understanding and treatment of human cancer – a realization of the “bench to bedside” ideal. The audience is typically a mix of clinicians, clinical researchers, basic scientists, and physician scientists.

For UM faculty, staff and students who would like to view the video of these lectures, please click on the ones with (*) next to the name of the presenter.  You can also visit our Distinguished Lecture Series channel on Office 365 Stream by searching for DLS (login required).

Distinguished Lecturer: Alex Kentsis, MD, PhD*
Date of lecture: September 13, 2019
Lecture Title: “Jumping Genes and Proteomics for New Cancer Therapies"

Distinguished Lecturer: Paolo Sassone-Corsi, PhD*
Date of lecture: May 10, 2019
Lecture Title: “The Epigenetics Language of Circadian Metabolism"

Distinguished Lecturer: Cathrine Hoyo, PhD*
Date of lecture: April 5, 2019
Lecture Title: “Trace Metals, Liver Cancer Susceptibility and Epigenomics"

Distinguished Lecturer: Mary J.C. Hendrix, PhD*
Date of lecture: March 15, 2019
Lecture Title: “Targeting the Stem Cell Phenotype of Aggressive Cancer Cells

Distinguished Lecturer: J. Michael Oakes, PhD*
Date of lecture: February 22, 2019
Lecture Title: “Community-Engaged Research Leadership: The RWJF IRL Program

Distinguished Lecturer: Eirini Papapetrou, MD, PhD*
Date of lecture: February 1, 2019
Lecture Title: “Modeling Leukemia Stem Cells and Clonal Evolution with Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Distinguished Lecturer: Iman Osman, MD*
Date of lecture: December 7, 2018
Lecture Title: “Moving Forward in the New Era of Effective Melanoma Systemic Therapy

Distinguished Lecturer: Jonathan D. Licht, MD*
Date of lecture: November 2, 2018
Lecture Title: “Disorders of Histone Methylation in Hematological Malignancy

Distinguished Lecturer: Marc Ladanyi, MD*
Date of lecture: October 19, 2018
Lecture Title: “Clinical Tumor: Normal Genomic Profiling to Guide Patient Selection for Targeted and Immune Therapies and Screen for Germline Cancer Predisposition and Clonal Hematopoiesis

Distinguished Lecturer: Maciej Wiznerowicz, MD, PhD*
Date of lecture: October 5, 2018
Lecture Title: “Cancer Stemness as Hallmark of Oncogenic Progression

Distinguished Lecturer: Maha Hussain, MD*
Date of lecture: April 27, 2018
Lecture Title: “Translating Biology into Therapeutics in Prostate Cancer: Progress & Ongoing Discoveries

Distinguished Lecturer: Tyler Curiel, MD*
Date of lecture: April 20, 2018
Lecture Title: "Novel Tumor Intrinsic PD-L1/PD-1 Signals: Revising the Immune Checkpoint Paradigm"

Distinguished Lecturer: David DeNardo, PhD
Date of lecture: March 30, 2018
Lecture Title: “Targeting the pancreatic tumor microenvironment to unlock response to immunotherapy

Distinguished Lecturer: Susann Brady-Kalnay, PhD*
Date of lecture: March 23, 2018
Lecture Title: “Detection of tumors by PTPmu molecular imaging agents

Distinguished Lecturer: Louis M. Staudt, MD, PhD*
Date of lecture: March 9, 2018
Lecture Title: “Precision Lymphoma Therapies Guided by Genomics

Distinguished Lecturer: Jennifer Grandis, MD*
Date of lecture: March 2, 2018
Lecture Title: “Head and Neck Cancer Precision Medicine

Distinguished Lecturer: James Brugarolas, MD, PhD*
Date of lecture: February 16, 2018
Lecture Title: “Molecular Genetics, Biology and Translation

Distinguished Lecturer: Samuel Achilefu, PhD*
Date of lecture: February 9, 2018
Lecture Title: “High Throughput Surgery Using Cancer Goggles

Distinguished Lecturer: John E. Dick, PhD*
Date of lecture: February 1, 2018
Lecture Title: “Stem Cells in Leukemia Matter from the Beginning to the End

Distinguished Lecturer: Omar Abdel-Wahab, MD*
Date of lecture: January 26, 2018
Lecture Title: "Understanding and Targeting Spliceosomal Gene Mutations in Cancer"

Distinguished Lecturer: Iannis Aifantis, PhD*
Date of lecture: January 19, 2018
Lecture Title: “Transcriptional and Post-Translational Regulation of Stress Response in Cancer

Distinguished Lecturer: Marian L. Neuhouser, PhD, RD*
Date of lecture: January 12, 2018
Lecture Title: “Obesity and Postmenopausal Breast Cancer: Biological Mechanisms and Clinical Applications

Distinguished Lecturer: Scott Woodman, MD, PhD*
Date of lecture: January 5, 2018
Lecture Title: “A Comprehensive and Integrated Analysis of Uveal Melanoma

Distinguished Lecturer: Oliver McDonald MD, PhD*
Date of lecture: December 15, 2017
Lecture Title: “Metabolic-Epigenomic Reprogramming During Pancreatic Cancer Progression"

Distinguished Lecturer: Danny Welch, PhD*
Date of lecture: October 27, 2017
Lecture Title: “Breast Cancer Metastasis: Role of Host and Tumor Cell Mitochondrial Genetics

Distinguished Lecturer: Xosé R. Bustelo, PhD
Date of lecture: June 16, 2017
Lecture Title: “Bivalent Roles of Vav Oncoproteins in Cancer: Genetic Evidence and Potential Translation to Human Settings"

Distinguished Lecturer: Henry Rodriguez, PhD
Date of lecture: May 26, 2017
Lecture Title: “Omics Convergence in Cancer Research - Advances in Biology and Precision Medicine

Distinguished Lecturer: Massimo Loda, MD*
Date of lecture: April 28, 2017
Lecture Title: “Metabolic Dependencies in Prostate cancer: Regulation and Targeting of Lipogenesis

Distinguished Lecturer: Dr. Stephen J Weiss
Date of lecture: April 25, 2017
Lecture Title: “Breast Cancer Initiation & Progression: Interplay of Transcription Factor and Proteolytic Effector Networks

Distinguished Lecturer: Ajay Goel, PhD
Date of lecture: April 18, 2017
Lecture Title: “Noncoding RNAs as Liquid Biopsy Biomarkers in Gastrointestinal Cancer

Distinguished Lecturer: Yoshiaki Ito, MD, PhD*
Date of lecture: March 24, 2017
Lecture Title: “Emerging Roles of RUNX Transcription Factors

Distinguished Lecturer: Daniel Starczynowski, PhD*
Date of lecture: March 17, 2017
Lecture Title: “Modeling and Targeting Innate Immune Signaling Pathways in Hematologic Malignancies

Distinguished Lecturer: Ross Levine, MD*
Date of lecture: March 3, 2017
Lecture Title: “Role of mutations in epigenetic regulators in myeloid leukemogenesis and targeted therapy

Distinguished Lecturer: Ulrich Steidl, MD, PhD*
Date of lecture: February 17, 2017
Lecture Title: “Mechanisms of Formation and Progression of Pre-Cancerous Stem Cells

Distinguished Lecturer: Dean Felsher, MD, PhD*
Date of lecture: February 10, 2017
Lecture Title: “Oncogene Addiction and the Immune Response

Distinguished Lecturer: Lee Helman, MD*
Date of lecture: February 3, 2017
Lecture Title: “Identification of new targets for the treatment of Ewing’s Sarcoma

Distinguished Lecturer: Craig Moskowitz, MD*
Date of lecture: January 20, 2017
Lecture Title: “Relapsed/Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma 2017

Distinguished Lecturer: Lee Ellis, MD, FACS, FASCO*
Date of lecture: November 18, 2016
Lecture Title: “The Erosion of Research Integrity: The Need For a Culture Change

Distinguished Lecturer: Mario Capecchi, PhD*
Date of lecture: November 11, 2016
Lecture Title: “Gene Targeting into the 21st Century: Mouse Models of Human Disease from Cancer to Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Distinguished Lecturer: Dennis Weisenburger, MD*
Date of lecture: October 14, 2016
Lecture Title: “New Insight into Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma

Distinguished Lecturer: Rick Kittles, PhD*
Date of lecture: September 23, 2016
Lecture Title: “The Use of Genetic Ancestry to Understand Cancer Disparities