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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 visit our CALENDAR. Click the tab for Distinguished Lecture Series then select date of the lecture you would like to view. To watch the video, click the link below the flyer then enter password : OETDLS (all caps) when prompted.

Distinguished Lecturer: Maha H. Hussain, M.D.
Date of lecture: April 27, 2018
Lecture Title: “Translating Biology into Therapeutics in Prostate Cancer: Progress & Ongoing Discoveries”

Distinguished Lecturer: Tyler Jay Curiel, M.D.
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, Ph.D.
Date of lecture: March 30, 2018
Lecture Title: “Targeting the pancreatic tumor microenvironment to unlock response to immunotherapy”

Distinguished Lecturer: Susann M. Brady-Kalnay, Ph.D.
Date of lecture: March 23, 2018
Lecture Title: “Receptor Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase Cleavage: A New Paradigm for Cancer Detection and Imaging for the Tumor Microenvironment”

Distinguished Lecturer: Louis M. Staudt, M.D., Ph.D.
Date of lecture: March 9, 2018
Lecture Title: “Precision Lymphoma Therapies Guided by Genomics”

Distinguished Lecturer: Jennifer Grandis, M.D.
Date of lecture: March 2, 2018
Lecture Title: “Head and Neck Cancer Precision Medicine”

Distinguished Lecturer: James Brugarolas, M.D., Ph.D.
Date of lecture: February 16, 2018
Lecture Title: “Renal Cancer: Molecular Genetics, Biology and Translation”

Distinguished Lecturer: Samuel Achilefu, Ph.D.
Date of lecture: February 9, 2018
Lecture Title: “High Throughput Surgery Using Cancer Goggles”

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

Distinguished Lecturer: Omar I. Abdel-Wahab, M.D.
Date of lecture: January 26, 2018
Lecture Title: “Understanding and Targeting Spliceosomal Gene Mutations in Cancer”

Distinguished Lecturer: Ioannis Aifantis, Ph.D.
Date of lecture: January 19, 2018
Lecture Title: “Transcriptional and Post-Translational Regulation of Stress Response in Cancer”

Distinguished Lecturer: Marian L. Neuhouser, Ph.D., R.D.
Date of lecture: January 12, 2018
Lecture Title: “Obesity and Postmenopausal Breast Cancer: Biological Mechanisms and Clinical Applications”

Distinguished Lecturer: Scott Woodman, M.D., Ph.D.
Date of lecture: January 5, 2018
Lecture Title: “A Comprehensive and Integrated Analysis of Uveal Melanoma”

Distinguished Lecturer: Oliver G. McDonald, M.D., PhD.
Date of lecture: December 15, 2017
Lecture Title: “Metabolic-Epigenomic Reprogramming During Pancreatic Cancer Progression”

Distinguished Lecturer: Danny Welch, Ph.D.
Date of lecture: October 27, 2017
Lecture Title: “Breast cancer metastasis: Roles of host and tumor cell mitochondrial genetics”

Distinguished Lecturer: Dr. Xosé R. Bustelo
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: Dr. Henry Rodriguez
Date of lecture: May 26, 2017
Lecture Title: “Omics Convergence in Cancer Research – Advances in Biology and Precision Medicine”

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

Distinguished Lecturer: Dr. Yoshiaki Ito
Date of lecture: March 24, 2017
Lecture Title: “Emerging Roles of RUNX Transcription Factors”

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

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

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

Distinguished Lecturer: Dr. Dean Felsher
Date of lecture: February 10, 2017
Lecture Title: “Oncogene Addiction and the Immune Response”

Distinguished Lecturer: Dr. Lee Helman
Date of lecture: February 3, 2017
Lecture Title: “Identification of new targets for the treatment of Ewing’s sarcomaT”

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

Distinguished Lecturer: Dr. Lee Ellis
Date of lecture: November 18, 2016
Lecture Title: “The Erosion of Research Integrity: The Need For a Culture Change”

Distinguished Lecturer: Dr. Mario Capecchi
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: Dr. Dennis Weisenburger
Date of lecture: October 14, 2016
Lecture Title: “New Insight into Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma”

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