Event Contacts:

(202) 741-2210

Call to Action:
Join us on Friday, April 30, 2021 from 9:00am to 4:00pm for the 5th Annual Scientific Retreat! The day will consist of presentations by keynote speakers, selected abstracts, and a poster session. The program will include both basic/clinical and population science sessions.   
Who Should Attend? GW faculty, post-doctoral researchers, lab technicians, PhD students, Masters students, undergraduate students, and anyone within GW interested in cancer research.
9:00AM – 9:30AM: Welcome
Ed Seto, PhD,
Associate Center Director for Basic Science

Barbara L. Bass, MD,
Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Chief Executive Officer, The GW Medical Faculty Associates
Co-Director GW Cancer Center


9:30AM – 10:30AM: Keynote Address
Topoisomerases and Their Relevance for Cancer Biology and Medicine

Yves Pommier, MD, PhD
Chief, Developmental Therapeutics Branch
Head, Molecular Pharmacology Group, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute


10:30AM – 11:45AM: Concurrent Disease Focused Sessions
Breast Cancer
GWCC Cancer Genetics: A Unique Resource
Elizabeth Stark MS, LCGC

Breast Cancer Research Overview - Basic and Translational Research
Rong Li, PhD, Session Co-Chair

Breast Cancer Research Overview - Population Sciences
Kim Robien, PhD, Session Co-Chair
Gastrointestinal Malignancies
Molecular Stratification and Targeted Therapies for Pancreatic Cancer
Alexandros Tzatsos, PhD

Cancer Preventorium Concept at GWCC
Elmer Huerta, MD

Colorectal Cancer Research and Patient Care at George Washington University
Vincent Obias, MD

Emerging Surgical Techniques for Advanced Pancreatic Cancer and Cancer Impact of Liver Transplantation at GW Hospital
Lynt B. Johnson, MD

GWCC GI Cancer Clinical and Translational Trials
George Kim, MD, Session Chair
Oligodendrocyte Development & Migrating Progenitors during the Optic Nerve Development
Robert H. Miller, PhD

Migrating Progenitors are Susceptible to Hyperactive Erk Signaling Driven Low-grade Glioma Formation
Yuan Zhu, PhD, Session Co-Chair

Immune-enhancing Thermal Nanoparticles for Pediatric Brain Tumors
Rohan Fernandes, PhD

A Novel Mouse Model for GLI2-amplified Medulloblastoma
Yanxin Pei, PhD
Prostate Cancer
Prostate Cancer Radiogenomics
Shawn Haji-Momenian, MD

Prostate Cancer Disparities & the Circulatory Microenvironment
Norman Lee, PhD, Session Co-Chair

Prostate Stem/Progenitor Cells and Prostate Organoid Culture
Maho Shibata, PhD

GW Cancer Center Shared Resource Prostate Cancer Inventory
Sylvia Silver, DA

Prostate Cancer Screening & Race-Based Genetic Considerations
Michael Whelan, MD, Session Co-Chair
Tobacco Use and Related Cancers
Lung Cancer Screening & Thoracic Oncology Navigation
Meg Flood, RN, BSN, and Keith Mortman, MD, Session Co-Chair

Maximizing Reach and Efficacy with Digital Technologies for Smoking Cessation
Lorien Abroms, PhD

Policy Impact on Tobacco Use and Outcomes
Y. Tony Yang, ScD, LLM, MPH

Special Populations and Community-Based Approach
Debra Bernat, PhD

Tobacco Control Policy & Regulation in Relation to Alternative Tobacco Products and Related Use
Carla Berg, PhD, MBA, Session Co-Chair
Virus-Associated Malignancies
Lessons Learned from HIV to Improve Cancer Therapies
Alberto Bosque, PhD, MBA, Session Co-Chair

Addressing Cancer Health Disparities Pre and Post COVID
Sherrie Wallington, PhD

Association between Comprehensive Epstein-Barr Virus Serologic Profiling and Burkitt Lymphoma
Jeff Bethony, PhD

Cell Therapies for Virus- Associated Cancers
C. Russell Cruz, MD, PhD
Catherine Bollard, MD, Session Co-Chair


12:00PM – 1:00PM: Poster Session


Afternoon Tracks
  Basic & Translational Research Population Science & Community Engagement
1:00PM – 2:00PM Keynote

The Peter Pan Syndrome: Stalled Development at the Root of Oncohistone-Mediate Tumor

Nada Jabado, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics and Human Genetics
McGill University
The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center
Member & Trainee Presentations: Research Updates

Parental Influences on Tobacco and Marijuana Polyuse among Rural Adolescents in a New Market and Policy Landscape
Katelyn Romm, PhD

The Effect of the Washington, DC Cannabis Policy Context on Use Behaviors
Craig Dearfield, PhD

Community Outreach and Engagement: Requirements and Status Update
Mandi Pratt-Chapman, PhD
2:00PM – 3:00PM Research Updates I
Facilitator: Rohan Fernandes, PhD

Targeting Metabolic Variance and Plasticity for Breast Cancer Therapy
Jiyoung Lee, PhD

Genetic Ablation of Adipocyte PD-L1 Reduces Tumor Growth But Accentuates Obesity-associated Inflammation
Bogang Wu, PhD

Alterations Associated with CDKN2A/p16 Deletion in Squamocolumnar Junction
Jing Sun, PhD

Developing an NK Cell-based Immunotherapy to Treat Solid Tumors
Nicole Bonan
Community Outreach & Engagement Panel: Addressing & Impacting Catchment Area Needs
Facilitator: Mandi Pratt-Chapman, PhD

Representing Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at CNMC/GW
Carla Berg, PhD, MBA and Kathleen M. Roche, MSW, PhD

Representing District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR)
David M. Huebner, PhD, MPH

Representing Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness
William Dietz, PhD

Representing GW Cancer Center
Mandi Pratt-Chapman, PhD
3:00PM – 4:00PM Research Updates II
Facilitator: Jiyoung Lee, PhD

Analysis of Lung Cancer Biomarkers and Their Metadata in OncoMX
Amanda Bell, MS

NDNF Suppresses Lung Adenocarcinoma Progression through Regulating the TGFβ-SOX9 Signaling Axis
Shu Yang, PhD

Insights into Trim28 Requirement in Prostate Cancer Using Genetically Engineered Mouse Models
Ashutosh Yende, PhD

Serving Communities—Rethinking Methodological Assumptions?

Shoba Srinivasan, PhD
Senior Advisor for Health Disparities
Office of the Director
Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
Date Event Was Held On:
April 30, 2021 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM