January 22-23, 2015 | Omni Galleria Hotel, Houston, Texas

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The 2015 conference program theme explored the epidemiology, genetics, initiation, progression, and treatment paradigms of perhaps the most pressing current health problem of our society—CANCER.

The invitation list for TAMEST’s Annual Conference includes its members, member protégés, presidents and chancellors of the state’s premiere research institutions, industry and community leaders, sponsors and donors, special guests, and other prominent members of the Texas research community.

Keynote Speakers

James AllisonJames P. Allison, Ph.D. (IOM, NAS)
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Targeting Immune Checkpoints in Cancer Therapy: New Insights and Opportunities

Mike PazinMike Pazin, Ph.D.
National Institutes of Health
The ENCODE Project: Interpreting Genomes Using Maps

Frederic de SauvageFrederic de Sauvage, Ph.D.
Genentech, Inc.
Targeting the Hedgehog Pathway in Cancer: From Bench to Clinic

Luncheon Keynotes

Margaret KripkeMargaret L. Kripke, Ph.D.
Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas
CPRIT: Moving Forward

Judith SalernoJudith A. Salerno, M.D., M.S.
Susan G. Komen®
Blind Alleys and Better Care: Rethinking the War on Cancer

Program Chair

Bert O'MalleyBert W. O'Malley, M.D. (IOM, NAS)
Thomas C. Thompson Distinguished Service Professor and Chairman
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Baylor College of Medicine



Opening Reception: Welcoming 2014 New TAMEST Members


In 2014, TAMEST welcomed 12 new members, bringing the total number of members to 272, the highest level of membership in our history. Of these new members, 10 were elected to one of The National Academies in 2014, and 2 became members through their relocation to Texas. Two current TAMEST Members were elected to a second National Academy in 2014.