2015 Annual Conference: Cancer: A Texas-Sized Problem

James Allison at 2015 Annual Conference
The 2015 conference program theme focused on cancer research, encompassing highlights of current problems, new mechanistic information, technology and therapeutic considerations for a disease that is now the second leading cause of death in the United States. The conference was held on January 22–23, 2015, at the Omni Galleria Hotel in Houston.

A program of internationally recognized experts presented their latest research and explored the current status of epidemiology, genetics, initiation, progression and treatment paradigms for this insidious disease.

Keynote Speakers

 James P. Allison

James 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 Pazin

Mike Pazin, Ph.D.

National Institutes of Health
The ENCODE Project: Interpreting Genomes Using Maps

Frederic de Sauvage

Frederic de Sauvage, Ph.D.

Genentech, Inc.
Targeting the Hedgehog Pathway in Cancer: From Bench to Clinic

Luncheon Keynote

Margaret L. Kripke, Ph.D.

Margaret L. Kripke, Ph.D.

Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas
CPRIT: Moving Forward

Judith A. Salerno, M.D., M.S.

Judith A. Salerno, M.D., M.S.

Susan G. Komen®
Blind Alleys and Better Care: Rethinking the War on Cancer

Program Chair

Bert W. O'Malley, M.D. (IOM, NAS)

Bert W. O’Malley, M.D. (IOM, NAS)

Thomas C. Thompson Distinguished Service Professor and Chairman
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Baylor College of Medicine


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