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Friday, January 29, 2016

Medical Lecture Series: Forging the Future of Cancer Care Through Innovation

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We’ve all been touched by cancer. All of us either know someone lost to cancer or fighting the disease. On Tuesday, February 9 at 5 p.m. at the Cultural Center Theatre, you can hear about the newest advances and breakthroughs by two leading physicians and professors from a world-class cancer institute.

The Medical Lecture Series is honored to host University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s presentation, Forging the Future of Cancer Care Through Innovation, with speakers Ronald A. DePinho, M.D., President of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; and Michael Curran, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Immunology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. DePinho (pictured at right) is internationally renowned for his research program, which has focused on the molecular underpinnings of cancer, aging and degenerative disorders and the translation of such knowledge into clinical advances. For his contributions to the study of cancer and aging he has received numerous honors and awards including the March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Scholar Award.

For years, researchers have sought methods of fighting cancer that save lives and cause fewer toxic effects than traditional treatments. Only in the last decade has immunotherapy’s true promise come to be understood. At the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, James P. Allison, Ph.D., named by the Houston Chronicle as “the scientist who just might cure cancer,” has demonstrated that the patient’s immune system may be the most powerful weapon of all.

Dr. Curran (pictured at left) was the first recipient of the prestigious American Cancer Society Levy Fellowship, which funded his postdoctoral studies in Dr. Allison's lab. Dr. Curran’s immunologic studies earned him the Society for the Immunotherapy of Cancer’s prestigious President Award. He has established an independent lab at M.D. Anderson where his group studies the origins of the suppressive tumor microenvironment and how these can be disrupted to facilitate immune-medicated tumor rejection.

There will be a cocktail reception following the lecture to meet Drs. DePinho and Curran.

This lecture is underwritten through the generous sponsorship of Michel Williams.

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