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Virginia Tech Cancer Research Alliance 2022 Retreat

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March 18, 2022
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Retreat
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Special Viewing of "Jim Allison: Breakthrough" Documentary

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
4 Riverside Circle, Roanoke VA



Aligning Researchers with Resources

During the first Virginia Tech Cancer Research Alliance Retreat on March 18, alliance members will share their research, forge new collaborations, and learn from keynote speakers spanning veterinary and human oncology, and biomedical cancer research. After the retreat concludes at 5 p.m., attendees are invited to stay for a special viewing of the Jim Allison: Breakthrough documentary. Please submit an abstract to be considered for a poster presentation. The deadline to register or submit a poster is March 11, 2022. 

Retreat Schedule:
7:15 - 8:00: Registration
8:00 - 8:15: Introduction by Mike Friedlander, Ph.D.
8:15 - 9:00: Waldemar Debinski, M.D., Ph.D.
9:00 - 9:45: Mark Witcher, M.D., Ph.D.
9:45 - 10:00: Break - Poster Set-Up
10:00 - 10:45: Christopher Moskaluk, M.D., Ph.D.
10:45 - 11:30: Paul Carlier, Ph.D.
11:30 - 12:00: Lunch Break
12:00 - 4:00: Poster Presentation
2:00 - 3:15: Topic Tables
3:15 - 4:00: Muller Fabbri, Ph.D.
4:00 - 4:45: Audrey Ruple, D.V.M., Ph.D.
4:45 - 5:00: Closing Remarks by Mike Friedlander, Ph.D.
5:00 -  5:30: Break with Refreshments
5:30 - 7:30: Special Viewing of “Jim Allison: Breakthrough” Documentary

Keynote Speakers

Paul Carlier, Ph.D.  - "Resources for Cancer Therapeutic Research at the VT Center for Drug Discovery"

Professor, Department of Chemistry;
Director, Center for Drug Discovery
College of Science, Virginia Tech

Waldemar Debinski, M.D., Ph.D. - "Targeted Therapy of Gliomas"

Tom and Laura Hearn Professor, Department of Cancer Biology; Director, Brain Tumor Center of Excellence
Wake Forest School of Medicine

Muller Fabbri, M.D., Ph.D. - "Role of Exosomal MicroRNAs in the Biology of the Tumor Microenvironment"

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Associate Director, Center for Cancer & Immunology Research, Children's National Hospital

Christopher Moskaluk, M.D., Ph.D. - "Cancer Biorepository Activities: The Example at the UVA School of Medicine"

Professor and Chairman, Department of Pathology
UVA School of Medicine

Audrey Ruple, DVM, Ph.D. - "Comparative Medicine - Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks"

Associate Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Mark R. Witcher, MD, PhD

Mark Witcher, M.D., Ph.D.  - "Let's Get LITT - Glioma in the Time of Lasers"

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; Neurosurgeon, Carilion Clinic