Virginia Tech® home

2023 Retreat Program

Insert your title here

  Wednesday, May 24

5:30  to 7:30 p.m.: Opening Reception at JLABS (Collaboratory, Third Floor, Building 54)


6-6:30 p.m.: Sally Allain, MBA, M.S.

Sally Allain

Sally Allain, MBA, M.S.

Head of JLABS @ Washington, D.C.

  Thursday, May 25

  7:15 - 7:45 a.m.: Coffee and Continental Breakfast (Auditorium Reception Area, Building 52, Conference Theatre)

8 - 8:30 a.m.: Introductions - Michael Friedlander, Ph.D., and Vittorio Gallo, Ph.D.

Michael Friedlander, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC; Vice President, Health Sciences and Technology, Virginia Tech

Vittorio Gallo, Ph.D. 

Interim Chief Academic Officer, Children’s National Hospital; Interim Director, Children’s National Research Institute 

8:30 - 9 a.m.: Carla Finkielstein, Ph.D.

"Circadian Control of Checkpoint Signaling and Tumor Growth"

Carla Finkielstein, Ph.D.

Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC; Co-director, Virginia Tech Cancer Research Alliance

9 - 9:30 a.m.: Catherine Bollard, M.D., MBBCH

"Cell Therapies for Pediatric Solid Tumors- Beyond Conventional CAR-T"

Catherine Bollard, M.D., MBBCH

Director, Center for Cancer and Immunology Research at the Children’s National Research Institute; Director, Program for Cell Enhancement and Technologies for Immunotherapy, Children's National Research Institute

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.: Eli Vlaisavljevich, Ph.D.

"Non-invasive Tumor Ablation Using Histotripsy: Basic Mechanisms, Clinical Translation, and Emerging Applications"

Eli Vlaisavljevich, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech

  10 - 10:15 a.m.: Coffee Break; Poster Set-up  (Auditorium Reception Area)

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.: Joanne Tuohy, DVM, Ph.D.

"Developing Histotripsy and H-FIRE for Osteosarcoma and Lung Cancers"

Joanne Tuohy, DVM, Ph.D. 

Developing Histotripsy and H-FIRE for Osteosarcoma and Lung Cancers

Assistant Professor, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences and Animal Cancer Care and Research Center, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine; Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal)

10:45 - 11 a.m.: Liwu Li, Ph.D.

"Reprogramming of Innate Immune Memory in the Treatment of Cancer"

Liwu Li, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science; Director, Program in Genetics, Biotechnology & Computational Biology, Virginia Tech

  11:15 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Lunch and Poster Presentations (3rd Floor Collaboratory)

1 - 1:30 p.m.: Kathleen Mulvaney, Ph.D.

"PRMT5 Substrate Recruitment as a Therapeutic Target in CDKN2A/MTAP Null Cancer"

Kathleen Mulvaney, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC

1:30 - 2 p.m.: Eugene Hwang, Ph.D.

"How Can We Help Immunotherapy Beat Back Pediatric Brain Cancers? A Brief Review of Novel Challenges and Strategies"

Eugene Hwang, M.D.

Associate Division Chief, Oncology;  Principal Investigator of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium, Children's National Hospital

  2:50 - 3 p.m.: Closing Remarks