2020 Conference Schedule

Covid-19 Update:

As a result of the ongoing situation with Covid 19 we have decided to move the general sessions of the conference to a virtual format.  An updated agenda and additional details will be provided in the coming weeks. 

Welcome and Breakfast

7:00 amRegistration & Continental Breakfast
7:45 amWelcome and Conference Goals – Dr. Welm & Josh Newby
7:50 amPatient Introduction

Session 1: Keynote 

Moderator: Cyrus Ghajar, PhD

8:00 amBeth Mittendorf, MD, PhD | Read Bio
Immunotherapy in breast cancer

Session 2: Tumor immunology

Moderator: Shawn Zhang, PhD

8:45 amK-T Varley, PhD | Read Bio
MCHII expression protects from metastatic progression
9:15 amDavid DeNardo, PhD | Read Bio
Tumor immune microenvironment
9:45 amKevin Barry, PhD | Read Bio
Dendritic cells driving protective immunity

Session 3:  Tumor dormancy and preventing progression of metastasis

Moderator: Cheryl Jorcyk, PhD

10:30 amJulio Aguirre-Ghiso, PhD | Read Bio
Metastatic dormancy mechanisms
11:00 amBen Spike, PhD | Read Bio
Breast cell plasticity and adaptation
11:30 amKevin Roarty, PhD | Read Bio
Cell fate and tumor progression
12:00 noonLunch

Session 4: Research Without Boundaries

Moderator: Josh Newby & Alana Welm, PhD

12:45 pmJeff Rosen, PhD | Read Bio
Metastasis Models 
1:00 pmAlana Welm, PhD | Read Bio
Are there better ways to study MBC?
1:15 pmAlana Welm, PhD | Read Bio
Open Forum
2:15 pmBreak

Session 5:  New molecular targets in MBC

Moderator:  Steffi Oesterreich , PhD

2:30 pmSusanne Fuqua, PhD | Read Bio
Overcoming endocrine resistance
3:00 pmJenn Richer, PhD | Read Bio
AR antagonists in metastatic breast cancer
3:30 pmBryan Welm, PhD | Read Bio
Patient-derived models to identify new therapies
4:00 pmShort talk (Abstract)
4:15 pmShort Talk #2 (Abstract)

Poster Session and Reception

Reception at The Point

Welcome and Breakfast

7:00 amRegistration & Continental Breakfast
7:50 amWelcome and Conference Goals – Advocate Opening

Session 6: Keynote 

Moderator: Alana Welm, PhD

8:00 amDavid C. Lyden, MD, PhD | Read Bio
Systemic regulation of metastasis

Session 7:  Clinical Horizons in MBC

Moderator: Margaret Van Meter, MD

8:45 amChristos Vaklavas, MD | Read Bio
MCHII expression protects from metastatic progression
9:15 amGinger Borges, MD | Read Bio
Novel treatments in MBC
9:45 amVered Stearns, MD | Read Bio
Comprehensive Care

Session 8:  Selected Topics in Metastatic Breast Cancer

Moderator: Matthew Ellis, MD

10:30 amChuck Perou, PhD | Read Bio
Aurora USA
11:00 amAdrian Lee, PhD | Read Bio
MammaSeq and precision oncology
11:30 amAndy Ewald, PhD | Read Bio
Cell fate and tumor progression
12:00 noonLunch

Session 9: Advocacy

Moderator: Dan Welch, PhD

12:45 pmRachel Schiff, PhD | Read Bio
The story of HER 2 
1:30 pmDan Welch, PhD | Read Bio
Open Forum
2:15 pmBreak

Session 10:  Site-specific metastasis

Moderator:   Alana Welm, PhD

2:30 pmJaime Fornetti, PhD | Read Bio
Overcoming endocrine resistance
3:00 pmDiana Cittely, PhD | Read Bio
AR antagonists in metastatic breast cancer
3:30 pmShort talk (Abstract)
3:45 pmShort Talk #2 (Abstract)
4:00 pmAdjourn

Registration is Open!