October 15, 2004

Meharry, VICC partnership set for retreat

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Mildred Stahlman, M.D.

Meharry, VICC partnership set for retreat

AIDS research pioneer Robert Gallo, M.D., and leading cancer control and health disparities expert Otis Brawley will highlight the fifth annual retreat of the cancer partnership between Meharry Medical College and the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

The partnership was formed in 1999 and funded by the National Cancer Institute to bring together the historically black medical school and the NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center to work together to address the disproportionate cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality seen in underserved populations.

The retreat will be Saturday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the 8th floor conference center of the Frances Williams Preston Building.

Gallo will present the first Dr. Philip Browning Memorial Lecture. Browning, a member of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center who died in June, was mentored by Gallo early in his career. It was Browning's experience in the Gallo Lab at the National Institutes of Health that sparked his interest in the HIV-related cancer Kaposi's sarcoma.

Brawley, associate director for Cancer Control and Professor of Hematology, Oncology and Epidemiology at Emory University School of Medicine, will also discuss “Population Genetics and Biology of Prostate Cancer.”

Other topics include a mini-symposium with the theme “High Throughput Analytic Method for Cancer Diagnosis” and sessions on the use of microarray technologies in ovarian cancer and bioinformatics in epidemiological studies. The event is free and open to anyone interested in finding out the latest in cancer research. Deadline for registration is Oct. 25. The form is available online at www.vicc.org/micc/annual_retreat.


Abstracts for the poster session must be registered and submitted by Oct. 22. For more information, contact Ketia Barnes at Kbarnes@mmc.edu or 327-6702.