January 14, 2005

Mouse model consortium to meet here

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Mouse model consortium to meet here

Vanderbilt University Medical Center will host a meeting of the Mouse Models of Human Cancers Consortium national steering committee Jan. 19-21.

The consortium, which consists of 24 groups of investigators from 16 U.S. institutions, was established by the National Cancer Institute in 1999 to determine the usefulness of mouse models in understanding cancer, and to test new methods for diagnosing, treating and preventing the disease.

About 80 cancer researchers from across the country have registered for the three-day meeting, which is designed to review and prioritize consortium projects. The meeting, which is open to the public, will feature a symposium presented by several Vanderbilt scientists Thursday afternoon.

“This is a very strong group of participants from some of the institutions that are really at the leading edge of cancer research,” said Robert J. Coffey, M.D., principal investigator of the consortium grant at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and Ingram Professor of Cancer Research. “It's a great opportunity for them to see what is going on at Vanderbilt.”

The symposium will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday in 1220 MRBIII. Topics include the application of proteomics, imaging and chemical biology to clinical research, and recent advances in cancer biology.

A roundtable discussion of preclinical trials and testing in mouse models and their clinical relevance will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Doubletree Hotel in Nashville.

For more information, contact Ann Greene in the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center at 6-3989 or ann.green@vanderbilt.edu.