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Translational Cancer Research Bench, Bedside, and Community

Cancer cells can use many strategies to defeat the normal checks and balances of cell growth and death. Some cancer cells within tumors can resemble stem cells, an idea explored in recent research on the mechanisms of tumor formation, invasion of surrounding tissues, and metastasis.

These concepts were discussed by the researchers who presented at the 22nd Annual International Symposium of the Hunter College Center for Gene Structure and Function, held in New York on January 22, 2009. The day-long symposium included talks that ranged from the genetic differences in cancers among people of different races, to molecular mechanisms used by cancer cells for metastasis and the development of a molecularly targeted therapy for prostate cancer. Along the way, speakers also shed light on the disparities in cancer health care faced by minorities here in the United States and by people living in underdeveloped countries throughout the world.

Symposium Planning Committee: 

Chair: Jill Bargonetti
Professor of Biological Sciences, Hunter College, CUNY

Neil Bander
Bernard & Joseph Chaus Professor of Urologic Oncology Weill Cornell Medical College, New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Kenneth Offit
Chief, Clinical Genetics Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Clifford Hudis
Chief, Breast Cancer Medicine Service, Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

John Leonard
Richard T. Silver Distinguished Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology Director, Hematology/Oncology Clinical Research Program Weill Cornell Medical College, New York-Presbyterian Hospital

David Mootoo
Professor of Chemistry, Hunter College, CUNY

Hualin Zhong
Assistant Professor of Biology, Hunter College, CUNY

Louise Holmes
Consultant, Weill Cornell Medical College

Eric Alonzo
Graduate student, Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Program Leadership: 

Robert Dottin
Professor of Biological Sciences, Hunter College, CUNY
Director, Center for Study of Gene Structure and Function

Julianne Imperato-McGinley
Associate Dean of Translational Research, Weill Cornell Medical College

CTBR Staff: 

Denise Charles, Symposium Coordinator and Program Administrator for Communications and Outreach

Leah Abraha, Program Administrator
Megan Anderson, Program Administrator
Carlos Lijeron, Internet2 Facility Manager
Raul Morales, Network Facility Manager
Marlin Guerrero, Grant Accounts Specialist
Jeanne Waxman, Program Manager