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Wilmot continues its long tradition of bringing together scientists working in basic, translational, and clinical cancer research together to share exciting findings, new projects, and fantastic success stories.

The 26th Annual Wilmot Cancer Institute Scientific Symposium will feature virtual presentations from seven short talk competition winners, three Wilmot faculty members, the 2021 Davey Award winner, and a keynote presentation from Daniel de Carvalho, PhD (University of Toronto). Please see the full program below for presentation times and details. 


1:00 pm

Welcome and Introduction: Hucky Land, PhD


1:05 pm

2021 Davey Award Lecture: Paula Cupertino, PhD

 “One Size Does Not Fit All: How Community Impacts Your Cancer Research”


Cancer Microenvironment

1:45 pm

Short Talk: Azmeer Sharipol – IMV PhD student working in the Frisch Lab 

“Acute Myeloid Leukemia on a Chip”


1:55 pm

Short Talk: Joseph Murphy – IMV PhD student working in the Gerber Lab

“Exploring Neutrophil Dynamics in Pancreatic Cancer Following Combination SBRT and IL-12ms”


2:05 pm

Plenary Talk: Calvin Cole, PhD

“Elucidating the Mechanism(s) of Skeletal Muscle Loss in a Murine Model of Pancreatic Cancer”


Wilmot Fan Favorite Presentation

2:30 pm

Fan Favorite Short Talk: Erin Gibbons – IMV PhD student working in the Hammes Lab “Glycoprotein-NMB is Pro-Tumorigenic in Lymphangioleiomyomatosis”


Cancer Prevention and Control

2:40 pm

Short Talk: Evelyn Arana, MS, DrPH

“Decídetexto:  Proactive Versus Reactive Recruitment of Latinos into a Mobile Smoking Cessation Clinical Trial”


2:50 pm

Short Talk: Lee Kehoe, PhD

“Trade-offs among Quality of Life, Length of Life, and Treatment-related Toxicities in older Patients with Incurable Cancer”


3:00 - 3:15 pm Break


3:15 pm

Plenary Talk: Kah Poh Loh, B.Med.Sci, MBBCh, BAO, MS

“Leveraging Digital Health Technologies to Care for Older Adults with Myeloid Malignancies”

Genetics, Epigenetics, and Metabolism


3:40 pm

Short Talk: Madeline Jensen – Biochemistry PhD student working in the Wagner lab

“DNA Damage Repair and Tumor Suppressor Associated Protein Inhibits the Integrator Complex”


3:50 pm

Short Talk: Jennifer Twardowski - Biochemistry PhD student working in the Mello Lab

“Preserving Pancreatic Cellular Identity with Drug-Induced p53 Activation”


4:00 pm

Plenary Talk: Darren Carpizo, MD, PhD

“Mechanistic Insights into Pancreatic Cancer Dormancy”


Keynote Presentation

4:25 pm

Keynote Introduction: Paula Vertino, PhD


4:30 pm

Keynote Speaker: Daniel de Carvalho, PhD, University of Toronto

“Epigenetic Regulation of Endogenous Retroelements as an Emerging Vulnerability and Therapeutic Opportunity in Cancer”


5:15 pm

Symposium Concludes

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