EI Breast Cancer Symposium Leaves Top Researchers “More Confident Than Ever”

EI Breast Cancer Symposium Leaves Top Researchers “More Confident Than Ever”

Kent Osborne, M.D. presents his current research. Photo by Nils Ribi.
Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research held its 16th Annual Laura Evans Memorial Breast Cancer Symposium March 7-11 in Sun Valley Resort.The top breast cancer researchers and physicians in the nation gathered last week at the Sun Valley Resort to discuss current and forthcoming breast cancer research and their efforts to find a cure. The four-day event marked Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research’s 16th Annual Laura Evans Memorial Breast Cancer Symposium titled “The Metastatic Process and Novel Opportunities for Breast Cancer Therapy.”

The Symposium, held under the guidance of Marc Lippman, M.D. and Angela DeMichele, M.D., M.S.C.E., is an invitation-only conference that encourages the free exchange of current breast cancer research and ideas. Attendees include basic scientists, clinical investigators and practicing clinicians.

“I think this year’s EI symposium was our most successful. Not only were the presentations outstanding, but a series of collaborative interactions between investigators has already ensued, which will certainly hasten innovative clinical trials,” said Expedition Inspiration Scientific Advisor Marc Lippman, M.D.

The Symposium featured three days of scientific programs that included the 15 invitees and six Expedition Inspiration Medical Advisory Committee members. The invitees shared their current findings in 20-minute presentations and discussed future collaborations after each presentation.

Scientific Advisor Marc Lippman left the Symposium optimistic about the state of breast cancer science. Lippman said, “The outlook for women diagnosed with breast cancer is steadily improving. More than four out of five women receiving this diagnosis can expect to be cured of their disease. This is a direct result of innovative clinical trials performed over the past three decades. We are all more confident than ever that these exceedingly encouraging trends will continue over the years to come. EI can take pride in the fact that it and its supporters have been a significant contributor to these gains.”

Presentation topics included Kent Osborne, M.D.’s “Endocrine Therapy Resistance,” Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.’s “Breast Cancer and Depression,” and last year’s Young Investigator Awardee, Toby Ward, M.D.’s “Truncated ERBB2 in Breast Cancer.” This year’s Young Investigator Awardees, Chuck Harrell, Ph.D., and Patrick Morris, M.D., presented “Subtyping Breast Cancer Metastasis” and “Obesity, Inflammation and Breast Cancer,” respectively.

Directly following the Symposium, past and current attendees of the Symposium will decide on the next recipients of the Brenda M. Williams Young Investigator Award and Young Investigator Award. The awards come at a crucial time in the development of the junior scientists’ careers.

The public also had the opportunity to hear updates on current breast cancer research straight from the researchers at the free Open Forum, sponsored by St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation.

The Forum featured five guest speakers who briefly presented conclusions and advancements of their current research. The question and answer session after the speeches allowed the audience to have breast cancer related questions answered by the experts on the panel.

“This Forum is the single best way for me to remain current on the state of breast cancer treatment and promising research,” said Bill Boeger, Ketchum resident and System Director at St. Luke’s Health System.

The Open Forum is viewable online at http://www.ustream.com if you search “Expedition Inspiration.” The video is under recordings and titled “Expedition Inspiration Open Forum/2012.”

The Annual Laura Evans Memorial Breast Cancer Symposium is central to the mission of Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research, which is to sponsor the annual symposium to involve researchers in the free exchange of ideas to identify “breakthrough” projects and to accelerate the development of new, effective treatments for breast cancer. Expedition Inspiration also sponsors and organizes challenging physical activities for the purpose of raising funds for medical research and public education.

For more information, please visit http://www.expeditioninspiration.org/index.php, or call the Expedition Inspiration Fund office at 208-726-6456. You can also “like” the Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research on Facebook and follow @BreastCancerEI on Twitter.

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