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Scientists Represent Next-Gen Research at AACR 2018

TGen scientists attended the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting, April 14-18, in Chicago.

From symposia to poster presentations, TGen research was on display at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2018, April 14-18, in Chicago.
The gathering features the brightest minds and most innovative ideas in oncology with attendees from around the world. Close to two dozen TGen faculty and staff attended, including one of our own Ivy Foundation Neurological Sciences Scholars, Rita Bybee, a graduate of Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, who presented her poster as part of the AACR Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition.
"It was an incredible experience, one I would recommend any young scientist or undergraduate to attend," said Rita, whose poster was titled "Identifying the Context of Vulnerability to MLN4924 in Glioblastoma. "The most exciting part was meeting and talking with other investigators whose work inspired new avenues for my project here at TGen. I also encountered so many professionals, both early-career and well-experienced, who were willing to mentor the next generation of scientists and who really wanted to see young scientists succeed in their passions."
TGen research was featured in fourteen poster presentations, as well as two minisymposia, a regulatory and policy session, a clinical trials plenary session, and an oral presentation hosted by the Society for Neuro-Oncology. Saumya Bollam, a research associate in the Harshil Dhruv Lab, presented on 'targeting the TERT promoter mutation for treatment in glioblastoma.'



Dr. Sheri Skerget, a postdoctoral fellow in the Jonathan Keats Lab, presented new findings from the 12th interim analysis of the MMRF CoMMpass Study, the largest genomics database in all of cancer. Other highlights from AACR included an international meeting with Dr. Daniel D. Von Hoff and the Stand Up to Cancer Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team, featuring researchers from the Salk Institute, Mayo Clinic, Prairie View (Texas) A&M, Baylor, University of Texas Southwestern, Penn, Princeton, Barts, Cambridge and University of California at San Diego.


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