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Media Advisory: Cancer briefing for reporters to be held at MIT March 6

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Patti Richards
Phone: 617-253-2700
MIT News Office
MIT Cancer Briefing for Reporters

Thursday, March 6, 2008
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Broad Auditorium, Main St. near Ames St., MIT Campus (map)
Sponsored by the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

Join us March 6 for a media briefing by some of MIT's foremost cancer researchers, focusing on new ways of diagnosing and treating the disease. For more information, please contact Patti Richards, MIT News Office: 617-253-8923 or

Designing Solutions for the Next Generation: Why Now, Why MIT?
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Tyler Jacks, David H. Koch Professor of Biology; Director, MIT Center for Cancer Research

9 out of 10: How and Why Metastasis Kills
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Frank Gertler, Ross Scholar Professor of Biology
Tyler Jacks

Why Cancer Drugs Stop Working
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Michael Hemann, Latham Family Career Development Asst. Professor of Biology
David Housman, Ludwig Professor of Biology

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

The Big Impact of (Very) Small Science: Nanoimaging
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Angela Belcher, Germeshausen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering
Sangeeta Bhatia, Associate Professor of Health Sciences and Technology; Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Michael Cima, Sumitomo Electric Industries Professor of Engineering

Drawing the Wiring Diagram of a Cancer Cell
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Nancy Hopkins, Amgen Professor of Biology
Jacqueline Lees, Professor of Biology; Assoc. Director, MIT Center for Cancer Research
Forest White, Mitsui Career Development Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering
Michael Yaffe, Associate Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering

Synergy: Why Collaborations Matter
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Luncheon (Monadnock Room, Broad)

The Big Impact of (Very) Small Science: Nanotherapy
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Robert Langer, Institute Professor
Scott Manalis, Associate Professor of Biological and Mechanical Engineering
Phillip Sharp, Institute Professor

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Search and Destroy: Triggering the Immune Response
2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Paula Hammond, Bayer Professor of Chemical Engineering
Darrell Irvine, Eugene Bell Career Development Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Tissue Engineering
Dane Wittrup, Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering

Q & A with Tyler Jacks
2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Under the Hood: How Cancer Research Gets Done
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Laboratory tours

Reception in Lobby
4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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