September 7, 2018
7:30 am - 6:00 pm


Huntsman Cancer Institute
George and Dolores Doré Eccles Auditorium
Research North 6th Floor

Event Co-Sponsors

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics and Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital.

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Emily Estheimer


Time Title Speaker

7:30 am

Breakfast & Registration

Outside 6th Floor Auditorium

8:30 am


Mary Beckerle, PhD - CEO, Huntsman Cancer Institute

Neli Ulrich, PhD - Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute

Session 1: Applications in Cancer Control & Population Sciences

Time Title Speaker

8:40 am

Seminar title: “Multi-Parallel Genomic Analysis for Characterization of the Genetic Landscape of Pediatric Tumors”

Tanya Trippett, MD
Co-Founder and Director POETIC
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

9:15 am

Seminar title: “Mitigating the Risk of Treatment-Related Complications in Childhood Cancer Survivors – Are We There Yet?”

Smita Bhatia, MD, MPH
Gay and Bew White Endowed Chair & Professor in Pediatric Oncology
Vice Chair for Outcomes Research, Department of Pediatrics
Director, Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship
University of Alabama at Birmingham

9:50 am

Coffee Break

Session 2: Clinical Applications

Time Title Speaker

10:10 am

Seminar title: “Redefining Therapeutic Strategies in AML in Children and Young Adults”

Soheil Meshinchi, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine
Full Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

10:45 am

Seminar title: “Stem Cell Models for Pediatric Cancers”

William Weiss, MD, PhD
Professor, Departments of Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, and Neurological Surgery
Co-Leader, Pediatric Malignancies Program
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Session 3: Applications in Basic Science

Time Title Speaker

11:20 am

Seminar title: “Development of Targeted New Agents for Children with Cancer”

Peter Adamson, MD 
Chair, Children’s Oncology Group
Alan R. Cohen Endowed Chair in Pediatrics
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

11:55 am

Lunch Break

1:00 pm

Seminar title: “Identification of Therapeutic Targets in Pediatric Solid Tumors Through Integrated Analyses of the ‘Omics’”

Elizabeth Stewart, MD
Assistant Member, Department of Oncology
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

1:35 pm

Seminar title: “Molecular Pathogenesis Of DICER1-Related Cancers In Children”

James Amatruda, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Molecular Biology, and Internal Medicine
Nearburg Family Professorship in Pediatric Oncology Research
Horchow Family Scholar in Pediatrics
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Session 4: Applications in Experimental Therapeutics

Time Title Speaker

2:10 pm

Seminar title: “How Pediatric Brain Tumors Evade the Immune System (And What We Can Do About It)”

Robert Wechsler-Reya, PhD
Director and Professor, Tumor Initiation and Maintenance Program
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

2:45 pm

Coffee Break

3:05 pm

Seminar title: “The Role of Comparative Oncology in Drug Development and Precision Cancer Medicine”

Amy LeBlanc, D.V.M.
Director, Comparative Oncology Program
National Cancer Institute

3:40 pm

Seminar title: “Normal and Neoplastic Stem Cells”

Irving Weissman, MD
Director, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
Director, Stanford Ludwig Center for Cancer Stem Cell Research and Medicine
Professor of Pathology and Developmental Biology

4:15 pm

Closing Remarks

Neli Ulrich, PhD - Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute

4:30-6:00 pm

Reception in lobby of HCI Primary Children's and Families' Cancer Research Center