Sohn Conference: Pediatric Cancer in a Post-genomic World

(Kyle Matthews) #1

This looks pretty cool, and I plan on attending. (

Cancer continues to be one of the most challenging diseases to treat despite improved survival rates, with pediatric forms causing devastation to both young patients and their families. In the United States, cancer is the leading cause of death by disease past infancy among children and, globally, there are more than 250,000 children diagnosed with cancer each year. Advances in biomedicine have illustrated that the underlying etiology of pediatric cancers may be far different than that of their adult counterparts, emphasizing the need for more precise therapeutic options for this vulnerable population. As more pediatric cancer patients are surviving into adulthood, a greater number of late effects have been observed including cancer recurrence or secondary cancers later in life.

This 2.5-day conference will convene leading researchers, clinicians, pediatric cancer advocates, and industry and governmental stakeholders from around the globe to identify strategies for improving treatment of cancers among pediatric populations. Conference speakers will present emerging basic and clinical cutting edge research in epigenetics, mechanisms of metastasis and disease recurrence, disease risk factors, and diagnostics in pediatric oncology, as well as novel therapies and strategies to improve clinical development and treatment access.

Some solid attendees / speakers:

Keynote Speakers
Richard Gilbertson, MD, PhD
Director, Cambridge Cancer Center, University of Cambridge

Craig B. Thompson, MD
President and CEO, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Eric Bouffet, MD
The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

Stefan Burdach, MD, PhD
Technical University of Munich, Germany

Michael Dyer, PhD
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Nancy Goodman, JD
Kids V Cancer

Nada Jabado, MD, PhD
McGill University

Katherine A. Janeway, MD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Michael C. Jensen, MD
University of Washington School of Medicine Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Javed Khan, MD
National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

Andrew Kung, MD, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center

Elizabeth Maher, MD, PhD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

David Malkin, MD
The Hospital for Sick Children

John Maris, MD
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute

Yael Mossé, MD
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Charles W.M. Roberts, MD, PhD
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Michel Sadelain, MD, PhD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Evan Sohn
The Sohn Conference Foundation

Paul M. Sondel, MD, PhD
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine

Kimberly Stegmaier, MD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Matthew Vander Heiden, MD, PhD
The Koch Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Robert Wechsler-Reya, PhD
Sanford Burnham Prebys Institute of Medical Discovery