International American University College of Medicine in conjection with UT Southwestern Medical Center and St.Lucia Cancer society presents:
“Exploring the Microenvironment of Pancreatic Cancer in Pre-Clinical Models: Avenues for Discovery and Therapy”
Date: Saturday, May 29th, 2010
Time: 9 AM - 1 PM
Location: IAU Campus, Vieux Fort, St. Lucia
The Seminar will include discussions from IAU Faculty, UT Southwestern Faculty and St. Lucia Cancer Society members. The Seminar’s Keynote Speaker, Dr. Rolf Brekken of UT Southwestern, will discuss the Microenvironment of Pancreatic Cancer in Pre-clinical Models found through research performed in his laboratory.
The broad interest of the lab is to study the microenvironment of tumors with a particular emphasis on extracellular matrix (ECM) deposition and remodeling, regulation and manipulation of tumor angiogenesis, and the testing novel therapy. Relevant and robust modeling of breast and pancreatic cancer are also key aspects of studies in the Brekken lab. As such his group has become adept at not only evaluating and interrogating tumor growth but also at testing the efficacy of novel agents in multiple tumor types. Dr. Brekken’s laboratory is located in the Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology Research and he is also a member of the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at UT Southwestern.
Dr. Brekken grew up in Dallas, TX, received his BA in Biology from Luther College in Decorah, IA and his PhD (Cell and Molecular Biology) from UT Southwestern Medical Center. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Vascular Biology at the Hope Heart Institute in Seattle, WA where he studied how the extracellular matrix contributes to vascular function in and growth of tumors. He joined the Department of Surgery at UT Southwestern as faculty in 2002 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2009. Dr. Brekken is the Effie Marie Cain Scholar in Angiogenesis Research and receives funding from the NCI, DOD, NSF, and biopharmaceutical companies. He is an author on over 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers and is on the editorial board of Cancer Research and Experimental Biology and Medicine.
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