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Cancer’s Last Stand? The Genome Solution

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Thursday, June 2, 2011
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Eisner & Lubin Auditorium

The deadly scourge of cancer has confounded doctors since ancient Egypt. Now, The Cancer Genome Atlas (modeled after the Human Genome Project) promises a new and powerful approach in this age-old battle. We joined a discussion including Eric Lander, Mary-Claire King and other leaders in the field as they described how and why the balance of power in the war on cancer may finally be shifting.

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  • Richard Besser

    Richard Besser is ABC News’ chief health and medical editor. In this role, he provides medical analysis and commentary for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms, including World News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, and Nightline. More »


  • Eric Lander

    Biologist, Mathematician, and Geneticist Eric Lander was one of the principal leaders of the Human Genome Project, which from 1990-2003 mapped the human genetic code. He has pioneered the application of genomics to the understanding human disease. More »
  • Mary-Claire King

    Geneticist, Humanitarian Mary-Claire King is a geneticist and the first researcher to pinpoint a gene linked to breast cancer, explaining why the disease is inherited in some families. A professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, she also researches gene regulation, human diversity and evolution, and the genetic basis for disorders such as schizophrenia. More »
  • Olufunmilayo Olopade

    Oncologist Olufunmilayo Olopade is a Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor and Associate Dean for Global Health at The University of Chicago Medical Center. Olopade graduated with distinction from the University of Ibadan College of Medicine in Nigeria and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Cook County Hospital where she also served as chief resident. More »
  • Siddhartha Mukherjee

    Physician, Author Siddhartha Mukherjee is a cancer physician and researcher. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a staff physician at Columbia University Medical Center. A former Rhodes Scholar, he graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford, and Harvard Medical School. More »