Expedition Inspiration Offers Opportunity to Hear Latest in Breast Cancer Research Information via Live Stream of Breast Cancer Update Open Forum

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Sponsored by St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation, Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research’s Breast Cancer Update Open Forum is offered in conjunction with the 17th Annual Laura Evans Memorial Breast Cancer Symposium, which is an invitation-only conference featuring some of the world’s best breast cancer researchers.

The Expedition Inspiration Annual Symposium is truly a meeting of the greatest minds in breast cancer research–the ‘rock stars’ of the field,” said Allison. “It is a powerful event because of its singular focus on sharing ideas to move the field forward.

Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research invites the public to view the live stream of its Breast Cancer Update Open Forum on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, from 5:30-7 p.m. MST to hear the latest in breast cancer research from its website, http://www.expeditioninspiration.org.

The Forum is offered in conjunction with the 17th Annual Laura Evans Memorial Breast Cancer Symposium titled “The Role of Inflammation & Immunity Roles in Breast Cancer Etiology & Treatment ” and sponsored by St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation.

“Though the researchers specialize in breast cancer, the Open Forum has relevance for all individuals effected by cancer,” said Expedition Inspiration board member and breast cancer survivor Suzanne Pere-Mulenos. “In an exit survey of last year’s attendees, attendees accounted the Forum as ‘incredibly worthwhile’, ‘fascinating’, and ‘very relevant’ to the field’. We are so pleased to share this information with a larger audience this year.”

Symposium attendees and Open Forum panelists include Scientific Advisor Marc Lippman, M.D., Expedition Inspiration Medical Advisory Committee Chair Angela DeMichele, M.D., M.S.C.E., Nanette Bishopric, M.D.; Vincenzo Bronte, M.D.; Mary L. Disis, M.D.; Dorraya El-Ashry, Ph.D.; Michael Kerin, M.D.; Clifford A. Hudis, M.D.; Peter P. Lee, M.D.; Marc Lippman, M.D.; Andy Minn, M.D.; H. Kim Lyerly, M.D.; Alberto J. Montero, M.D.; Joyce M. Slingerland, M.D.; David Spiegel, M.D.; Katherine Drews-Elger, Ph.D.; Amy Clark, M.D., M.S.C.E.; and Andrew Dannenberg, M.D.

Expedition Inspiration Medical Advisory Committee members include Ronald V. Dorn III, M.D.; Julie R. Gralow, M.D.; Kathleen Grand, M.D.; Peter Kaufman, M.D.; Paul Montgomery, M.D.; and Michael Press, M.D, Ph.D.. See http://www.expeditioninspiration.org for a full list of Symposium attendees and affiliations from past years.

“This Forum offered through Expedition Inspiration’s Symposium is a tremendous resource to the people of the Wood River Valley and beyond,” said St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation Chief Development Officer Megan Thomas.

Nora Disis, M.D., will address the audience as the keynote guest speaker. Mary L. (Nora) Disis, M.D., is the Associate Dean for Translational Health Sciences in the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Pathology and Obstetrics and Gynecology at UW and a Member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC). She is the Director of both the Institute of Translational Health Science and the Center for Translational Medicine in Women’s Health at UW.

Idaho resident Dani Stern attended the Open Forum in 2012 after being diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer. “I’m willing to climb the tallest mountain and scream out to everyone that we’re not there yet, and my family depends on the cure soon, “ said Stern.

After attending the Forum, Stern was motivated to seek out the best medical care. “I just know a cure is around the corner. We’ve all fought too hard to give up now.”

To view videos clips from the 2012 Breast Cancer Open Forum visit http://www.youtube.com/user/breastcancerei and access the “Open Forum 2012” playlist.

The Symposium, held under the guidance of Marc Lippman, M.D., and Angela DeMichele, M.D., M.S.C.E., is an invitation-only conference that encourages the free exchange of current breast cancer research and ideas. Attendees include basic scientists, clinical investigators and practicing clinicians.

“This is an exciting time for breast cancer research, because we are on the verge of uncovering so much information about each cancer's unique drivers,” said Expedition Inspiration board member Kimberly Allison, M.D. “This knowledge should lead us to more targeted, personalized therapies that will deliver more cures for more patients.”

The attendees have intense working sessions to share unpublished information, analyze breakthroughs, recognize hurdles to finding a cure and discuss advances in treatment. After the Symposium, attendees continue to pool information and develop new cross-country clinical trials.

"The Expedition Inspiration Annual Symposium is truly a meeting of the greatest minds in breast cancer research – the ‘rock stars’ of the field,” said Allison. “It is a powerful event because of its singular focus on sharing ideas to move the field forward. There is nothing quite like it, and it exists because of Expedition Inspiration's mission and supporters."

Directly following the Symposium, past and current attendees of the Symposium will decide on the next recipients of the Brenda M. Williams Young Investigator Award and Young Investigator Award. The awards come at a crucial time in the development of the junior scientists’ careers.

“Our Young Investigator Awardees are extremely productive, resulting a huge return on their investment,” said Expedition Inspiration Medical Advisory Committee Chair Angela DeMichele, M.D., M.S.C.E. “What sets the EI Symposium apart is that it continues to be the only organization that supports young investigators at a critical juncture in their work.”

Young Investigator Award recipients from the previous year are invited to attend the Symposium and present their research to the senior scientists in attendance. This year’s Young Investigator attendees are Amy Clark, M.D., M.S.C.E, (Brenda Williams Young Investigator Award recipient) and Katherine Drews-Elger, Ph.D. The Expedition Inspiration Medical Advisory Committee selected the researchers based on a detailed application process.

“The Expedition Grant that I have been awarded will provide me with protected time during which I will analyze four different potential biomarkers for their ability to predict for response to an oral CDK 4/6 inhibitor that is currently under development,” said 2013 Young Investigator Awardee Amy Clark, M.D., M.S.C.E.

“Our goal is to find a surrogate biomarker within breast tumors that will help clinicians know whether the CDK inhibitor is a reasonable treatment option for metastatic breast cancer patients,” continued Clark. “In our studies, this drug is well tolerated and a preferable option compared to standard cytotoxic chemotherapy. Results from our study will be directly applied to Phase III studies examining the drug with or without hormonal therapy.”

The Open Forum sponsor, St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation, is a nonprofit organization with the mission to accelerate the advancement of innovative programs and services that fundamentally improve health care experiences in our community. The foundation has put more than $30 million in community generosity to build and equip the hospital and to support exceptional health care services and health well-being programs in the Wood River Valley. For more information, please contact Thomas at 208-727-8444, or visit http://www.slwrf.org.

The Annual Laura Evans Memorial Breast Cancer Symposium is central to Expedition Inspiration’s mission to find new cures and prevention strategies in the fight against breast cancer so the people we love—our mothers, sisters, daughters and sons—won’t suffer from the disease. The Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research, founded in 1993 by Laura Evans, is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) public trust foundation based in Ketchum, Idaho.

For more information, please visit http://www.expeditioninspiration.org, or call the Expedition Inspiration Fund office at 208-726-6456. You can also like the Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research on Facebook and follow @BreastCancerEI on Twitter.

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