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Challenges and Opportunities for Transformative Therapeutic Development for Ovarian Cancer

March 10–13, 2022

Chaired By

 Daniela Matei, MD of Northwestern University
 Kenneth P Nephew, PhD of Indiana University

Important Dates

 02/10/2022 -  Travel Form Due
 02/10/2022 -  Abstracts Due

Travel Agent Information

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 Hours: 8:00am – 8:00 pm EST M-F
 Domestic: 669-210-8002
 International : 623-516-6140

Venue Information

Asilomar Conference Grounds
800 Asilomar Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

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Program Description

Ovarian cancer is one of the most aggressive cancers and a major cause of cancer morbidity and mortality in women. Poor outcomes relate, in part, to lack of adequate screening procedures, late stage at initial diagnosis, intrinsic or acquired drug resistance, and the propensity to disseminate widely intra-peritoneally. These traits render ovarian cancer one of the most challenging diseases to manage, with cytoreductive surgery and combination platinum-based chemotherapy having remained the mainstays of treatment. However, in the past few years, the completing of the TCGA analysis led to a new molecular classification of ovarian tumors and novel therapeutic strategies advanced to the forefront. Although there are now more than 280,000 ovarian cancer survivors in the United States, long-term survival in late-stage disease has improved little over the last four decades.

Travel Information

Travel forms are due 30 days prior to the start of the meeting to allow enough time to plan transportation.

The Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) is the preferred airport as it is only 20 minutes from the meeting location.

  • Arrivals - Thursday at 1 PM, 3 PM and 5 PM
  • Departures - Sunday at 10 AM, 12 PM and 2 PM

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is 2 hours from the meeting location without traffic. The Foundation can only accommodate 1 pick up per day at San Francisco. If you absolutely must fly into San Francisco (ie: International Flights) the Foundation will have the following pick up times:

  • Arrivals - Thursday at 3 PM
  • Departures - Sunday at 10 AM

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Abstracts are due 30 days prior to the start of the meeting to allow enough time to prepare the meeting book.

Abstracts should be only one or two paragraphs outlining the theme of your presentation and should reflect the objective and spirit of the meeting (see above). Abstracts will be circulated about one week before the meeting. The meeting organizer will start requesting them a month before the meeting.

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Forum Participants

Participant Institution
Sarah Adams University of New Mexico
Mazhar Adli Northwestern University
Benjamin Bitler, PhD University of Colorado
Katherine Chiappinelli, PhD George Washington University
Kathleen Cho University of Michigan Medical School
Jose Conejo-Garcia H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
Katherine Fuh, MD, PhD Washington University
Daniela Matei, MD Northwestern University
Kenneth Nephew, PhD Indiana University
Heather O'Hagan Indiana University
Sandra Orsulic University of California, Los Angeles
Feyruz Rassool, PhD University of Maryland
M. Sharon Stack, PhD University of Notre Dame
Elisabeth Swisher, MD University of Washington
Yinu Wang Northwestern University
Rugang Zhang The Wistar Institute

Forum Scholars

Scholar Institution

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