Annual Scientific Meeting

Each year, Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure hosts a scientific meeting to give researchers, investors, policy leaders, and industry leaders the chance to discuss progress in brain cancer research. The meeting serves as a catalyst for innovation and allows scientists to form collaborations with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies that can drive discoveries from lab to the clinic.

2009 Annual Scientific Meeting

Thursday, October 1

Meeting Location:
Cavallo Point - Sausalito, CA

8:30 – 8:45am

Steve Case, Chairman, Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure

8:45 – 9:30am

Conversation with Anna Barker, Ph.D. Deputy Director, NCI and Max Wallace, CEO, Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure

9:30 – 10:30am

Thoughts On How We Might Best Go Forward From Here
Ron DePinho, M.D. - Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Tim Cloughesy - Director of the Neuro-Oncology Program and Clinical Professor at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

10:45 – 12:15pm

The View From Corporate Drug Discoverers
Ira Mellman, Ph.D. – Vice President, Research Oncology, Genentech

Georg Terstappen, Ph.D. - Vice President, Discovery
Research, Siena Biotech

Rob Macleod, Ph.D. - Executive Director Discovery
Biology, Isis Pharmaceuticals

1:00 – 2:00pm

Diagnostics And Biomarkers – New Developments
Jim Heath, Ph.D. - Professor of Chemistry, Caltech; Professor of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology, UCLA; and Director of the National Cancer Institutes NSB Cancer Center

Qiang Tian, Ph.D. - Senior Research Scientist and Stem Cell Group Leader, Institute for Systems Biology

2:30 - 3:00pm

A Clinician’s View - Turn Discoveries Into Personalized Treatments
Greg Foltz, M.D. - Director of the Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at the Neuroscience Institute of
the Swedish Medical Center

3:00 – 4:00pm

Air game – Two Pass Plays
Harry Gruber, M.D. - CEO, Tocagen, Inc.

Jim Olson, M.D., Ph.D. - Principal Investigator & Associate Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Friday, October 2

8:30 – 10:45am

Different Looks At Cells That Promote Brain Tumor Progression
Harley Kornblum, M.D., Ph.D. - Founding Director of the Neural Stem Cell Research Center and professor, Departments of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry at UCLA

Brent Reynolds, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of Adult Stem Cell Engineering and Therapeutic Core, McKnight Brain Institute, University of Florida

Jeremy Rich, M.D. - Chair, Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic

Lee Rubin, Ph.D. - Director of Translational Research, Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology

Dennis Steindler, Ph.D. - Professor of Neuroscience, Director of McKnight Brain Institute, University of Florida

10:45 – 11:00am

Closing Remarks
Steve Case, Chairman, Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure