2009 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         Welcome
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,

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

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

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

10:45 – 11:00am    Closing Remarks
Steve Case,  Chairman,  Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure