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Annual Advances in Cancer Prevention Lectures

2016 Keynote Lecture

Polyvalent Vaccines Targeting Oncogenic Driver Pathways

Portrait of Mary L. (Nora) Disis, MDMary L. (Nora) Disis, MD
Mary L. (Nora) Disis, MD, is the Athena Distinguished Professor of Breast Cancer Research and Associate Dean for Translational Health Sciences in the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine. She is a 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 also an American Cancer Society Clinical Professor and a Komen Scholar. In addition to directing work in the Tumor Vaccine Group, Dr. Disis is the Director of the Institute of Translational Health Sciences and the Director for the Center for Translational Medicine in Women’s Health at the UW.

Dr. Disis is an expert in breast and ovarian cancer immunology and translational research. She is one of the pioneering investigators who discovered that HER-2/neu is a tumor antigen. Her work has led to several clinical trials which evaluate boosting immunity to HER-2/neu with cancer vaccines. Her research interest is in the discovery of new molecular immunologic targets in solid tumors for the development of vaccine and cellular therapy for the treatment and prevention of common malignancies. Dr. Disis is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and the American Society of Clinical Investigation. She is also the Editor-in-Chief for JAMA Oncology, and is a member of several committees and task forces for both the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

Dr. Disis received her MD from the University of Nebraska Medical School and completed a residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago and her fellowship in oncology at UW/FHCRC.

2015 Keynote Lecture

HPV Vaccination: Preventing More with Less

A special keynote lecture became part of the NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention in 2000. This lecture was held on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 3:00pm at Masur Auditorium, Building 10, NIH Main Campus, Bethesda, MD. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Douglas Lowy, NCI Acting Director.

Portrait of Douglas Lowy, MDDouglas Lowy, MD
NCI Acting Director

Douglas Lowy is acting director of the National Cancer Institute and Chief of the intramural Laboratory of Cellular Oncology in the Center for Cancer Research at the NCI. He received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, and trained in internal medicine at Stanford University and dermatology at Yale University. His research includes papillomaviruses and the regulation of normal and neoplastic growth. The papillomavirus research is carried out in close collaboration with John Schiller, with whom he has co-authored more than 100 papers over the past 25 years.

In the 1980s, he studied the genetic organization of papillomaviruses and identified the oncogenes encoded by the virus. More recently, he has worked on papillomavirus vaccines and the papillomavirus life cycle. Their laboratory was involved in the initial development, characterization, and clinical testing of the preventive virus-like particle-based HPV vaccines that have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and many other countries. It is for this body of work that Drs. Lowy and Schiller received the 2007 Federal Employee of the Year Award from the Partnership for Public Service, the 2007 Dorothy P. Landon-American Association for Cancer Research Prize for Translational Cancer Research, the Sabin Gold Medal in 2011, and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama in 2014. Dr. Lowy also received the 2007 Medal of Honor for basic research from the American Cancer Society.

He is listed by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the most highly cited authors in microbiology, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine of the NAS.

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Past Keynote Lecturers

  • Photo of John P. Pierce PhDIn 2014, John P. Pierce PhD, a professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego and Director of Population Science at Moores Cancer Center, presented "How Do You Motivate Long-Term Behavior Change to Prevent Cancer?"
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  • Photo of Diana Petitti, MD, MPH, FACPMIn 2013, Diana Petitti, MD, MPH, FACPM, an epidemiologic expert on women's health and evidence based medicine, with posts as vice chair and spokesperson for the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force, presented "Screening Mammography: Science, Policy and Politics–The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."
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  • Photo of Walter C. Willett, MD, DrPHIn 2012, Walter C. Willett, MD, DrPH, an international expert in diet and nutrition, with posts as a Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and Chairman of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health and as Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, presented "Diet and Cancer: The Fourth Paradigm".
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  • Photo of Judith Mackay, MB ChB, FRCP (Edin), FRCP (Lon)In 2011, Judith Mackay, MB ChB, FRCP (Edin), FRCP (Lon), an international expert from Hong Kong in tobacco control, with posts as a senior advisor for the World Lung Foundation and the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, presented "Cancer Control: A Look to the Future".
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  • Photo of Andrea De Censi, MDIn 2010, Andrea De Censi, MD, Director of the Division of Medical Oncology, E.0. Ospedali Galliera Genova, Italy, presented "Cancer Prevention Therapy: Accomplishments and Challenges".
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  • Photo of Olufunmilayo F. Olopade MD, FACPIn 2009, Olufunmilayo F. Olopade MD, FACP, Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics and Director of the Cancer Risk Clinic Department of Medicine, BSD Section of Hematology/Oncology University of Chicago, presented "Clinical Cancer Genetics and Prevention".
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  • Photo of Patricia Ganz, MDIn 2008, Patricia Ganz, MD, Professor of Health Services in the School of Public Health, Professor of Medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Vice Chair of the Department of Health Services, Los Angeles, CA, presented, "Cancer Survivors: Charting an Agenda for Research, Treatment, and Quality of Care".
  • Photo of Barnett S. Kramer, MD, MPHIn 2007, Barnett S. Kramer, MD, MPH, Associate Director for Disease Prevention and Director of the Office of Medical Applications of Research in the Office of Disease Prevention, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, presented "Cancer Prevention: Distinguishing Strength of Evidence from Strength of Opinion".
  • Photo of Frank L. Meyskens, Jr., MDIn 2006, Frank L. Meyskens, Jr, MD, Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry; Director, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center; and Senior Associate Dean of Health Sciences, University of California, Irvine, CA, presented "The Promises and Perils of Clinical Chemoprevention: 1980–2030".
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  • Photo of John Potter, MBBS, PhDIn 2005, John Potter, MBBS, PhD, Senior Vice President and Division Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, presented "What We Know and Don't Know About Colorectal Neoplasia".
  • Photo of Waun Ki Hong, MDIn 2004, Waun Ki Hong, MD, American Cancer Society Professor; Samsung Distinguished University Chair in Cancer Medicine at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, presented "Convergence of Molecular Targets for Cancer Prevention and Therapy".
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  • Photo of Elio Riboli, MD, ScM, MPHIn 2003, Elio Riboli, MD, ScM, MPH, Chief, Unit of Nutrition and Cancer at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France, presented "Cancer Prevention: A European Perspective".

  • Photo of Leslie Bernstein, PhDIn 2002, Leslie Bernstein, PhD, AFLAC, Inc., Chair in Cancer Research; Professor, Preventive Medicine; and Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs at Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, presented "Cancer Prevention: Opportunities for Action".
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  • Photo of Frederick P. Li, MDIn 2001, Frederick P. Li, MD, Chief, Cancer Control Program, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Control, Adult Oncology Department at Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, Boston, MA, presented "The Identification and Care of Those at Highest Risk of Cancer".
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  • Photo of Bernard Levin, MDIn 2000, Bernard Levin, MD, Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, presented "Cancer Prevention: What is the Future?"

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NIH VideoCast

Thumbnail screenshot of Dr. Disis giving her presentation entitled, 'Polyvalent Vaccines Targeting Oncogenic Driver Pathways'.

Date: 07/21/2016
Runtime: 00:57:49

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Last modified: 11/18/2016

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