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Thursday, April 28

9:45am CDT

American Association for Cancer Research/ONS Research Session: Epigenetics and Cancer

Epigenetic mechanisms control gene expression without changing the DNA sequence itself. Recent research progress has shown that epigenetic pathways may provide new therapeutic avenues in cancer. It is now apparent that changes in epigenetic control of gene expression in cancer cells, and surrounding cells in the tumor microenvironment, play a fundamental role in driving tumor development, as well as response to chemotherapy and immune treatment. Come to understand epigenetic effector pathways involved in tumor biology and new approaches to target these pathways in cancer treatment.


  1. Understand epigenetic pathways in cancer.
  2. Discuss current research in the area of epigenetics in cancer.
  3. Describe how epigenetic pathways can be targeted for new cancer therapies.

avatar for Peter Jones, PhD, DSc

Peter Jones, PhD, DSc

Research Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Van Andel Research Institute
avatar for Wendy Henderson, CRNP, MSN, PhD

Wendy Henderson, CRNP, MSN, PhD

Investigator & Chief Digestive Disorders Unit Biobehavioral Branch, Division of Intramural Research National Institute of Nursing Research National Institutes of Health Department of Health and Human Services

Thursday April 28, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am CDT

2:45pm CDT


Grasping the relationship between cancer and the immune system is complicated, but it is key to understanding the growing field of immunology and personalized medicine. Gain insight on how you can learn to help the body's immune system control cancer.


Thursday April 28, 2016 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
Stars at Night Ballroom 4
Friday, April 29

4:15pm CDT

American Association for Cancer Research/ONS Bench to Bedside: The Role of Inflammation in Cancer (and the Tumor Microenvironment)

How is inflammation linked to cancer and why does it matter? Join this bench-to-bedside journey exploring how chronic inflammation increases the risk for cancer, contributes to adverse events during cancer therapies, and impacts treatment outcomes. The integral role of the immune system will be addressed through exploration of the influence of inflammation on the cancer microenvironment and its role in cancer metastasis. You’ll analyze how lifestyle factors and the environment contribute to chronic inflammation and discover what your patients can do about it.


  1. Describe contributors to and consequences of chronic inflammation in cancer formation, metastasis, treatment effects, and outcomes.
  2. Discuss pathways between the immune system, inflammation, and the cancer microenvironment.
  3. Educate patients on lifestyle modifications that can decrease or prevent inflammation.

avatar for Marilyn Hammer, PhD, DC, RN

Marilyn Hammer, PhD, DC, RN

Assistant Professor, New York University

Friday April 29, 2016 4:15pm - 5:30pm CDT
Stars at Night Ballroom 1-3
Saturday, April 30

2:45pm CDT

Vaccination: Prevent, Protect, Immunize

Infection in immunocompromised patients often results in increased morbidity and/or mortality, but prevention and protection can be provided through both active and passive immunization. Although most opportunistic infections are not routinely preventable by vaccines, many other community-based infections are avoidable. Do you know if your patients are adequately protected? Do you know the recommended timing of immunizations? Follow patient case studies through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery to see the vital importance of vaccinations for not only for the patient, but also family, friends, and healthcare workers. Get the knowledge you need to help you prevent, protect, and immunize!

avatar for Annemarie Flood, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC

Annemarie Flood, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC

Infection Prevention Program Mgr, City of Hope
I'm the Infection Prevention Program manager in a free-standing comprehensive cancer center that performs over 500 bone marrow transplants each year. I believe infection prevention is not a person but a collaboration to ensure patient, family, and healthcare worker safety.

Saturday April 30, 2016 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
Stars at Night Ballroom 1-3