Happy Friday VenCafe Community! We had a fantastic event yesterday by the name of What’s Next: Getting To A World Without Cancer. This was an event in which our Venture Cafe team partnered with Pedal The Cause, a local fundraiser that aims to provide critical funding for cancer research through the Siteman Cancer Center. We heard from a host of doctors that are well versed in the differing cancers and the research they’re conducting to combat it. Let’s get into what you might’ve missed!
To start we heard from Dr. Priyanka Verma, An Assistant Professor of Medicine from Washington University. Dr. Verma lead Killing EVEry BRCA-Mutant Cancer. Dr. Verma is intrigued with the conundrum that while DNA replication and repair are essential for viability, cancer cells with defects in these pathways evolve mechanisms to ensure rapid proliferation. She spoke to three things in reference to this, What dictates cellular responses to chemotherapy targeting DNA repair pathways? How do cancer cells deal with roadblocks to replication & What are the endogenous DNA lesions in BRCA-mutant cancer cells?
Next we heard from Dr. Joshua Rubin, another Professor of Medicine from Washington University. Dr. Rubin spoke to Sex Differences In Brain Tumor Biology. Dr. Rubin’s study was specifically about how brain tumors form in children and, more importantly, as a precursor to controlling brain tumors with better patient outcomes. He will dove into the epigenetics, signaling, metabolism, senescence, and preclinical studies around his fascinating life’s work.
The last doctor we had heard from singularly was Dr. John Dipersio, A Professor of Medicine from Washington University. Dr. Dipersio’s area of focus was Immunotherapy & his research which focuses on fundamental and translational aspects of leukemia and stem cell biology. These studies include the identification of genetic abnormalities in human leukemias, understanding processes involving stem cell and leukemia cell trafficking, and clinical and translational programs in leukemia/MDS and stem cell transplantation .
Finally all three of our doctors as well as the Executive Director of Pedal The Cause, David Drier along with our very own Director of Venture Cafe, J.P. Johnson all lead our panel 100% Model: How to turn $30M into $250M For Local Research. Each of the doctors spoke to the efforts that Pedal The Cause has done and the amount of research development and strides their fundraising has contributed to! If you’d like to find out more about Pedal The Cause and how you can help feel free to find their homepage HERE!
And that was our What’s Next?!: Getting To A World Without Cancer event VenCaf Community! If you made it out, thank you so much for coming, we hope to see you next week for What’s Next?! Finances, Functional Medicine & The Future!