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ICRF Brilliant Minds Webinar Series: Novel Treatments and Diagnostics for Pancreatic Cancer


Nov 11, 2020 11:21 AM

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Oren Parnas, PhD
Principal Investigator @Lautenberg Center for Immunology and Cancer Research, Hebrew University
Professor Oren Parnas, a principal investigator at Hebrew University's Lautenberg Center for Immunology and Cancer Research, is the recipient of an ICRF Research Career Development Award investigating the interactions between the immune system and cancer, with the goal of finding new ways to engineer immune cells to fight pancreatic cancer, which remains an aggressive cancer type with poor prognosis. Using advanced genetics and genomics methods, his lab has already discovered several targeted genes that induce the immune system to restrict tumor growth and now aims to find the best combination
Kenneth Goodman
ICRF Trustee and Chairman Emeritus
Kenneth Goodman is the former Director, President and Chief Operating Officer of Forest Laboratories. Ken became involved in ICRF after his first wife, Barbara S. Goodman was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and treated by Dr. Yashar Hirshaut, ICRF Chairman and President Emeritus. After Barbara lost her battle with cancer, Ken endowed an ICRF Research Career Development Award (RCDA) grant for pancreatic Cancer in her name, and underwrites and hosts the annual Barbara S. Goodman Scientific Awards & Donor Recognition Evening in New York, where ICRF’s new grant awards are formally announced. Ken is Chairman Emeritus and has served as a member of the ICRF International Board of Trustees since 2003.
Nancy Maizels, PhD
Professor, Immunology and Biochemistry; Adjunct Professor, Pathology; Director, Molecular Medicine Program @University of Washington
Dr. Maizels was an undergraduate at the University of California at Berkeley. She received her PhD from Harvard University, and she continued at Harvard as a Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows. She was a Professor in the Departments of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry and Genetics at Yale University School of Medicine before coming to the University of Washington in fall, 2000. Professor Maizels serves as the Chair of the ICRF International Scientific Council and Scientific Review Panel (SRP).