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UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center 2021 Retreat

 Image promoting the 2021 UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Inaugural Retreat

We are excited to announce the rescheduling of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Inaugural Retreat, which will now take place virtually on May 13, 2021!

Registration is now open! Please visit our online registration site and register now!

About the Retreat

Image of cancer researcher Victor Velculescu
Keynote speaker Dr. Victor E. Velculescu

The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Victor E. Velculescu, Professor of Oncology, Pathology and Medicine and Co-Director of Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The all-day event will bring together the broader cancer research community from across UCLA, including faculty researchers, physicians, physician-scientists, students, post-docs and allied health professionals.

This virtual retreat is an opportunity for a wide array of individuals working to accelerate discoveries that prevent and cure cancer to share progress and accomplishments, discuss challenges and future directions, learn about resources available at the Cancer Center, and develop and strengthen collaborations.

Planned activities include sessions comprised of talks on a variety of topics and an exhibitor’s room with virtual booths on UCLA cancer research-related services available to you.

How to register

Registration is required and is now open. Please visit our online registration site to reserve your spot.

We look forward to seeing you at the retreat!


7:30 a.m.

Lobby & Exhibit Hall open

8:00 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Michael Teitell, MD, PhD
Kelsey Martin, MD, PhD


8:15 a.m.

Development of Imatinib and Ibrutinib: Historical Perspective on Targeted Therapy and the JCCC
Owen Witte, MD

8:45 a.m.

Variability in Cancer Diagnosis: Implications, Challenges, and the Promise of AI
Joann Elmore, MD, MPH

9:05 a.m.

The Simms/Mann Center for Integrative Oncology: A community based approach to whole person care
Kauser Ahmed, PhD

9:25 a.m.

SPOREs: Progress and Opportunities

  • UCLA SPORE in Prostate Cancer
  • UCLA SPORE in Brain Cancer

Rob Reiter, MD
Linda Liau, MD, PhD, MBA

9:55 a.m.

Coffee break


10:10 a.m.

What Can The Cancer Center Do For “U”?

  • JCCC Funding Mechanisms: Seed Grants and More
  • JCCC Shared Resources Overview
  • JCCC Activities and Support Services
  • UC-Cancer Consortium

Heather Christofk, PhD
Melissa Fitzmaurice Neligan, MPH, CRA
Zoran Galic, PhD
Michael Teitell MD, PhD

10:30 a.m.

Advancing Science to Address Pressing Cancer Needs in our Communities
Roshan Bastani, PhD
Beth Glenn, PhD
Alison Herrmann, PhD

10:55 a.m.

Early Detection of Cancer Using Noninvasive Liquid Biopsies
Victor E. Velculescu, MD, PhD

12:00 p.m.

Lunch Break and Networking
Informational Booths open for viewing in Exhibit Hall


12:30 p.m.

Engineering Next‐Generational CAR‐T Cells for Cancer Immunotherapy
Yvonne Chen, PhD

1:00 p.m.

The Evolutionary Origins of Cancer Lethality
Paul Boutros, PhD, MBA

1:30 p.m.

Coffee break


1:40 p.m.

Development of Breast Cancer Therapies: Herceptin, palbociclib
Dennis Slamon, MD, PhD

2:10 p.m.

Fighting Melanoma with the Immune System Melanoma
Antoni Ribas, MD, PhD

2:40 p.m.

Entrepreneurship and the Business of Science
Arie Belldegrun, MD
Christi Shaw, MBA, CEO of Kite Pharma
Craig Gordon, MD, Partner, Capital Research Global Investors
David Chang MD, PhD, CEO of Allogene Pharma in SF
Helen Kim, MBA, SMD of Vida Ventures in SM

3:25 p.m.

Closing Remarks
Michael Teitell, MD, PhD

3:30 p.m.

Retreat ends

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