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UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center 2nd Annual All Center Retreat


We are excited to announce the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 2nd Annual All Center Retreat! The all-day event will take place at the Luskin Conference Center on May 5, 2022.

Online registration has closed. But there's still time! You can register via email until April 28. Please contact Juliana Ryan at

All attendees are subject to Los Angeles County Health Department and UCLA's COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Requirements for entrance to the Retreat include providing proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event at check-in, completion of the UCLA Daily Symptom Monitoring Survey, and adherence to all masking guidelines (currently universal masking required for all indoor events regardless of vaccination status). For all the current campus COVID-19 guidelines, please visit UCLA's COVID-19 website.

We look forward to seeing you at the Retreat!



Registration, Lobby & Exhibit Hall Open
Breakfast served in Centennial Hall Pre-Function Area


Welcome & Opening Remarks

Michael Teitell, MD, PhD
Professor & Latta Endowed Chair in Pathology
Director, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive
President, UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation

Johnese Spisso, RN, MPA
President, UCLA Health
CEO, UCLA Hospital System
Associate Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences

Steven M. Dubinett, MD
Interim Dean, David Geffen School of Medicine
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, UCLA

Session I


New Technologies for the Study & Treatment of Cancer

Robert Prins, PhD (Session Moderator)
Professor, Neurosurgery

"Using an Organoid Transplantation Model of Glioblastoma to Characterize Cell Fate"
Aparna Bhaduri, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biological Chemistry

"Multidimensional Characterization of the Tumor Immune Microenvironment"
Willy Hugo, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medicine, Dermatology

"Synthetic IL9R Signaling for Adoptive T Cell Therapy of Cancer"
Anusha Kalbasi, MD
Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology

"UCLA Molecular Radio-Theranostic Program: From Clinical Research to the Outpatient Therapy Center"
Jeremie Calais, MD
Associate Professor, Molecular & Medical Pharmacology\


Poster Viewing & Networking

Session II


Advancing Equity Across the JCCC: Workforce, Research, Clinical Care and Community Engagement Initiatives

"Cancer Disparities in Los Angeles: Gaps, Challenges and Opportunities" and "Increasing Enrollment of Diverse Populations in JCCC Clinical Trials"
Beth Glenn, PhD (Session Moderator)
Professor, Health Policy and Management
Fielding School of Public Health
Co-Director, Disparities, Community Outreach and Engagement
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Associate Director, UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity

"Why Workforce Diversity is Important: Examples of Ongoing Efforts at UCLA Health"
Medell Briggs-Malonson, MD, MPH, MSHS
Chief, Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
UCLA Health
Associate Clinical Professor, Emergency Medicine

"Reducing Disparities in Lung Cancer Screening in Los Angeles"

Ashley Prosper, MD
Assistant Professor, Radiological Sciences
Fielding School of Public Health

"Enhancing Health Equity through Community Engagement"
Alison Herrmann, PhD
Research Scientist, Health Policy and Management
Fielding School of Public Health


Keynote Speaker

"Factors Influencing Cancer Disparities: Toward Achieving Cancer Health Equity"
John D. Carpten, PhD
Professor & Chair
Department of Translational GenomicsRoyce & Mary Trotter Chair in Cancer Research
Professor, Department of Urology
Associate Director of Basic Sciences
Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California


Lunch & Networking
Luskin Center Terrace

Session III


Therapeutic Applications & Agents

Michael E. Jung, PhD (Session Moderator)
Distinguished Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
UC Presidential Chair in Medicinal Chemistry

"Development of an Androgen Receptor Degrader Targeting the N-Terminus"
Matthew Rettig, MD
Professor, Medicine and Urology

"UCLA Neuro-Oncology Drug Discovery and Development Program"
Diana Marquez-Garban, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Medicine, Hematology-Oncology

"Development of New Antiestrogens for Breast Cancer Treatment in Combination with Immunotherapy"
David Nathanson, PhD
Associate Professor, Molecular & Medical Pharmacology


Poster Viewing & Networking

Session IV


Enabling Technologies & Resources

Manish Butte, MD, PhD (Session Moderator)
Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Allergy/Immunology

"Using Avian CAM Models to Generate New PDXs to Study Cancer Metastasis and Therapeutics"
Lily Wu, MD, PhD
Professor, Molecular & Medical Pharmacology\

"Enabling Data-Driven Research and AI Using UCLA’s Electronic Health Records"
Alex Bui, PhD
Professor, Radiological Sciences

"How Can the Cancer Registry Help You in Conducting Your Research?"
Patricia A. Ganz, MD
Professor, Health Policy & Management
Fielding School of Public Health
David Geffen School of Medicine

"Technologies of Single Cell and Spatial Transcriptomics Available at the Cancer Center’s Genomics Shared Resource"
Xinmin Li, PhD
Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine


Closing Remarks

Michael Teitell, MD, PhD
Professor & Latta Endowed Chair in Pathology
Director, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive
President, UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation


Post-Retreat Reception
Appetizers and Drinks in Centennial Hall Pre-Function Area


Retreat Concludes

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