Friday, February 27, 2009
In celebration of the 5th anniversary of the GCCRI we held a symposium on the Genetics and Biology of Childhood Cancer at the Hotel Contessa February 26 - 27th. Our founding director Dr. Sharon Murphy also attended (Sharon is now a Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine). The Keller lab hosted the session on disease models and preclinical studies. Speakers in this session included Tom Look (DFCI) who gave a great talk on ALK that follows his Fall report in Nature, Rene Galindo spoke on drosophila models of alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, Pat Reynolds talked about exciting new retinoid therapies for neuroblastoma and leukemia, and Peter Houghton reviewed the tremendous progress by the Pediatric Preclinical Testing Program. We can't thank the speakers enough for making this an exciting, interactive exchange.