It is a great honor to welcome you to the second Jacki and Bruce Barron Cancer Research Scholar’s Program Symposium which is being held in the eternal city of Jerusalem. We thank the Hadassah University Hospital for hosting this international cancer conference and for providing the facilities for this meeting. The Symposium, which is made possible by the generous support of the Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation, highlights ongoing collaborations between scientists from the City of Hope (COH) and the Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF). Now in its second year, the program is continuing to bear fruit and we are proud to present the findings of our investigators from the frontiers of known cancer science.
This year’s conference has expanded upon the success of last year and includes two full days of scientific presentations. The mornings of each day are devoted to the presentation of innovative research being carried out by COH cancer scientists and scientists from various distinguished institutions in Israel. The topics of research span from the underlying mechanisms of cancer initiation and progression, to targeted therapies of specific cancer types, to the role of microbes in resistance to anti-cancer therapies. The discoveries that are being made by this collaborative program are contributing to improved prevention, diagnosis and treatment for patients with cancer.
Each afternoon will focus on a different cutting-edge area of cancer research. The afternoon sessions will start off with a keynote speaker followed by three talks from Israeli scientists who are currently or who have been funded by the ICRF. The first afternoon will be devoted to talks on various aspects of cancer immunotherapy. The second afternoon will focus on epigenetics.
The work that is being presented is at the forefront of cancer research and is as good as any in the world. Collectively, we have much to be proud of and look forward as Israeli and City of Hope scientists make progress towards finding cures for cancer. We also thank the Miller and Barron families for their incredible vision and support to make this research and this event possible.