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TGen hosts international conference for leading pediatric cancer researchers, foundations
Date:2/6/2012

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Feb. 5, 2012 The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) will host Pediatric Cancer Translational Genomics Feb. 6-8 at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, bringing together more than 150 leading pediatric cancer researchers, clinicians and foundations to promote the exchange of information and ideas for advancing pediatric cancer research and treatment.

The causes of childhood cancers are largely unknown and although rare it remains the leading disease killer of children. With the incidence rate at 2 in every 10,000 children, the need for a personalized or "precision" diagnoses and treatment is critical. Medical success in treating the blood cancers of children has not been matched in treating children with cancers of the brain, bone and other so-called "solid tumors". This conference is focused on helping provide a future of hope to this group of children.

The two-and-a-half day conference features 38 speakers who will present their most current research findings in the area of pediatric solid tumors and how today's genomic technology can be leveraged to make greater strides against pediatric cancer.

Prominent lecturers include: Dr. Peter Adamson, Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Group Chair of the Children's Oncology Group (COG), the world's largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research; Dr. Lee Helman, Scientific Director for Clinical Research at the National Cancer Institute's Center for Cancer Research; Dr. Elaine Mardis, Associate Professor of Genetic and Molecular Microbiology and Co-Director of The Genome Institute at the Washington University School of Medicine; Dr. Barbara Wold, Director of the National Cancer Institute's new Center for Cancer Genomics; and Dr. Michael Link, President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and a leader in th
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Contact: Steve Yozwiak
syozwiak@tgen.org
602-343-8704
The Translational Genomics Research Institute
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