The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MITThe David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

National Cancer Institute Cancer Center

Science + Engineering... Conquering Cancer Together

SOLUTIONS with/in/sight: Tales of Transformation

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Normal adult stem cells play a key role in the maintenance and regeneration of normal tissues. Thus, finding ways to identify, and propagate these cells has great promise as a strategy to repair damaged tissues. Highly analogous to normal stem cells, cancer stem cells are the lifeblood of tumors and also potentially their Achilles’ heel. These rare cells possess the ability to create tumors and are thought to be responsible for tumor recurrence after treatment and for the formation of metastases, which account for the vast majority of cancer deaths. Despite their central importance in cancer biology, cancer stem cells remain poorly understood. Using a variety of techniques, the MIT Stem Cell Initiative seeks to identify these rare cells, to determine the mechanisms that determine their behavior and to compare them to ordinary stem cells across different tissue and tumor types. Join us as we explore fundamental questions about cell and cancer biology, and share new knowledge to transform our understanding and treatment of cancer.

Featuring:

Jacqueline Lees, PhD
Virginia & D.K. Ludwig Professor for Cancer Research and Professor of Biology, MIT
Associate Director, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research

Robert Weinberg, PhD
Daniel K. Ludwig Professor for Cancer Research and Professor of Biology, MIT
Founding Member, Whitehead Institute
Director, Ludwig Center for Molecular Oncology at MIT
Member, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research

Ömer Yilmaz, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology, MIT

Member, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research

Register now. Event parking will be available free of charge from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. in MIT's Stata Garage, located at 32 Vassar Street, next door to the Koch Institute (map).