UCSF Breast Oncology Program Scientific Retreat

Institution: University of California, San Francisco
Investigator(s): Laura van't Veer, Ph.D. -
Award Cycle: 2015 (Cycle 21) Grant #: 21MB-0004 Award: $12,000
Award Type: Joining Forces Conference Award
Research Priorities
Detection, Prognosis and Treatment>Innovative Treatment Modalities: search for a cure

Initial Award Abstract (2015)

Non-technical overview of the event and relevance to breast cancer: The UCSF Breast Oncology Program Scientific Research Retreat will bring together a diverse community of individuals from UCSF and the Bay Area to learn about current breast cancer research from a variety of specialties. The two-day conference will include four sessions with scientific themes focused on: the national community debate on the efficiency of mammographic screening; the implementation of comprehensive breast cancer gene testing for healthy individuals; environment, lifestyle and host factors in the context of breast cancer development and progression; and testing of rationale combination therapies to enhance therapeutic efficacy. There will also be an interactive poster session.

The conference is an opportunity to highlight the most influential discoveries of the past year, and present promising new research directions. The meeting will bring together a robust community of individuals interested in breast cancer research to interact, and stimulate new partnerships and novel research studies with a translational focus. It is the goal of the BOP Scientific Research Retreat to offer the breadth of the UCSF BOP research activities to the breast cancer research audience at large, and to engage the audience in a discussion of matters that will improve breast screening and cancer care by seeking a sustained high level of stakeholder participation.

Description of event structure and intended audience: The conference program is targeted to the UCSF Breast Oncology Program (BOP). The BOP is a highly interactive community of individuals at UCSF and in the Bay Area who are specialized in breast cancer treatment and research. Included are academics (both clinical and basic science professionals), corporate professionals, patient and community advocates, and policy makers. The conference will be held over two days and will include sessions with slide presentations, lectures from the podium and perspectives from patient advocates. Presenters will include internationally and national known local scientists and a select number of highly regarded scientists from elsewhere in the U.S., including an internationally known speaker who will be invited to present a keynote address.

An interactive poster session will provide the opportunity for all meeting participants, including junior level personnel and patient advocates, to present a poster. The top posters will be selected to present a brief podium talk, which will be summarized by more senior discussants who will frame the importance of the research within the current state of the science.

Innovative elements of the event and potential to generate new ideas/facilitate collaboration: The BOP conference is innovative in its ability to accomplish the strikingly obvious, but surprisingly difficult to achieve in academia, goal of bringing together physicians who treat patients and basic scientists devoted to discovering novel therapies. Together the community listens to presentations about the state of science, respects a variety of viewpoints and perspective, including patient survivors, and as a result has a track record of developing new and novel studies. The conference is a vital component of vigorous and interactive community that brings together an array of specialists to perform studies that make a difference and improve the type and quality of care for breast cancer survivors.

Advocacy involvement: A presentation by a member of the Breast Science Advocacy Core (BSAC) is integrated into every session. The advocates present the advocate or patientís perspective. These presentations functions to keep the research focused on translation, and real world issues and opportunities. The advocateís valuable insight and connections has previously provided the research program with unique perspectives on overtreatment and screening, barriers to translational research, and networking connections with community organizations.

Final Report (2015)

The 2015 UCSF Breast Oncology Program Scientific Research Retreat brought together individuals from UCSF and the Bay Area to share current breast cancer research findings and develop new collaborations. The conference was an opportunity to highlight the most influential discoveries of the past year and present promising new research directions.

The conference was successfully held on February 5-6, 2015 and succeeded in bringing together over 200 members of the breast cancer research community, including physicians, scientists, patient advocates, and members from academia and industry. A highlight of the meeting was the California Breast Cancer Research Program Poster Session, and presentation of the awards by Marion Kavanaugh-Lynch, MD, MPH, Director of the California Breast Cancer Research Program with Carol Simmons, a Breast Science Advocacy Core Research Advocate.

No barriers were encountered.

Podium sessions at the conference sessions highlighted novel and ground breaking work on the origins of cancer, screening and treatment, and the best research from all junior participants. Keynotes speakers were from UCSF, the greater San Francisco Bay Area, and the international cancer community. All the scientific sessions included patient advocates, whose perspectives kept the audience focused on the importance and urgency of this research.

The 2016 UCSF Breast Oncology Program Scientific Research Retreat will be held on February 4-5, 2016, following a similar format the meeting will highlight exciting new areas of research, and major advances over the last year.