State's cancer researchers invited to participate in annual IU Simon Cancer Center Cancer Research Day; abstracts are due April 30



INDIANAPOLIS – March 19, 2008 – Cancer researchers in Indiana are invited to submit research abstracts for the annual Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center Cancer Research Day on May 7.

Students, fellows, and faculty conducting cancer research at IUPUI, Indiana University-Bloomington, Purdue University, and the Walther Cancer Research Center at the University of Notre Dame are invited to present their current cancer research efforts at this year’s event.

Cancer Research Day, led by James Klaunig, PhD, encourages collaboration among the cancer research institutions in the state.

Abstracts should be submitted for basic science, translational/clinical, or population science categories. Please submit all abstracts electronically by April 30 by visiting this link. Individual laboratories may submit multiple abstracts; if space becomes limited, each laboratory will be asked to identify representative posters. 

The scientific poster session is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the atrium of the VanNuys Medical Science Building, 635 Barnhill Drive, on the IUPUI campus.

Cash awards for best posters by graduate students and by post-doctoral/medical fellows in all three research categories will be selected by a review board.

Michael J. Birrer, MD, of the National Cancer Institute will deliver the keynote address from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 101 of the Cancer Research Institute, 1044 W. Walnut St., on the IUPUI campus. 

Birrer is with the NCI’s Cell and Cancer Biology Branch and head of the Molecular Mechanisms Section, and a senior investigator.

Birrer received his medical and doctoral degrees from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he participated in the NIH-funded Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed his clinical training in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and in oncology at the NCI. Birrer became an investigator in 1988 and a senior investigator in 1990 and chief of the Molecular Mechanisms Section in 1991.

For more information about Cancer Research Day, contact James Klaunig at Klaunig is the Robert B. Forney Professor in the IU School of Medicine’s Department of Toxicology, associate director for strategic partnerships with the IU Simon Cancer Center, and the director of the Center for Environmental Health.