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Mammary Gland Biology (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Connecting Mammary Gland Development and Tumorigenesis: Recent Advances and Emerging Views


June 10-11, 2017


Stoweflake Conference Center
Stowe, VT Site Information


Ania Wronski & Emily Carron

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this meeting was May 13, 2017. You may still submit an application, which may be considered by the conference chair if there is still room available.

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Mammary Gland Biology is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

Through poster and oral presentations, the 2017 GRS on Mammary Gland Biology will feature novel, unpublished research from around the world that focuses on normal mammary gland development and breast cancer. The meeting's congenial setting will provide a unique opportunity for networking and establishing collaborations amongst early career investigators.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 10, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Mammary Gland Biology" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmResistance and Chemical Exposure in Breast Cancer
Discussion Leader: Nicholas Brady (University of Minnesota, USA)
3:45 pm - 3:50 pmOpening Remarks
3:50 pm - 4:05 pmGloria Echeverria (University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA)
"Characterizing and Targeting Chemoresistant Subclones in Triple Negative Breast Cancer"
4:05 pm - 4:10 pmDiscussion
4:10 pm - 4:25 pmShuo Li (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
"Linking Breast Cancer to Remote Carcinogen Exposure Through Long-Lived Mutant Mammary Cell Clones"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmInsights into Mammary Gland Development
Discussion Leader: Zuzana Koledova (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmZachary Sandusky (Vanderbilt University, USA)
"ERK1/2-RSK2-GATA3 Signaling Pathway Controls Homeostasis of the ER+ Population in the Adult Mammary Gland"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmTamara Chamberlin (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"Obesity Reversibly Enhances Mammary Epithelial Cell ERa Expression and Progenitor Activity"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmJessica Elswood (Texas A&M University, USA)
"Regulating the Switch: Cellular Differentiation and Mitochondrial Turnover in the Mammary Gland"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmValentine Comaills (Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center / Harvard Medical School, USA)
"Proliferation During Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition Induces Genomic Instability"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amMechanisms of Breast Cancer
Discussion Leader: Jessica Finlay-Schultz (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amMichael Oliphant (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA)
"Deciphering the Role of Six2 in Regulating Cancer Stem Cell Properties and Promoting Late-Stage Metastasis in Breast Cancer"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amEmily Powell (University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA)
"Identifying Metastatic Drivers in Patient Derived Xenograft Models of Triple Negative Breast Cancer"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amKatarina Sirka (The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, USA)
"Myoepithelial Cells Are Dynamic Barrier to Epithelial Cell Dissemination"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amSonia Voiculescu (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA)
"A Window into Metastatic Breast Cancer"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Career Development Discussion Panel
In this panel, we will discuss life in academia and industry with insights from academics who have started their own companies, ran successful labs and an early career researcher who is now in industry.
Discussion Leader: Emily Carron (Tulane University, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Opportunities for Early Career Researchers in Academia and Beyond"
  • Michael Lewis (Baylor College of Medicine, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number 1R13CA216888-01. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
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