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Hormone-Dependent Cancers (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Mechanisms of Drug Resistance and Innovative Therapeutic Strategies


August 5-6, 2017


Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River
Newry, ME Site Information


Jenny G. Parvani & Alicia M. Blessing

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 8, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by May 5, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Hormone-Dependent Cancers is a 2-day conference that is specifically geared towards supporting graduate students, postdocs, and other scientists with comparable levels of education. This meeting enables trainees the ability to share their research, freely ask questions and engage their peers, and meet leaders within their field.

The focus of this meeting is twofold: to understand the basic mechanisms of drug resistance across breast (all subtypes), prostate, ovarian, and other hormone-dependent cancers, and to highlight innovative therapeutic strategies that could offer additional and alternative therapeutic options for these diseases. In this unique forum, participants are able to a) present unpublished data in a friendly and safe environment that will foster scientific discussions and collaborations b) focus on career development via a keynote presentation and diverse career panel consisting of various leaders from academia, industry, and other areas and c) engage and network with senior scientists and mentors.

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 May 5, 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 "Hormone-Dependent Cancers" 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 pmKeynote Session: How to Maintain a Work/Life Balance as an Early Career Researcher
Discussion Leader: Jenny Parvani (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmPepper Schedin (Oregon Health and Science University, USA)
"One Scientist's Journey; Finding the Link Between Personal Happiness and Scientific Creativity"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmEstrogen and Progesterone Receptor Signaling in Hormone Dependent Cancers
Discussion Leaders: Eric Bolf (University of Vermont, USA) and Matthew Sikora (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmNuria Padilla Just (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA)
"Molecular Determinants of ER+ Breast Cancer Organ-Specific Metastasis"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmSankari Nagarajan (Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, United Kingdom)
"Genome-Wide CRISPR Screening to Understand Drug Resistance in ER+ Breast Cancer"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmHari Singhal (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, USA)
"Genomic Analyses of Normal and Breast Cancer Tissue Identifies Grainy Head Like 2 (GRHL2) as a Key Tumor-Specific Oncogene"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmSoleilmane Omarjee (Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, United Kingdom)
"Role of ERa-36 in Estrogen Non-Genomic Signaling and Breast Cancer"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmLynsey Fettig (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA)
"Progesterone Receptor-Retinoic Acid Receptor Crosstalk in Regulating a Breast Cancer Stem Cell Population"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amAndrogen Receptor and Other Signaling Mechanisms in Hormone Dependent Cancers
Discussion Leaders: Ariel Yusupov (State University of New York at Geneseo, USA) and Kristine Sikora (University of Colorado Denver, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amClaire Nash (Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Canada)
"Genome-Wide Analysis of AR Binding and Transcriptomic Analysis of Primary Prostate Tumour Stroma and Prostate Mesenchyme"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:45 amIza Denis (Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories, Australia)
"AR Chromatin Binding Events Get Reprogrammed in the Absence of FOXA1 in ER-Breast Cancers"
9:45 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:05 amChenchu Lin (University of Houston, USA)
"CREB Is a Critical Factor in Androgen Receptor-Mediated Prostate Cancer Proliferation"
10:05 am - 10:10 amDiscussion
10:10 am - 10:30 amNoelle Gillis (University of Vermont, USA)
"Thyroid Hormone Receptor Beta (TR) Mediates Brama Related Gene 1 (BRG1, SMARCA4) Dependent Chromatin Remodeling for Tumor Suppression in Thyroid Cancer"
10:30 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amSakshi Gera (Indian Institute of Science, India)
"Unraveling the Role of Follicle Stimulating Hormone and Notch Signaling in Ovarian Cancer"
10:55 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 Panel
During this session, participants will be able to interact with a number of PhD-level career panelists. These panelists come from a variety of backgrounds, including academia, administration, industry, and scientific writing. Participants will be able to ask questions freely and engage in open discussions. Each panelist will offer a unique perspective and valuable advice for success for all of the early career scientists in attendance.
Discussion Leader: Aarti Rohira (Baylor College of Medicine, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Career Development Advice for Different Career Paths"
  • Nicola Caria (Pfizer, USA)
  • Kristine Sikora (University of Colorado Denver, USA)
  • Matthew Sikora (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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