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October 12, 2006

CCNY / MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING SYMPOSIUM OCTOBER 25 TO HIGHLIGHT ENGINEERING INNOVATIONS IN CANCER CARE

Keynote Speaker Rakesh K. Jain, Ph.D. to Deliver Zweifach Lecture

NEW YORK, October 12, 2006 – Engineering innovations in cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment will be highlighted at a symposium presented by The City College of New York (CCNY) / Memorial Sloan-Kettering (MSKCC) Biomedical Engineering Partnership, 1 – 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, in Room 95, Shepard Hall, City College.

The program features presentations on six research projects currently being conducted under the auspices of the partnership.  Robert E. Wittes, M.D., Physician-In-Chief, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Joseph Barba, Ph.D., Dean of The Grove School of Engineering, The City College of New York, will deliver opening remarks.

The keynote speaker, Rakesh K. Jain, A.W. Cook Professor of Tumor Biology and Director, Edwin L. Steele Laboratory for Tumor Biology, Department of Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, will deliver the annual Benjamin Zweifach Lecture at City College.

His topic is “Normalization of Tumor Vasculature and Microenvironment By Antiangiogenic Therapies: From the Bench to Bedside and Back.”  In his talk, Dr. Jain will discuss preclinicial and clinical evidence supporting an alternative theory on how antiangiogenic agents combat tumor vasculature and normalize the tumor microenvironment.

The Zweifach lecture honors Benjamin Zweifach, Ph.D., a 1931 CCNY graduate, who was considered one of the 20th Century’s most preeminent researchers and teachers of human physiology. 

The Symposium runs 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., followed by the Zweifach Lecture, which begins at 3 p.m. and will be followed by a reception

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Contact

Maithri Ameresekere, 646-735-8006, ameresem@mskcc.org

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