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13th Annual Symposium on Pancreatic Cancer

February 25, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm


Our annual Symposium, held at UCLA each February, has become an educational and inspirational patient centered program that has integrated nearly 200 researchers, clinicians, patients, survivors and families to learn and discuss developments, personalized medicine, cutting-edge treatments and the progression of finding a cure for pancreatic cancer. In past Symposiums, topics have included oncology, surgery, psychosocial management, nutrition and integrative medicine, gastroenterology, genetics, basic science, and radiology. The programs are organized by Dr. Vay Liang Go, MD, PhD, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board, and include a patient/survivor panel where patients share their story and answer questions about living with pancreatic cancer. There is no fee for attending this event.


8:30 am – 9:00 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:20 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Agi Hirshberg, Founder & CEO
Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research

Kelsey Martin, MD, PHD
Dean of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

Dr. Bill Go, Chair of the Hirshberg Foundation Scientific Advisory Board
University of California, Los Angeles

9:20 am – 10:00 am
Why is Pancreatic Cancer so hard to treat and what can we do about it?

Anirban Maitra, MBBS
MD Anderson Cancer Center

10:00 am – 10:30 am
Advances in Chemotherapy

Zev Wainberg, MD
University of California, Los Angeles

10:30 am – 10:45 am

10:45 am – 11:25 am
Advances in Pancreatic Surgery

Joe Hines, MD, Jonathan King, MD, Mark Girgis, MD
University of California, Los Angeles

11:25 am – 12:00 pm
Is It All In The Genes?

Randall E. Brand, MD
University of Pittsburgh

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch Break &
Optimal Nutrition – Zhaoping Li, MD

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Perspectives from Cancer Survivors
Moderators: Howard A. Reber, MD & Tim Donahue, MD

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February 25, 2017
8:30 am - 3:00 pm


UCLA Faculty Center
480 Charles E Young Dr E
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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