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16th Annual Symposium on Pancreatic Cancer

April 23, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Started in 2005, the Hirshberg Foundation’s Annual Symposium on Pancreatic Cancer was designed to showcase advances in research, treatment options and early detection. The aim of the symposium is to create an intimate and inspirational day of education by bringing together survivors, patients and their families, clinicians, researchers and physicians. In the past, topics have included oncology, surgery, psychosocial management, nutrition and integrative medicines, gastroenterology, genetics and basic science. A highlight of the program will be hearing from our Patient and Caregiver panel who will share their journey from diagnosis to present day.

There is no fee for attending this event.

The latest HEALTH AUTHORITY REQUIREMENTS can be viewed on the in-person registration form.



8:30 am – 9:00 am Check-in
9:00 am – 9:20 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
Agi Hirshberg, Founder & CEO
Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research
Vay Liang W. Go, MD
Chair of the Hirshberg Foundation Scientific Advisory Board
University of California, Los Angeles
O. Joe Hines, MD
University of California, Los Angeles
9:20 am – 9:40 am Pancreatic Cancer Progress Report: Where are we?
Mark D. Girgis, MD
University of California, Los Angeles
9:40 am – 9:45 am  Q & A
9:45 am – 10:15 am Pancreatic Cancer Screening and Surveillance in High-Risk Individuals
Marcia (Mimi) Canto, MD, MHS
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
10:15 am – 10:25 am Q & A
10:25 am – 10:40 am Break
10:40 am – 11:10 am Nutritional Myths with Pancreatic Cancer
Zhaoping Li, MD
University of California, Los Angeles
11:10 am – 11:20 am Q & A
11:20 am – 11:50 am Understanding the Gut and Tumor Connection in Pancreatic Cancer
Vikas Dudeja, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
11:50 am – 12:00 pm Q & A
12:00 pm – 12:10 pm Survivor Photo
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Precision Medicine vs. Standard of Care for Treatment
O. Joe Hines, MD & J. Randolph Hecht, MD
University of California, Los Angeles
1:30 pm – 1:40 pm Q & A
1:40 pm – 2:00 pm UC Pancreatic Cancer Consortium: Collaboration at Work
Timothy Donahue, MD
University of California, Los Angeles
2:00 pm – 2:10 pm Q & A
2:10 pm – 3:00 pm Panel Discussion: Perspectives from Survivors and Caregivers
Judy Fortin
Executive Director of Communications
UCLA Health


April 23, 2022
8:30 am - 3:00 pm


UCLA Luskin Conference Center
425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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