LustgartenLIVE!

Welcome to LustgartenLIVE!, a new quarterly series of webinars designed to bring you face-to-face with the best researchers investigating pancreatic cancer. Moderated by Andrew Rakeman, PhD, Vice President of Research, each webinar in the series will focus on a different aspect of the research funded through your donations.

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for Personalized Medicine: Transforming Treatment

Noon-1 pm EST
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Personalized medicine is an important and evolving research area for pancreatic cancer. By identifying patients’ own genetic and tumor make-up, as well as their specific mutations, physicians can create custom treatment strategies unique to each patient’s needs. Lustgarten-funded research is exploring various approaches and technologies for the most effective way to personalize medicine, including replicating 3D tumor cells in the lab to create organoids.

In this live-streaming discussion, we’ll take you from the clinic to the lab to show you how personalized medicine may transform the future of pancreatic cancer treatment. Discussion will include organoid research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) and the current PASS-01 clinical trial.

Presenter: David Tuveson, MD, PhD, Chief Scientist and Director of the Lustgarten Foundation Dedicated Pancreatic Cancer Research Lab at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL)

Dr. Tuveson, MD, PhD,
Lustgarten Foundation Dedicated Pancreatic Cancer Lab at CSHL 

is an internationally renowned physician-scientist and President of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), who holds a dual appointment as the Chief Scientist at the Lustgarten Foundation, as well as the Director of the Lustgarten Foundation Dedicated Pancreatic Cancer Research Laboratory at CSHL. He also serves the Director of the CSHL Cancer Center and the Roy J. Zuckerberg Professor of Cancer.

Dr. Tuveson has impressive academic credentials and a long history of conducting groundbreaking research in the field of pancreatic cancer. As a physician-scientist, Dr. Tuveson merges his laboratory research with his clinical research and can bring new options to patients more rapidly. His recent and most promising work has been on organoids, three-dimensional cell culture systems which reproduce a patient’s tumor in a dish in order to test is repeatedly, with the aim of identifying new potential treatments. Dr. Tuveson was the first scientist to use organoids for pancreatic cancer and has been a pioneer in developing organoids to determine which chemotherapy drug a patient’s tumor would respond best to.

Dennis Plenker, PhD,
Technical Manager, Lustgarten Foundation Dedicated Pancreatic Cancer Lab at CSHL 

Dr. Plenker studied molecular biomedicine at the University of Bonn and did his PhD in genetics at the Department of Translational Genomics led by Professor Roman Thomas at the University of Cologne in 2015. During his PhD he worked on the characterization of new oncogenes and treatment options for lung cancer. For his first postdoc he started investigating new treatment strategies for RET-rearranged tumors as well as the characterization of new structural variants of the MET receptor. At the end of 2017 Dennis joined the Tuveson laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor working on pancreatic cancer using the human organoid platform. Dennis investigates new treatment strategies and the translation of human organoid research to the clinics to further improve precision medicine approaches in pancreatic cancer.

Moderated by Andrew Rakeman, PhD, Vice President of Research, Lustgarten Foundation

This LustgartenLIVE! webinar is made possible by the support of Ipsen and Northwell Health

Ipsen Innovation for Patient Care
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Thank you to the following donors for supporting the Early Detection Initiative.

The Gail V. Coleman and Kenneth M. Bruntel Organoids for Personalized Therapy Project

Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation

Mark your calendars for the entire LustgartenLIVE! series:

From the Lab to You: Clinical Advances

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021

Elizabeth Jaffee, MD, Chief Medical Advisor and Director of the Lustgarten Foundation Clinical Accelerator Initiative
Brian Wolpin, MD, MPH, Director of the Lustgarten Foundation Dedicated Pancreatic Cancer Research Laboratory at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The Best of 2021: Research Highlights

Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021

Elizabeth Jaffee, MD, Chief Medical Advisor and Director of the Lustgarten Foundation Clinical Accelerator Initiative
David Tuveson, MD, PhD, Chief Scientist and Director of the Lustgarten Foundation Dedicated Pancreatic Cancer Research Laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

For Sponsorship and Program Information:  StephanieD@lustgarten.org or 516-737-1521

Past LustgartenLive! Webinars

Early Detection: The Path Forward Wednesday, April 21, 2021 – Drs. Bert Vogelstein and Elliot Fishman of the Lustgarten Foundation Dedicated Pancreatic Cancer Research Laboratory at Johns Hopkins discuss how a blood test and artificial intelligence may impact earlier detection of pancreatic cancer. Watch now. 

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