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|Gail Tomlinson, M.D., Ph.D., interim director of the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute, will discuss the importance of knowing your family's health history.|
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SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 9, 2012) ― Several of the top genetic researchers from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio will present the latest information about the role genes play in cancer, and the therapies being developed to fight it at the genetic level, at a free public lecture Jan. 12 at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC).
Researchers from the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center will give short summaries of different aspects of genetics research, including the importance of family history in cancer risk and how cell metabolism is altered in cancer. They also will discuss epigenetics: how your genes can be switched on and off by environmental factors — not just in your body, but in your parents’ bodies before you were born. If genetics is the hardware that governs your genome, epigenetics is the software.
The five brief presentations and a question-and-answer session will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, in on the fourth floor of the Grossman Building at the CTRC, 7979 Wurzbach Road.
|Patricia Dahia, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of hematology and medical oncology, will discuss genetic causes of cancer.|
Speakers for the lecture will include:
- Gail Tomlinson, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pediatrics, chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology and interim director of the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute (GCCRI) ― “Family History: How your genes influence your risk of cancer”
- Patricia Dahia, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of hematology and medical oncology ― “Discovering genetic causes of cancer”
- Tim Huang, Ph.D., professor and chair of the department of molecular biology and CTRC deputy director ― “Why genes don’t tell us everything: how epigenetics affects risk”
- Sunil Sudarshan, M.D., assistant professor of urology ― “The metabolism of cancer”
- Robin Leach, Ph.D., professor in the department of cellular and structural biology and urology ― “Using genes to predict cancer progression”
For more information about the lecture, please call 210-450-1152.###The Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
is one of the elite academic cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Center, and is one of only four in Texas. A leader in developing new drugs to treat cancer, the CTRC Institute for Drug Development (IDD) conducts one of the largest oncology Phase I clinical drug programs in the world, and participates in development of cancer drugs approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. For more information, visit www.ctrc.net