Basser Research Center for BRCA

Seminars and Symposia

The Basser Research Center Monthly Seminar Series is held at noon on the first Friday of the month in the Smilow Translational Research Center from Noon until 1:00pm. The Basser Research Center also sponsors an annual symposium.

For more information on seminars and symposia, email Basser Administrative Director, Beth Stearman at

Upcoming Events and Save the Dates

Monthly Seminar Series

Friday April 4, 2014 | Noon | SCTR 8-146AB

Clarisa Gracia, MD, MSCE - "Studying Fertility in Cancer Survivors and BRCA Carriers"

Daniel Powell PhD - "Redirected T cells for the Treatment of BRCA-associated Cancers" 

Annual Scientific Symposium 2014

Recent Advances in Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genetics

May 6-7, 2014 | 9:00a.m.- 5:00p.m | Smilow Translational Research Center, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Featuring keynote speaker and Basser Global Prize winner Professor Alan Ashworth, FRS from the Institute for Cancer Research UK

Session topics to include:

  • Basic Science of BRCA Function in Tumor Suppression and Response to Therapy
  • Targeted Therapies: What we've learned from BRCA1/2
  • Gene Panels in Cancer Risk Management
  • Hot Topics in BRCA1/2 Clinical Management

Past Events

March 7, 2014
Despina Kontos, PhD: "Breast DCE-MRI biomarkers for risk-reduction management of BRCA1/2 carriers"
Raymond J. Acciavatti, PhD: "Design of a Next-Generation Tomosynthesis System"

February 7, 2014
C. Neill Epperson, MD: "Impact of Natural and Surgical Menopause on Mood and Cognition"
Ben Stanger, MD, PhD: "Pancreatic Cancer and BRCA2"

January 3, 2014
David Weiner, PhD: "Developing a DNA immune therapy target hTERT: prospect of immunoprevention of BRCA1/2 related cancers"

December 6, 2013
Kate Nathanson, MD: "Somatic mutations in BRCA1/2 associated tumors"

Tim Rebbeck, PhD: "Mutation-specific risks in BRCA1/2 mutations carriers"

November 1, 2013
Andy Minn, MD, PhD: "Tumor and stroma pathways regulating breast cancer tratment resistance"
Andrea Facciabene, PhD: "Targeting the vasculature, tumor endothelial marker1 HLA-A2 epitopes mapping"

October 4, 2013
Susan Domchek, MD: "Update on PARP inhibitors in BRCA1/2 mutation carriers"
Angela Bradbury, MD: "The COGENT study: Communication of Genetic Test results by Telephone"

September 6, 2013
Katie Schmitz, PhD, MPH : "Dose response effects of exercise training on endogenous hormones in high risk women: The WISER Sister Trial"
Roger Greenberg, MD, PhD: "Chromatin Determinants of BRCA Function"

August, 2013

No seminar

July 12, 2013
Shridar Ganesan, MD, PhD (UMDNJ) - "BRCA1, 53BP1 and PARP: DNA Repair Choice and Chemosensitivity".

June 7, 2013
Eric Brown, PhD: "Regulation of Replication Fork Stability by Aurora A-PLK1 and RNF4"
Angie DeMichele, MD, MSCE: "The 2-PREVENT Breast Cancer Translational Center of Excellence (TCE)"

May 3, 2013
Ramin Shiekhattar, PhD (Wistar Institute): "Genome-wide Analysis of BRCA Genes Reveals New Functions"

April 16, 2013
Regional Scientific Conference
"Recent Advances in Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genetics"

April 5, 2013
Kate Nathanson, MD: "Somatic Genetics and Genomics of BRCA1/2 Associated Breast and Ovarian Cancers"
Lin Zhang, MD: "Non-coding RNA in Breast and Ovarian Cancers"

March 1, 2013
David Mankoff, MD, PhD: "Breast Cancer Molecular Imaging"
Despina Kontos, PhD: "The Role of Breast MRI as a Biomarker for Guiding Risk-Reduction Interventions in BRCA1/2 Carriers"

February 1, 2013
Angela Bradbury, MD: "REACH: Research to Evaluate Adolescents and Communication of Hereditary Risk"
Andy Minn, MD, MPH: "Regulation and Function of Interferon-Stimulated Genes that Promote DNA Damage Resistance in Triple Negative and BRCA1 mutant Breast Cancer"

January 4, 2013
Andy Rhim, MD: "Using GEDI to Detect Circulating Epithelial Cells"
Chunsheng Li, PhD: "Development of Molecular Imaging of Tumor Vasculature for the Early Detection of Hereditary Ovarian and Breast Cancer"

December 7, 2012
Tim Rebbeck, PhD: "Why Do BRCA1/2 Confer Breast Cancer in Some Women and Ovarian Cancer in Others?"
Kara Maxwell, MD, PhD: "A Case of an Adult with Biallelic BRCA2 Mutations and an Atypical Phenotype"

November 2, 2012
Roger Greenberg, MD, PhD: "Identification of BRCAness"
Susan M. Domchek, MD: "Biallelic Deleterious BRCA1 Mutations in a Woman with Early-Onset Ovarian Cancer"

October 5, 2012
Andrea Faccibene, PhD: "Development of Vaccine Targeting the Tumor Vasculature for the Prevention of BRCA-deficient Tumors"
Susan Domchek, MD: "Cancer Risk Evaluation Program: Current and Future Biobank"

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