Can Immunology Help Win the War on Cancer?

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Dana Foundation will host a panel discussion titled, "Can Immunology Help Win the War on Cancer?" on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. The event will feature Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., cancer surgeon, professor, and medical advocate, author of the Howard University Press title, No Boundaries: A Cancer Surgeon's Odyssey (2005).

It will be held at The Dana Foundation's Washington, D.C. headquarters at 900 15th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20005. A book signing and reception for Dr. Leffall will follow the panel discussion. Seating is limited and by RSVP only. Featured guest speakers for the evening will be:

LaSalle D. Leffall Jr., MD, F.A.C.S., is Charles R. Drew Professor of Surgery at Howard University College of Medicine, chair of the Board of Directors of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and chair of the President's Cancer Panel. Dr. Leffall is a surgeon, oncologist, medical educator and leader in professional civic organizations. His significant achievements are chronicled in his recent autobiography, No Boundaries: A Cancer Surgeon's Odyssey, published by Howard University Press (2005).

Ralph M. Steinman, M.D., is the Henry G. Kunkel Professor at The Rockefeller University, Director of the Chris Browne Center for Immunology and Immune Diseases, and a senior physician at The Rockefeller University Hospital. Dr. Steinman studies the interface of the immune system with several disease states, including research aimed at developing vaccines and immune-based therapies for tumors, infections and autoimmune diseases.

Steven A. Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D., is Chief of Surgery at the National Cancer Institute and a Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His research interests have focused on studies of tumor immunology and the development of effective immunotherapies for the treatment of patients with cancer.

William Safire, Chairman, The Dana Foundation (Moderator).

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