Knight School is a new series of science talks designed to educate, entertain, and inspire with stories told by researchers, clinicians and patients who are prepared to bring the science to life for audiences. Each speaker will take a turn on stage for about 10 minutes and contribute to a larger, connected story. The one-hour shows conclude with a question-and-answer session. Attendance is free, but you’ll need to register in advance to secure a seat. The series kicks off on Tuesday, Jan. 15, with “Cancer 101: Where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going” featuring the following storytellers:
Photo: Brian Druker, M.D., Hai Pham, D.M.D, and Chris Corless, M.D., Ph.D., on stage for Knight School (OHSU/Joe Rojas-Burke).
Brian Druker, M.D., director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
Druker led the development of the most successful targeted therapy drug in oncology: imatinib, first marketed as Gleevec, which transformed the outlook for people with chronic myeloid leukemia. A disease with a life expectancy of less than five years became a manageable condition with a life expectancy almost equal to that of the general population.
Bree Mitchell, Ph.D., executive director of CEDAR, the Knight Cancer Institute’s center for Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research
Mitchell has held leadership roles at Stanford University’s Canary Center for Early Detection and biotech companies. While at Intel Corp., Mitchell led a collaborative project with Cedar-Sinai Medical Center focused on cancer biomarker discovery research.
Chris Corless, M.D., Ph.D., executive director of the Knight Diagnostic Laboratories
Corless is a professor of pathology in the OHSU School of Medicine. He oversees the development of novel molecular and proteomic tests for solid tumors. The Knight Diagnostic Laboratories specialize in oncology, rare genetic disorders, and infectious disease.
Hai Pham, D.M.D., pediatric dentist and cancer survivor
While going through his pediatric residency training, Pham was also battling cancer. He serves as Oregon’s delegate for the American Dental Association, presents about pediatric dentistry to health care professionals, and is an avid humanitarian.
Visit ohsuknightschool.com for the full schedule and other details.