Introducing Knight School

A new series of science talks produced by the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute debuts this month in Portland. Researchers, clinicians and patients are going on stage to present interconnected stories of discovery and determination. 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.

Bree Mitchell, Ph.D., responds to audience questions with Chris Corless, M.D., Ph.D. (OHSU/Joe Rojas-Burke)

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.

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