Public lecture: Melissa Wong, Ph.D., speaks on preventing metastasis, Nov. 15

The Marquam Hill Lecture Series continues with Melissa Wong, Ph.D., presenting, “Thinking Outside the Box to Treat Late-Stage Cancer.” The lecture will be held in the OHSU Auditorium and will begin at 7:30 p.m. on November 15, 2012.

About the lecture

While recent advances in cancer treatment are saving lives, there has been frustratingly little progress made on treating the metastatic spread of disease – the last and least understood phase of cancer progression.

Melissa Wong, Ph.D., is an associate professor of dermatology and cell and developmental biology, a researcher in the Oregon Stem Cell Center and a member of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. Dr. Wong’s goal is to track down and stop cancer cells before they turn deadly. Her research has pointed her toward an intriguing mechanism for explaining how cancer cells gain the ability to circulate to other sites in the body.

Dr. Wong’s presentation will focus on the search for the elusive triggers that spark cancer cells’ aggressive behavior and explain how this information may help shape new life-saving treatments for late-stage cancer.

Lectures are free and open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are requested. Register for this lecture today!