December 8, 2015

Helicobacter pylori & Gastric Cancer Research Symposium to be Thursday, Dec. 10

The research of Pelayo Correa, M.D., Anne Potter Wilson Professor of Medicine, will be honored with a research symposium on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Life Center in Ballroom A. 

Correa's research has centered on understanding the pathogenesis of H. pylori infection and its relationship to gastric cancer.  

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A limited number of lunches will be provided for the symposium.

Here is the day's agenda:

Helicobacter pylori & Gastric Cancer Research Symposium Sponsored in part by the Samuel S. Riven Visiting Professorship, honoring the research of Dr. Pelayo Correa 

9:00 – 9:05 am: 


Richard M. Peek Jr., M.D.

Mina Cobb Wallace Professor of Medicine and Cancer Biology, Director, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

9:05 – 9:35 am:

Presentation: “Following the Steps of a Giant” Guillermo Perez-Perez, D.Sc.
Associate Professor of Medicine and Microbiology
New York University School of Medicine

Sponsored by the Samuel S. Riven Visiting Professorship

9:35 – 10:05 am:

Presentation: “Epstein-Barr Virus and Gastric Cancer” Constanza Camargo, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health

Sponsored by the Samuel S. Riven Visiting Professorship

10:05 – 10:35 am:

Presentation: "Uncommon Niches for H. pylori Colonization" Javier Torres, Ph.D.
Unidad de Investigacion en Enfermedades Infecciosas
UMAE Pediatria, IMSS

Sponsored by the Samuel S. Riven Visiting Professorship

10:35 - 10:50 am Break

10:50 – 11:20 am:

Presentation: "Investigating the Epidemiology of H. pylori Infection: From the Equator to the North Pole"
Karen Goodman, Ph.D., MPH

Professor of Medicine

Division of Gastroenterology University of Alberta, Canada

11:20 – 11:50 am:

Presentation: “Molecular Mechanisms Associated with the Development of Precancerous Gastric Lesions”
Jovanny Zabaleta, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Research

Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center
Louisiana State University Health Science Center
Sponsored by the Samuel S. Riven Visiting Professorship

11:50 am – 12:50 pm: Lunch

12:50 – 1:20 pm: 

Presentation: “Getting Comfortable: Adaptation to a New Host During Acute H. pylori Infection”
Jay Solnick, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology

Center for Comparative Medicine University of California, Davis

1:20 – 1:50 pm: 

Presentation: “Type IV Protein Secretion in Helicobacter pyloriTim Cover, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

1:50 – 2:20 pm:

Presentation: “Immunobiology of H. pylori Pathogenesis in Children” Phillip Smith, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
University of Alabama, Birmingham

2:20 - 2:35 pm: Break

 2:35 – 3:05 pm: 

Presentation: “How Translational Studies in Colombia Have Led Us to New Approaches to Targeted Chemoprevention of Gastric Cancer”
Keith T. Wilson, M.D.

Thomas F. Frist Sr. Professor of Medicine

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology and Cancer Biology

3:05 – 3:35 pm:

Presentation: “Why H. pylori Research Needs Community Ecology: What Animal Models have Taught Us”
Jim Fox, D.V.M.
Professor, Department of Biological Engineering

Director, Division of Comparative Medicine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3:35 – 4:05 pm:

Presentation: “Gastric Stem Cells, Stem Cell Niches, and the Origins of Gastric Cancer” Timothy Wang, M.D.
Dorothy L. and Daniel H. Silberberg Professor of Medicine
Columbia University

4:05 – 4:20 pm : Break

4:20 – 5:00 pm:

Presentation: “Biology of Helicobacter pylori: A Clock that Ticks for Gastric Cancer” Martin Blaser, M.D.
Muriel and George Singer Professor of Medicine
Professor of Microbiology

Director, Human Microbiome Program New York University