[Illinois] Cancer Community Symposium 2012: An Integrated Approach to Cancer Research

By John F. McDonald

Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

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Cancer Community At Illinois Symposium 2012

April 5-6, 2012: Connecting patient care, research, and scientific advancement

Symposium Premise
This on-campus research symposium aims to bring together members of campus and the surrounding community to foster interdisciplinary discussions on cancer research and its affects on patient care. In order to increase understanding and awareness, we will discuss in an open forum with research talks, poster presentations, and panel discussions. We invite community members, clinicians, and researchers from UIUC and other Midwest regional institutions from departments ranging from the social sciences to basic sciences to engineering and medicine.
The symposium features invited talks from nationally-recognized cancer researchers, oral presentations from UIUC faculty and students, and poster sessions. We encourage student researchers from UIUC and from other regional schools to apply (travel awards are available).

About CC@I Symposium
The Cancer Community at Illinois (CC@I) Symposium is organized by a group of students on the University of Illinois campus to bridge the areas of social science, basic sciences to engineering and medicine as they relate to cancer. The symposium mission is to: 1) Facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and understanding that transcends established departmental affiliation; 2) Foster an increased understanding of the social and environmental factors affecting patients; and 3) Develop unique vantage points afforded by interactive dialogue between and among the various cancer research disciplines. In order to accomplish this, the symposium will engage the local patient community through use of the nascent social and support efforts of the Mills Breast Cancer Institute, Carle Hospital, and regional clinical collaborators.
If you are interested in other CC@I events or the program in general, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


In addition to his responsibilities as Associate Dean at Georgia Tech, Dr. McDonald also serves as Director of Tech's Integrated Cancer Research Center (ICRC). ICRC researchers are using the latest genomic- and nano-technologies to develop new and effective cancer diagnostics and therapeutics. Dr McDonald is the Chief Scientific Officer at the Ovarian Cancer Institute (Atlanta) and previously served as Head of the Genetics Department at the University of Georgia (Athens) and Chair of the School of Biology at Georgia Tech. Dr. McDonald is an Elected Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He holds a PhD in Genetics from University of California, Davis, CA. and did his post-doctoral training at the University of California San Diego (La Jolla) and at the Institute for Cancer Research at Columbia University Medical School (New York).


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