October 29, 1999
MEDIA CONTACT: Barb Chamberlain, 509/358-7527, chamberlain@wsu.edu
STORY SOURCE: Gary Meadows, director, WSU Cancer Prevention and Research Center, 509/335-4753
        SPOKANE, Wash. -- Approximately 200 health care practitioners and researchers from across the country are expected to attend the Inland Northwest Cancer Conference on "Research & Clinical Practice: Bridging the Gap," which focuses on breast cancer research and treatment. The conference is being held Nov. 5-6 at the Ridpath Hotel, 515 W. Sprague.
        Reporters are welcome to attend any of the sessions. All presentations are at the Ridpath except for the Friday evening lecture by Dr. Harris.

Friday, Nov. 5
8-8:20 a.m., "Bridging the Gap Between Cancer Research and Clinical Practice" Speakers: Gretchen M. Bataille, Ph.D., WSU provost and academic vice president; Gary G. Meadows, Ph.D., director, WSU Cancer Prevention and Research Center; Ryan F. Holbrook, M.D., Inland Northwest Cancer Centers and Sacred Heart Cancer Research Center.
8:20-9:20 a.m., "Why Do I Have Cancer? Impact of Genes and Environment in the Causation of Cancer," keynote presentation on the molecular basis of human cancer and implications for cancer risk and therapy. Speaker: Curtis Harris, M.D., is an internationally recognized researcher in environmental and genetic carcinogenesis and cancer risk factors. He is chief of the Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis at the National Cancer Institute.
2-3 p.m., "New Approaches to the Treatment of Breast Cancer"
Speaker: Clifford A. Hudis, M.D., chief, Breast Cancer Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
7 p.m., Free Public Lecture, WSU Spokane Phase One Classroom Building auditorium on the Riverpoint campus, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Dr. Curtis Harris speaks, with panelists Gary Meadows, Ph.D., director, WSU Cancer Prevention and Research Center, WSU; Ryan Holbrook, M.D., surgical oncologist, Sacred Heart Medical Center; and Julie Hanna, M.D., director of cytogenetics, SHMC.

Saturday, Nov. 6
8-9 a.m., "Dietary Influences on Cancer"
Speaker: Stephen B. Kritchevsky, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Tennessee.
9-10 a.m., "New Drug Combination Being Tested for Breast Cancer"
Speaker: Sayed Daoud, WSU Cancer Prevention and Research Center. More information is available online at <http://www.wsu.edu/NIS/releases2/ln102.htm>.

        The conference is jointly sponsored by Washington State University, the WSU Cancer Prevention and Research Center, Inland Northwest Cancer Centers, and the Spokane County Medical Society, in cooperation with the American Cancer Society-Spokane Unit, the American Institute for Cancer Research, WSU Spokane, and the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education/WSU College of Nursing.

Reporters and editors: A full conference program is available online at <http://www.eus.wsu.edu/c&i/programs/cancer.htm>.
        To arrange interviews with speakers outside their scheduled appearances, contact Barb Chamberlain, WSU Spokane communications manager, 509/358-7527, chamberlain@wsu.edu.


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