*Check back soon for the 2019 agenda. Below is an overview of the 2018 agenda.*

2018 Program Details

All sessions will be held at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. 

Day 1 Program

Saturday, April 28, 2018


Preconference Program                                                                                                             

12:45pm – 2:45pm                                                                                                            

Project LEAD® Workshop: Early Dissemination of Cells That Become Lethal Metastasis

This LEAD® Grads-only session will highlight the role of DTCs, CTCs, as currently known, what we need to know, and what exactly cancer stem cells are and their presumed role in metastasis.

Speaker:         
Andrei Goga, MD, PhD,
UCSF Gazarian Presidential Chair; Professor, Department of Cell & Tissue Biology, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Moderator:       
Molly Mead, EdD,
Senior Consultant, Praxis Consulting Group, Inc. 

               

3:00pm – 3:15pm                                                                                                                                                              

Opening of Advocate Leadership Summit

Welcome and Summit Dedications                 

Speaker:           
Wanda Lucas, MBA,
NBCC Board of Directors; Metropolitan Washington DC Chapter of NBCC          

 

3:15pm – 3:45pm                                                                                                                                                              

President’s Plenary                
Speaker:          
Fran Visco, JD,
President, NBCC

 

3:45pm – 5:15pm                                                                                                 

Plenary Session (1): What is the Artemis Project? Understanding the Process and Progress

The Artemis Project® is the overarching research initiative of Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®. Hear how this effort is galvanizing a group of scientists and advocates to work together in bold new collaborations and learn how far we’ve come.  

Speakers:       
Alana Welm, PhD,
Associate Professor, Oncological Sciences, Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah
Silvia Formenti, MD, Chairman of Radiation Oncology, Professor of Radiation Oncology, Sandra and Edward Meyer Professor of Cancer Research, Weill Cornell Medicine
Susan Love, MD, MBA, Chief Visionary Officer, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

Moderator:     
Pat Haugen,
NBCC Advocate

 

5:30pm – 6:00pm              

Leadership Summit Group Photograph                                 

 

6:15pm - 7:15pm                                                                                                                                                                         

Finding Your Niche: A Welcome Orientation for New Leaders

Led by NBCC board members and advocates, this session will help first-time attendees navigate the conference program and get the very most out of the many opportunities presented at the conference. Special attention will be given to key plenary sessions, must-attend workshops, lobby day and special events.


 

Day 2 Program

Sunday, April 29, 2018

 

8:00am – 8:15am                                                                                                                                                               

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

8:15am – 9:45am                                                                                                                                                               

Plenary Session (2):

Advocacy in the New Political Climate

Times have changed. Now more than ever we need to bring breast cancer back to the forefront. Learn which strategies work and what will help get our message through. Hear about NBCC’s Campaign Vote Breast Cancer initiative.

Speaker:
Wanda Lucas,
NBCC Board of Directors; Metropolitan Washington DC Chapter of NBCC

Moderator:
Michelle Esser, 
NBCC Board of Directors; Young Survival Coalition

                                                                 

9:45am – 10:00am                             

Break

 

10:00am – 11:00am                                          

Workshops - Session One

 

Workshop 1 – Spotlight on Project LEAD Grad Advocate Projects

Speakers:
Maggie Carvan,
NBCC Advocate
Judy Perkins, NBCC Advocate

Moderator:
Liz Frank,
NBCC Advocate

Workshop 2- Building A Local Advocacy Network  

How do you build an advocacy network that isn’t a virtual social media group? Join a discussion with people who have built effective local advocacy groups. Share your current challenges, hear others’ successful strategies, and develop your own network expansion plan.

Speakers:     
Alex Dickinson, Vice President, Beekeeper Group
Christine Carpenter, NBCC Board of Directors; Cedar Valley Cancer Committee: Beyond Pink Team Pink

Moderator:
Carol Matyka,
NBCC Board of Directors; CARE Advocates Network

Workshop 3 – Immunotherapy and Breast Cancer – What’s Happening?

Immunology is being used to treat a variety of cancers. What about breast cancer? Explore the benefits, issues and barriers of immunology in breast cancer.

Speakers:     
Kim Lyerly, MD, FACS,
George Barth Geller Professor of Cancer Research, Professor of Surgery, Professor of Immunology, Professor of Pathology, Duke University

Moderator:
Nancy Ryan,
NBCC Advocate

Workshop 4 - Access to Health Care 

The individual mandate has been repealed. Amazon is now involved in a merger to create a health insurance company. What is the current state of health care policy?

Speakers:
Richard Frank, PhD,
Margaret T. Morris Professor of Health Economics, Harvard Medical School

Speaker/Moderator:
Michelle Esser, NBCC Board of Directors; Young Survival Coaltion 

Workshop 5 – How to Use Social Media for Advocacy

Social Media can provide tremendous rewards if you are creative and persistent. Learn the basics of using social media, how you can leverage social media for advocacy and how to create a strategy for using social media as part of your advocacy efforts.

Speakers:
Bethany Zell,
NBCC Field Coordinator, Pink Aroostook

Moderator:
Karen Poliseno, NBCC Board of Directors Alternate; CARE Advocates Network

               

11:00am – 11:15am
Break

 

11:15am – 12:15pm                                                                          

Workshops - Session Two

Workshop 1 – Spotlight on Project LEAD Grad Advocate Projects

Speakers:
Maggie Carvan, 
NBCC Advocate
Judy Perkins, NBCC Advocate

Moderator:
Liz Frank,
 NBCC Advocate

Workshop 2- Building A Local Advocacy Network  

How do you build an advocacy network that isn’t a virtual social media group? Join a discussion with people who have built effective local advocacy groups. Share your current challenges, hear others’ successful strategies, and develop your own network expansion plan.

Speakers:      
Alex Dickinson, Vice President, Beekeeper Group
Christine Carpenter, NBCC Board of Directors; Cedar Valley Cancer Committee: Beyond Pink Team Pink

Moderator:
Carol Matyka, 
NBCC Board of Directors; CARE Advocates Network

Workshop 3 – Immunotherapy and Breast Cancer – What’s Happening?

Immunology is being used to treat a variety of cancers. What about breast cancer? Explore the benefits, issues and barriers of immunology in breast cancer.

Speakers:      
Kim Lyerly, MD, FACS, 
George Barth Geller Professor of Cancer Research, Professor of Surgery, Professor of Immunology, Professor of Pathology, Duke University

Moderator:
Nancy Ryan, 
NBCC Advocate

Workshop 4 - Access to Health Care 

The individual mandate has been repealed. Amazon is now involved in a merger to create a health insurance company. What is the current state of health care policy?

Speakers:
Richard Frank, PhD, 
Margaret T. Morris Professor of Health Economics, Harvard Medical School

Speaker/Moderator:
Michelle Esser, NBCC Board of Directors; Young Survival Coaltion 

Workshop 5 – How to Use Social Media for Advocacy

Social Media can provide tremendous rewards if you are creative and persistent. Learn the basics of using social media, how you can leverage social media for advocacy and how to create a strategy for using social media as part of your advocacy efforts.

Speakers:
Bethany Zell, 
NBCC Field Coordinator, Pink Aroostook

Moderator:
Karen Poliseno, NBCC Board of Directors Alternate; CARE Advocates Network

             
12:15pm - 1:00pm

Lunch & Presentation 


1:00pm - 2:00pm 

Armchair Discussion: The Impact of DOD Funded Research

What progress has been made with the support of the DOD BCRP funding awards? What impact has the research made? Hear powerful stories from the panel of researchers.

Speakers:        
Mauro Ferrari, PhD,
Ernest Cockrell Jr Presidential Distinguished Chair, President and CEO, Houston Methodist Research Institute; Director, Institute for Academic Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital; Executive Vice President, Houston Methodist Hospital System; Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Nimmi Ramanujam, PhD, Robert W. Carr Jr. Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke University
Alana Welm, PhD, Associate Professor, Oncological Sciences, Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah 

Moderator:
Joy Simha,
NBCC Board of Directors Alternate; Young Survival Coalition          


2:00pm - 2:15pm

Break
 

2:15pm – 3:45pm                                              

Plenary Session (3): Ethical Issues Surrounding Cancer Treatments

What are the issues with  how cancer drugs are approved and the use of surrogate markers? How effective are they? Are they worth the cost? What is the cost value analysis in the world of cancer drugs? What about access to off label and the Right to Try?

Speakers:       
Sarah Emond, MPP,
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, ICER                  
Steven Joffe, MD, MPH, Emanuel & Robert Hart Associate Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy; Associate Professor of Pediatrics; Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Tracy Leduc, NBCC Advocate

Moderator:     
Cindy Pearson,
Executive Director, National Woman’s Health Network; Co-founder, Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need; and NBCC Advocate 

 

3:45pm – 4:00pm                                 

Break

 

4:00pm – 5:15pm                                                                              

Plenary Session (4): Deadline 2020 White Paper – An Interactive Session

Speaker:       
Wanda Lucas,
NBCC Board of Directors; Metropolitan Washington DC Chapter of NBCC

Facilitator: 
Molly Mead, EdD,
Senior Consultant, Praxis Consulting Group, Inc.

 

5:15pm - 5:30pm                             

Break

 

5:30pm – 6:15pm              

Advocate/ Speaker Meet Up           

Speakers: 

Mauro Ferrari, PhD, Ernest Cockrell Jr. Presidential Distinguished Chair, President and CEO, Houston Methodist Research Institute
Kim Lyerly, MD, FACS, George Barth Geller Professor for Research in Cancer and Professor of Surgery, Duke University     
Nimmi Ramanujam, PhD, Robert W. Carr Jr. Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke University
Alana Welm, PhD, Associate Professor, Oncological Sciences, Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah                                                                                             

 

Day 3 Program

Monday April 30, 2018

 

7:00am - 8:00am

Team Leader Breakfast                            

 

8:30am - 8:45am                                                                                                                                                

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

8:45am - 9:45am                                                                                                                                              

LOBBY DAY BRIEFING  

Speakers:               
Fran Visco, JD, President, NBCC
Bethany Zell, NBCC Field Coordinator, Pink Aroostook    

                                          

9:45am - 10:00am

Break     

 

10:00am – 11:30am                                

Plenary Session (6) The Artemis Project    

Where are we with the preventative vaccine? What work is being done in prevention of metastasis?

Speakers:     
Keith Knutson, PhD,
Professor, Department of Immunology, Mayo Clinic; Director, Mayo Clinic Florida Cancer Research Program
Cyrus Ghajar, PhD,
Director, Laboratory for the Study of Metastatic Environment, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center   
Michele Rakoff,
NBCC Board of Directors; Breast Cancer Care and Research Fund   

 

11:30am – 11:45am
Break

 

11:45am – 12:45pm

Workshop - Session One


Workshop 1 – Participating Effectively in a Scientific Peer Review

What is involved in the scientific review process? What is the critical role of the advocate? Learn from advocates and an expert in scientific review and prepare to become involved!

Speakers:       
Molly Mead, EdD,
Senior Consultant, Praxis Consulting Group, Inc. 
Beth Emery, NBCC Board of Directors Alternate 

Moderator:
Kathleen Harris, NBCC Advocate 

** This workshop was funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award ** 
 

Workshop 2 – Ramp up Your Critical Appraisal Skills

Take your critical appraisal skills to the next level. Whether it is reviewing a scientific proposal, reading a research article in a journal or explaining a health piece in the media. Learn how to cut through the hype and focus on the key criteria for analyzing scientific literature.

Speakers:       
Gary Schwitzer,
Publisher and Founder, Health News Review
Christine Norton, NBCC Board of Directors; Minnesota Breast Cancer Coalition

Moderator:
Kim Tankersley, NBCC Advocate

** This workshop was funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award ** 

Workshop 3 – Genomics and Breast Cancer 

How are they used in breast cancer, what do they tell us, and where are we going? Learn about two approaches to genomics:  molecular profiles based on studies are used to make treatment decisions and genomics used to predict risk of recurrence.

Speakers:     
Steven Shak, MD,
Co-founder, Chief Scientific Officer, Genomic Health, Inc.
Michele Atlan, NBCC Board of Directors Alternate; Breast Cancer Care and Research Fund

Moderator:
Vernal Branch, NBCC Advocate

Workshop 4 –  Biologics, Targeted Therapy, Big Molecules and Small Molecule…What Difference Does it Make?

This is your chance to develop a better understanding of the pros and cons of the different drugs and other interventions in breast cancer. What are the differences among them? Why do they matter? What do we know about them in breast cancer?

Workshop 5 – Campaign Vote Breast Cancer

Speakers:
Wanda Lucas,
NBCC Board of Directors; Metropolitan Washington DC Chapter of NBCC

Moderator:
Rose Marie Sitko, NBCC Board of Directors; Michigan Breast Cancer Coalition

                                               

1:00pm – 2:15pm 
Armchair Discussion with Dr. Dennis Slamon

Speakers:     
Dennis Slamon, MD, PhD,
Director of Clinical/Translational Research; Director of the Revlon/UCLA Women's Cancer Research Program at Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCLA
Fran Visco, JD,
President, NBCC 

                                                 

2:30pm – 3:30pm               

Workshop - Session Two

 

Workshop 1 – Participating Effectively in a Scientific Peer Review

What is involved in the scientific review process? What is the critical role of the advocate? Learn from advocates and an expert in scientific review and prepare to become involved!

Speakers:       
Molly Mead, EdD, 
Senior Consultant, Praxis Consulting Group, Inc.  
Beth Emery, NBCC Board of Directors Alternate 

Moderator:
Kathleen Harris, NBCC Advocate 

** This workshop was funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award ** 
 

Workshop 2 – Ramp up Your Critical Appraisal Skills

Take your critical appraisal skills to the next level. Whether it is reviewing a scientific proposal, reading a research article in a journal or explaining a health piece in the media. Learn how to cut through the hype and focus on the key criteria for analyzing scientific literature.

Speakers:       
Gary Schwitzer, 
Publisher and Founder, Health News Review
Christine Norton, NBCC Board of Directors; Minnesota Breast Cancer Coalition

Moderator:
Kim Tankersley, NBCC Advocate

** This workshop was funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award ** 

Workshop 3 – Genomics and Breast Cancer 

How are they used in breast cancer, what do they tell us, and where are we going? Learn about two approaches to genomics:  molecular profiles based on studies are used to make treatment decisions and genomics used to predict risk of recurrence.

Speakers:      
Steven Shak, MD, 
Co-founder, Chief Scientific Officer, Genomic Health, Inc.
Michele Atlan, NBCC Board of Directors Alternate; Breast Cancer Care and Research Fund

Moderator:
Vernal Branch, NBCC Advocate

Workshop 4 –  Biologics, Targeted Therapy, Big Molecules and Small Molecule…What Difference Does it Make?

This is your chance to develop a better understanding of the pros and cons of the different drugs and other interventions in breast cancer. What are the differences among them? Why do they matter? What do we know about them in breast cancer?

Workshop 5 – Campaign Vote Breast Cancer 

Speakers:
Wanda Lucas, 
NBCC Board of Directors; Metropolitan Washington DC Chapter of NBCC

Moderator:
Rose Marie Sitko, NBCC Board of Directors; Michigan Breast Cancer Coalition

 

 

3:30pm – 3:45pm
Break

 

3:45pm-5:15pm
Plenary Session (5): Political Plenary

How does the present women’s movement affect the political agenda? Panelists will discuss what is happening on the electoral and grassroots fronts. 

Speakers:
Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO, National Women's Law Center
Mũthoni Wambu Kraal, Vice President of National Outreach and Training, EMILY's List
Judi Hirshfield-Bartek, NBCC Board of Directors; Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

Moderator: 
Joanne Howes, 
Women's Health Consultant

 

5:15pm - 6:15pm                                                                                                     

STATE DELEGATION MEETINGS

 

6:30pm – 9:30pm                                                                                     

WOMEN WITH BALLS®: STRIKE! BREAST CANCER

                               

Day 4 Program

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

 

Annual Lobby Day

 

7:00am – 8:00am

Location: Studio B

LUGGAGE DROP-OFF

NBCC has arranged for a valet service to receive and transport luggage to the United Methodist Building (100 Maryland Avenue—entrance faces US Capitol on First Street). Attendees departing Washington from Capitol Hill who need their luggage transported to the United Methodist Building should take it to Studio B. If you will be departing from Capitol Hill and need your luggage before 12:30pm, you must transport your luggage.

 

7:45am & 8:00am

Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel Lobby Entrance

BUSES DEPART FOR CAPITOL HILL

Starting at 7:45am, buses will take Lobby Day partic­ipants from the hotel to Capitol Hill. The Capitol Hill drop-off location is on the southeast side of the US Capitol at Garfield Circle. NBCC’s base of operations for the entire Lobby Day—8:30am to 5:30pm will be the Reserve Officers Association (ROA) Building. Continental breakfast and lunch will be available.

 

9:00am – 5:30pm

Capitol Hill

CONGRESSIONAL VISITS

NBCC advocates meet with Members of Congress!

 

12:30pm – 6:00pm

United Methodist Building

LUGGAGE PICK-UP

Attendees who leave their luggage with the NBCC valet service at the hotel will have their items transported to the United Methodist Building. You must pick up your luggage by 6:00pm.

 

6:00pm

Peace Circle

BUS RETURNS TO RENAISSANCE ARLINGTON CAPITAL VIEW HOTEL

Bus will depart from Peace Circle