News Release: Research, School of Medicine, School of Public Health, Winship Cancer Institute

Apr. 30,  2009

Scientific Symposium Looks at Triple Negative Breast Cancer

News Article ImageRuth O'Regan, MD

The Emory Winship Cancer Institute will host many of the most prominent names in breast cancer research May 15 for the Jean Sindab Triple Negative Breast Cancer Symposium. The meeting will be held 7 am-5 pm at the Intercontinental Hotel, Buckhead.

Triple negative breast cancer is resistant to recently developed targeted therapies. In addition, researchers at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health have determined that triple negative cancer strikes young African American women at nearly twice the rate of young white women.

The Sindab Triple Negative Breast Cancer symposium will bring together the brightest minds in breast cancer research for an educational overview of the latest advances into this disease. The symposium will feature internationally known speakers in the areas of: medical oncology, molecular studies, surgery, radiation oncology, health disparities and radiology.  There is no cost to attend and the presentations are targeted toward medical professionals.

Directed by Ruth O'Regan, MD, director of Emory Winship's Translational Breast Cancer Research program, the symposium will include scientific presentations by internationally recognized researchers, including Jennifer Pietenpol, PhD, director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center; Nancy Davidson, MD, director the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute; and Otis Brawley, MD, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society. 

"We're very excited to have these wonderful speakers coming to Atlanta to discuss the most recent developments in triple negative research," says O'Regan. "We've made good progress, but we have a long way to go, and meetings such as these help educate physicians and researchers so we're all on the same page and can work together more effectively to solve this problem." 

The symposium is named for Jean Sindab, an African-American scholar and social activist who died from breast cancer at the age of 51. 

For more information about the Jean Sindab Triple Negative Breast Cancer Sympoisum, call 404-778-4418 or visit


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