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William L. McGuire Memorial Lecture Award -
Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD
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pioneer in the fields of cancer
genetics and personalized
medicine, Olufunmilayo Olopade,
MD, FASCO, FACP, OON, will receive
the William L. McGuire Memorial Lecture
Award at SABCS 2021. She will present
her lecture, Heterogeneity of Breast
Cancer Genomes: Going Beyond Therapy
to Risk Assessment and Prevention on
Wednesday, December 8.
" I am honored to receive this award in
memory of Dr. McGuire who first defined
heterogeneity in breast cancer by identifying
the subset of women with breast
cancer who had a high recurrence rate
and could benefit from more aggressive
combination chemotherapy, " Dr. Olopade
said. " While the estrogen receptor
remains the single most important determinant
of outcomes in breast cancer,
advances in genetic testing and genomics
research have propelled us into a new
era in precision oncology. We now have
the tools to predict and outright prevent
the most lethal forms of breast cancer. "
Dr. Olopade is the Walter L. Palmer
Distinguished Service Professor of
Medicine and Human Genetics and
Director of the Center for Clinical
Cancer Genetics and Global Health at
the University of Chicago Medicine.
She studies familial forms of cancers
and molecular mechanisms of tumor
progression in high-risk individuals
and diverse populations, including
mechanisms contributed by genetic and
non-genetic factors.
Throughout her career, Dr. Olopade
has championed the elimination of
cancer disparities everywhere. In 1992,
she founded the Comprehensive Cancer
Risk and Prevention Clinic in Chicago,
which serves as a critical resource for
individuals at high risk for developing
breast cancer.
As a clinician who regularly treated
patients with familial breast cancer, Dr.
Olopade proposed that both genetics
and environmental or lifestyle factors
can vary by race or ethnicity and affect
breast cancer incidence. In 2009, she
published the groundbreaking finding
that most tumors in indigenous African
women with breast cancer are triplenegative
tumors, and
that this population
carried distinct
genetic markers
associated with
accelerated
tumor
progression.
Triple-negative
breast cancer
is also more
common in African
American women
compared to white
women in the United
States. Her subsequent research
has illuminated the high prevalence
of BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in
African patients with breast cancer and
identified unique mutations across the
African Diaspora. These findings have
deepened the understanding of the
genomic landscape and evolutionary
trajectory of breast cancer and
outcomes among diverse populations
and helped to inform more effective
approaches to personalize screening,
DON'T MISS THESE 2021 SABCS
SPECIAL SESSIONS
ADVANCES AND UPDATES IN
patient care with a special
emphasis on equity and breast
oncology in a post-COVID world
will be the focus of four Special
Sessions at the 44th annual San
Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
On Tuesday, December 7, the
Special Session Trust in Science
and Healthcare will explore ways
to build more trust in science and
health care, particularly within
communities of color.
This session will be co-hosted
by Charles Perou, PhD, Professor
of Genetics and Co-Director of the
Lineberger Breast Cancer Research
Program at the University of North
Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Maimah
Karmo, president and founder of
the Tigerlily Foundation. Panelists
will discuss the problem of health
care inequity in breast cancer
research and treatment and ways
to maximize opportunities for
synergistic collaborations with
colleagues in cancer science and
medicine.
The following Special Sessions
will all be held on Wednesday,
December 8.
Melissa Bondy, PhD, Professor
of Epidemiology and Population
Health at Stanford University,
and Patty Spears, Research
Patient Advocate, University
of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill, will co-moderate Health
Equity in Translational Research
Studies. This session will address
disparities in translational research,
including clinical trial accrual and
biospecimen donation.
The Special Session Re-Framing
Leadership in Academic Breast
Oncology Post COVID-19 will
be moderated by SABCS CoDirector
Carlos Arteaga, MD,
and Rebecca Dent, MD, MSc,
of the National Cancer Centre
Singapore. Topics covered in
this session include learning by
leading and building a successful
translational breast program.
Laleh Amiri-Kordestani, MD,
Director, CDER Division of Oncology
1 (DO1), at the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA), will moderate
the Special Session Regulatory
Insights to the 2021 Early-Stage
Breast Cancer Approvals. Panelists
will discuss the status of new
agents approved or pending
approval for the treatment of earlystage
breast cancer.
Check the 2021 SABCS program
at www.SABCS.org for up-to-date
session information. ■
CHARLES PEROU, PHD
prevention, and
treatment.
" Dr. Olopade
has been a
leader in the
field of cancer
genetics as well
as diversity, "
said SABCS CoDirector
Virginia
Kaklamani, MD.
" Her research on
the role of genetics
as well as environment
in the development of breast
cancer in Black women has led to a
better understanding. But beyond her
important research contributions Dr.
Olopade has been a great colleague
and mentor. We are honored that she
has accepted the McGuire Memorial
Lecture Award. "
The McGuire Award was established
in 1992 to commemorate the significant
contributions to breast oncology by
Dr. McGuire who, along with Charles A.
Coltman, MD, founded SABCS in 1977. ■
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For those attending in person, Dr. Arteaga said that the
SABCS Program Planning Committee is working closely
with the San Antonio Convention Center to make sure all the
appropriate safety measures and precautions are in place.
" Safety is our number one priority, and we continue to
monitor daily developments in the pandemic and will continue
to make adjustments as necessary in order to adhere to the
CDC's COVID safety guidelines as well as all restrictions and
precautions required by the city, " Dr. Arteaga said. " If you can
make it to San Antonio, we will see you there; if not, register
today and join us virtually because you don't want to miss
SABCS 2021. From start to finish, we have a rich and robust
program with something for everyone. " ■
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