A Conversation about Pancreatic Cancer hosted by Carol Van Andel

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A Conversation about Pancreatic Cancer hosted by Carol Van Andel

November 10, 2021 @ 11:30 am EST - 1:30 pm EST

Despite incredible advances in cancer detection and treatment, pancreatic cancer continues to pose a particular challenge to physicians and patients because it often doesn’t have obvious early symptoms. By the time the disease is found, it is typically quite advanced, complicating treatment and leading to poorer patient outcomes.

Thanks to new breakthroughs, there is hope. Join us for A Conversation About Pancreatic Cancer — Hosted by Carol Van Andel, an event that will highlight the latest advances in pancreatic cancer research, with a focus on promising opportunities for early detection. You’ll hear from pancreatic cancer experts Dr. Brian Haab, a VAI professor whose lab is at the forefront of new diagnostic efforts, and Dr. J. Bradley Morrow, director of endoscopy at Mercy Health St. Mary’s. For the past five years, Drs. Haab and Morrow have collaborated on developing new diagnostics for pancreatic cancer.

Please note: Proof of vaccination will be required for those wishing to attend this event in person. Masks also will be required throughout the event and may only be removed when eating or drinking.

For those who cannot or do not wish to attend in person, a virtual livestream of the event will be offered.

More information about providing proof of vaccination will be sent closer to the event date. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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11:30. a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Guest arrival

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Welcome remarks by Maranda

Remarks by Carol Van Andel


Lunch is served

Remarks by Drs. Bradley Morrow and Brian Haab

Q&A session moderated by Maranda

Closing remarks by Maranda

Dr. Brian HaabDr. Brian Haab

Dr. Haab obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998. He then served as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Patrick Brown in the Department of Biochemistry at Stanford University. Dr. Haab joined VAI as a Special Program Investigator in May 2000, became a Scientific Investigator in 2004, and was promoted to Senior Scientific Investigator in 2007. He currently is a professor in VAI’s Department of Cell Biology and serves as an assistant dean of Van Andel Institute Graduate School. He also is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Genetics Program at Michigan State University.

Dr. J Bradley MorrowDr. Bradley Morrow

Bradley Morrow, MD graduated from Ohio State College of Medicine in 1994 and then completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Indiana University Medical Center in 1997. After finishing his Gastroenterology Fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 2001, he and his family moved to Grand Rapids (where they knew nobody) and he joined Grand River Gastroenterology, PC.

Dr Morrow is the Director of Endoscopy at Mercy Health St. Mary’s where he performs a specialized procedure called Endoscopic Ultrasound; a unique and minimally invasive test that has allowed him to diagnose pancreas cancer on hundreds of patients throughout the region. Working closely with other members of the GI Multidisciplinary Cancer Team at the Lacks Cancer Center, Morrow plays an active role in the diagnosis, staging, and management of patients with pancreas cancer.

Over the past five years, Morrow has collaborated with Brian Haab, PhD and his research team at VAI trying to develop a novel blood test to help with the diagnosis pancreas cancer. This exciting new research continues with a follow-up study launched in April of this year.

In his spare time, Dr. Morrow enjoys the outdoors.. fishing, golfing, and mountain biking. He and his family love their summer “weekends at the lake” and are all very happy they made the move to Grand Rapids twenty years ago!