Van Andel Institute Public Lecture Series: A Focus on Pancreatic Cancer
March 12, 2019 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT
Please join us for a free, public lecture at Van Andel Institute, A Focus on Pancreatic Cancer, from Foundations to Early Detection. Learn why basic research is fundamental in scientists’ quest to discover more effective ways to detect and treat diseases like pancreatic cancer. Hear the latest news about a promising blood test that could help identify this aggressive disease much sooner than currently possible. Pancreatic cancer poses 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. A Focus on Pancreatic Cancer will highlight new advances in disease detection and provide guests with an understanding of how laboratory research is changing our understanding of cancer. Complimentary valet parking and a boxed lunch will be available.
Dr. Williams received his Ph.D. in biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996 where he trained with Tyler Jacks. For three years, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health in the laboratory of Harold Varmus, former Director of NIH. Dr. Williams joined VARI as a Scientific Investigator in July 1999. He is now a professor and the Director of the Center for Cancer and Cell Biology.
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 VARI as a Special Program Investigator in May 2000, became a Scientific Investigator in 2004, and was promoted to Senior Scientific Investigator in 2007. He also serves as an assistant dean of Van Andel Institute Graduate School and as an adjunct professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Genetics Program at Michigan State University.