Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Top cancer researchers to convene in Sun Valley

Expedition Inspiration event set for March 5-9

Express Staff Writer

Dr. Peggy Porter, right, speaks with an audience member at the 2007 open forum in Sun Valley. Photo by Dana DuGan

The Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research will hold its 12th annual Laura Evans Memorial Breast Cancer Symposium Wednesday, March 5-9, in Sun Valley. Breast cancer research scientists from around the world will attend the symposium, titled "New Therapeutic Approaches to Breast Cancer."

The invitation-only conference will be chaired by Expedition Inspiration scientific advisor Dr. Marc Lippman, one of the world's leading authorities in the field of breast cancer.

"The Expedition Inspiration symposium provides an incredible opportunity for scientists and leading clinical researchers in the field of breast cancer to present novel, exciting, unpublished science," said Lippman, chairman of the University of Miami Department of Medicine.

Sponsored by a grant from the St. Luke's Wood River Foundation, an open forum for the public will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 6, in the Sun Valley Inn's Limelight Room. After symposium participants present information on the latest advances in breast cancer research, there will be a question-and-answer period for the audience.

This year, Expedition Inspiration will present two Young Investigator Grant recipients at the open forum. Drs. Vijayakirishna Gadi, University of Washington, and N. Lynn Henry, University of Michigan, received grants from Expedition Inspiration in 2007 and will speak about the research projects the organization is supporting.

Expedition Inspiration, which organizes treks, hikes and other activities to raise money for breast cancer research, is headquartered in Ketchum. For more information, call 726-6456 or

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