Come to a New Mexico PBS Science Café! A clip from an episode of NOVA scienceNOW, Nature or a comparable program will be screened. An expert on the topic will attend to answer questions & have an open discussion with the audience.


Cancer treatment is undergoing a revolution resulting from two major advances in cancer research. The first, “precision or personalized” medicine results from advances in human genome science and new clinical applications of tumor and host genome sequencing, which identifies specific cancer-causing mutations in tumor cells and allows physicians to select and design therapies targeted to these mutations, facilitating individualized treatment plans for each patient. The second advance arises from discoveries in immunotherapy. The immune system has long been thought to have great potential to fight cancer, but harnessing that potential has proven difficult until recently. Immunotherapy uses the patient’s own immune system to help fight cancer, and its more recent successes holds great promise.

Come to the March New Mexico PBS Science Café and watch a segment from Ken Burns’s new series Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. Then, participate in a discussion with experts on immunotherapy, personalized medicine and advances in cancer treatment.

Speakers include:
Cheryl L. Willman, MD
Director and CEO, University of New Mexico Cancer Center
Professor of Pathology and Internal Medicine, UNM School of Medicine
The Maurice & Marguerite Liberman Distinguished Chair in Cancer Research

Scott A. Ness, PhD
Associate Director, Shared Resources, University of New Mexico Cancer Center
Professor, Division of Molecular Medicine, Dept. Internal Medicine, UNM School of Medicine
The Victor and Ruby Hansen Surface Endowed Professor in Cancer Genomics.

Olivier Rixe, MD, PhD
Associate Director for Clinical Research, University of New Mexico Cancer Center
Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Dept. UNM School of Medicine
  • Speakers: Cheryl L. Willman, MD, Scott A. Ness, PhD, Olivier Rixe, MD, PhD
  • Date: Saturday, March 28
  • Time: 10:00am - 12noon
  • Location: UNM Cancer Center: 1201 Camino de Salud NE, Albuquerque, NM
Admission is FREE but a Reservation is Required. Seats are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. RSVP to Rose Poston: 277-2396 or Online.

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