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Presented by:

The Usha Mahajani Foundation
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Sanford-Burnham Prebys
    Medical Discovery Institute
Moores Cancer Center at
    UC San Diego Health


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29th Annual

Usha Mahajani Symposium on
Molecular Medicine

Friday, September 8, 2017

USHA MAHAJANI SYMPOSIUM HISTORY

The annual Usha Mahajani symposium is a collaborative project between UC San Diego, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. The multi-sponsored symposium was established in memory of Dr. Usha Mahajani, who lost her battle with cancer in 1988.

The first symposium was held in September, 1989. It was chaired by Drs. James Feramisco and Michael Karin and the keynote speaker was the Nobel Laureate Dr. Harold Varmus. Since then, the symposium has been chaired by faculty members at UC San Diego, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. Speakers have come from outstanding institutions in the United States and abroad including Oxford and Cambridge Universities, the University of Paris, and universities in Sweden, Norway and Japan.

The symposium is held in the first part of September of each year, and is generally attended by 250 - 300 senior investigators, post-docs and graduate students in academia and biotech throughout southern California and beyond. Future scientists have an entire day to interact with national and international experts in the field of biomedical research – an unusual and attractive interaction for their career growth.

At the present, the symposium is supported from the earnings of the endowment made by the Usha Mahajani Foundation, and by contributions from Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies and bio-tech companies in the San Diego area.

Usha Mahajani, PhD

The Usha Mahajani Foundation was started in memory of Dr. Usha Mahajani who was born in India in 1933. She came to the United States for her post-baccalaureate education receiving a Master’s degree from Smith College in 1955 and a doctoral degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1957. Her area of interest was international relations, and she held faculty positions at the Australian National University and Central Washington University. She died at the untimely age of 45 of metastatic breast cancer. The foundation was established by her husband, Vijay Sharma, PhD, an emeritus faculty member in the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

USHA MAHAJANI FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Gerry Boss, MD
President, Usha Mahajani Foundation Board
Professor and Vice-chair for Research
Department of Medicine
UC San Diego

Webster K. Cavenee, PhD
Director, Strategic Alliances CNS
Ludwig Cancer Research
Distinguished Professor
UC San Diego

Wolfgang H. Dillmann, MD
Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor
Chair, Department of Medicine
UC San Diego

James R. Feramisco, PhD
Professor, Emeritus
Depts. of Medicine, Pharmacology &
Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health

Scott M. Lippman, MD
Director, Moores Cancer Center
Senior Associate Dean and Associate vice Chancellor for Cancer Research and Care
Chugai Pharmaceutical Chair in Cancer
Professor of Medicine
UC San Diego

Tony Hunter, PhD
Renato Dulbecco Chair In Cancer Research
Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Richard Kolodner, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Distinguished Professor of Cellular and
Molecular Medicine
Member, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
Executive Director, Laboratory Science & Technology
UC San Diego

Ze’ev Ronai, PhD
Chief Scientific Advisor
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Vijay Sharma, PhD
Professor, Emeritus
UC San Diego

Sandy J. Shattil, MD
Distinguished Professor of Medicine
UC San Diego

Inder M. Verma, PhD
Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Kristiina Vuori, MD, PhD
President
Professor, NCI-designated Cancer Center
Pauline & Stanley Foster Presidential Chair
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute


Usha Mahajani Symposium 1989 - 2016

Date

Title

9/6-8/89

National and Synthetic Tumor Suppressor Genes

9/6-7/90

Molecular Approaches to Genetic Disease and Cancer

9/5-6/91

The Genetic and Biochemical Basis of Cancer

9/8/92

Control of Cell Cycle

9/9-10/93

GTP-Binding Proteins: Their Role in Basic Cell Functions

9/8-9/94

Molecular control of Transcription in Development and Disease

9/7-8/95

Molecular control of Development and Homeostasis

9/5-6/96

Transcriptional Control of Development

9/5/97

Cancer: A Genetic  Disease

9/18/98

Cancer: A disease of the Cell Cycle

9/17/99

Cancer on the Eve of The Millennium: Diagnostics, Therapy & Prevention

9/15/00

Cancer at the Beginning of The Millennium: Diagnostics, Therapy & Prevention

9/14/01

Functional Genomics & Proteomics in Medicine (cancelled due to 9/11)

9/13/02

Functional Genomics & Proteomics in Medicine

9/12/03

Animal Models & Imaging: Recent Advances in Cancer Research

9/10/04

Chromatin Modification, Epigenetics & Disease: Advances in Cancer Research

9/9/05

DNA Repair and Cancer

9/8/06

Cancer Metastasis & Invasion

9/7/07

Metabolism and Cancer

9/12/08

Molecular Targets of Cancer Therapy

9/11/09

Host Response to Cancer and its Implications for Therapy

9/20/10

Targeted Therapeutics, Basic & Clinical Implications of Tumor Targeting

9/16/11

Stem Cells in Cancer

9/7/12

Cancer, the Microbiome, and the Virome

9/9/13

Cancer Genomics Medicine

9/8/14

Cancer Immunotherapy

9/11/15

Cancer Epigenetics

9/9/16

RNA and Cancer