Presented by the Griffith Family Foundation with Penn State Altoona, Blair Gastroenterology, Sheetz, Inc., Altoona Regional Health System, Tyrone Hospital, Nason Hospital, and Home Nursing Agency
Date: Friday, April 5th, 2013
Research Advances on Cancer: Student Summit 2013
Time: 1:30 to 4:30 PM
Place: Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence at Penn State Altoona, Altoona, PA
Fifty students from local high schools and Penn State Altoona will participate in a groundbreaking panel discussion with Jack Andraka (the 16-year-old winner of the 2012 Intel science and engineering fair for his early-detection of pancreatic, lung and ovarian cancers), Dr. Ralph McKibbin and associates of Blair Gastroenterology, and Cathy Griffith, Founder and Chairman of the Griffith Family Foundation. This interactive discussion between students and the panel will focus on developing new ways that this generation can actively participate in the “war on cancer”. We hope that this event will inspire young minds to think about how they can make a difference and use their talents to better our world! It is going to take minds like Jack Andraka‘s and the passion of young people across the country to transform the way we treat and diagnose all forms of cancer.
Pioneering Research Advances on Cancer 2013: Creation of a Landmark Medical Alliance
Time: 7:30 PM
Place: Penn State Altoona Devorris Downtown Center, Altoona, PA
Price: $30 per person
Dr. A. James Moser of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School and Dr. Herbert Zeh of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have been working together for over ten years and are internationally acclaimed for their robotic whipple surgery. Dr. Zeh planned to attend this groundbreaking event, but was asked to present a research project on this same date. Dr. Amer Zureikat, who is Dr. Zeh’s associate and co-director of the UPMC Pancreatic Cancer Center, will now be attending the event on behalf of Dr. Zeh and UPMC.
Dr. Moser, Dr. Zeh, and Dr. Zureikat have collaborated to establish a minimally invasive pancreatic surgery registry in order to accumulate and analyze data from pancreatic cancer surgery from eleven hospitals nationally and internationally. Tonight marks the creation of a landmark medical alliance and the announcement of the Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer (AFFPC). Many pancreatic families and foundations like the Griffith Family Foundation have joined together to support the efforts of Dr. A. James Moser and the Association of Laproscopic Pancreatic Surgeons (ALPS). By funding their research privately through the AFFPC, Dr. Moser and his team will have the freedom to make decisions that produce real results, free from the bureaucracy that comes with government funding. Through the grassroots efforts of the AFFPC, we hope to unite the pancreatic cancer community to have a real impact on this deadly disease.
We welcome medical and business professionals and community members to attend this groundbreaking event to announce the formation of the Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer and look forward to seeing pancreatic cancer become a disease that can be detected earlier and treated with a more positive outlook. Always believe in a better tomorrow!