February 5, 2020

“#ICAN Sideline Pancreatic Cancer” Student Forum | Fri. Apr. 17, 2020

The Griffith Family Foundation “#ICAN Sideline Pancreatic Cancer” Student Forum: “‘We Are’ Fighting for Our Future” will take place Friday, April 17th at Nittany Lion Inn in State College, PA.

Venue Details

• Nittany Lion Inn, State College, PA 16803
• Friday, April 17th, 2020
• 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
• Students – FREE
• Adults – $40 (click here to order a ticket online)

For out of town guests, you will be able to reserve a room at the Inn:
Click here to make a reservation

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About the 2020 Student Forum

On Friday, April 17th, 2020, from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, Sideline Cancer at Penn State and local high school and university students welcome YOU to attend their “#ICAN Sideline Pancreatic Student Forum.” Presenters and participants will engage in active discussion to take Pancreatic Cancer Off the Sidelines and to the Finishline for a Cure.

If you are interested in participating as a panelist call (814-937-1082) or or email Cathy Griffith ( by January 13th, 2020 to confirm.

Many of the panel members from our 2019 Symposium have confirmed that they will be participants on Friday, April 17th, 2020 at our Student Forum at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College, PA.

Click here to see the highlight video and photos from that event.

Panelists for the 2020 Student Forum

Below is a list of the key participants presenting to students and community members at our upcoming “#ICAN Sideline Pancreatic Cancer ” Student Forum. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions to our panel regarding how their generation “Can” assist research efforts to take Pancreatic Cancer Off the Sidelines and to the Finishline. 

Dr. A James Moser is Professor, Surgery, Harvard Medical School;
Co-Director, Pancreas and Liver Institute, Co-Director Pancreatic Cancer Research Program, Surgical Oncology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. Adair James Adair is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. He is considered an expert on nanomaterials, especially for drug delivery. He is also the Invent Penn State 2018 “Inventor of the Year,” and the Penn State Sideline Pancreatic Cancer Club advisor.

Dr. Michael Lotze is a Professor of Surgery, Immunology and Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Lotze is Vice Chair of the research Department of Surgery, Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships.

Dr. Shyam Thakkar is the AHN Chief of Endoscopy at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA and Associate Professor of Medicine at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Dr. Randall Brand is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and a physician-scientist with an extensive background in pancreatic diseases mainly focused on the early diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer and cystic lesions of the pancreas.

Saint Francis University Center for Rural Cancer Survivorship, within the School of Health Sciences and Education, is a comprehensive Interdisciplinary center developed to provide outpatient services to all cancer patients and survivors. The centers’ directors are – from left to right – Dr. Stephen Baker (Psychology), Dr. Stephen LoRusso (Exercise Physiology), and Dr. Ivan Mulligan (Physical Therapy), who guide the educational (Master of Science in Cancer Care), the clinical exercise oncology program, and survivorship research studies.

Dr. Brian Boone is an Assistant Professor of Surgical Oncology at West Virginia University. He is also a faculty member at the WVU Cancer Institute, the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology.

Dr. Ralph McKibbin is a member of the Blair Gastroenterology Associates, the Pennsylvania Society of Gastroenterology, and the Digestive Disease National. Dr. McKibbin has been a leading voice for the cancer community on a local and national level.

Dr. Matt Moyer is an Associate Professor, Division of Gastroenterology
at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Cancer Institute.

Cindy Callahan, RN is the Market Access Director for Immunovia, Inc, located in Marlborough, MA. The parent company, Immunovia AB was founded in 2007 by researchers from the Department of Immunotechnology at Lund University and CREATE Health (the Center for Translational Cancer Research) in Lund, Sweden.

Click on the image below to download a copy of our 2019 Sympoisum Program.

Agenda for Friday, April 17, 2020

9:00 am – 9:10 am


Brother Shamas McGenra – Cancer Survivor
Lisa Georgiana – Director, Center for Service & Learning at Saint Francis University

9:10 am – 9:30 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Cathy Griffith – President and Founder The Griffith Family Foundation
Dr. A James Moser – Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Dr. James Adair – Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State University, Sideline Cancer at Penn State University Club Advisor
Josh Cobler – President of Sideline Cancer at Penn State
Alyssa Brozenich – President of Sideline Cancer at Penn State Altoona
Dr. Debra Yesky – Head of Regulatory Affairs, North America at Coalition
for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations
Marrisa Lombardi – Griffith Family Foundation Outreach Liaison

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Video Presentation

The History of “Sideline Cancer”

9:45 am – 11:00 am

Panel Introduction and Discussion

11:00 am – 11:15 am


11:15 am – 11:30 am

Group Photo

11:30 am – 11:45 am

Closing Remarks & Adjourn

11:45 am – 1:00 pm


Sponsor The “#ICAN Sideline Pancreatic Cancer” Student Forum

With the amount of talent and energy that will be joining together at this Forum, it’s easy to see how collaborative events like these are significant in the global campaign to find a cure for Pancreatic Cancer.

If you would like to contribute to help with the organizing and hosting of this Forum, we are offering several sponsorship opportunities.

Sponsor Levels Available:

  • $2500 Signature Sponsorship
  • $1000 Gold
  • $500 Silver
  • $250 Bronze

If you have any questions about becoming a sponsor, please call (814) 937-1082, or send an email to

A special thank you to United We Can of Blair County for helping to make events like these possible.