August 28, 2008

New Discoveries to Be Revealed at Ovarian Cancer Symposium in Seattle

Leading ovarian cancer researchers and clinicians from around the world will meet in Seattle September 4-5 to discuss exciting new discoveries and recent scientific findings to fight ovarian cancer, which kills more than 15,000 women every year. The news media will get a sneak peek at these discoveries during a morning news conference on September 4.

"Early detection of ovarian cancer is one of the most critical factors to improving the prognosis for women diagnosed with this disease," said Nancy Sclater, Executive Director of the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research. "This symposium will reveal advances being made in early detection which will be critical while we search for a cure."

The two-day symposium will be held at the Pigott Auditorium on the campus of Seattle University and marks the beginning of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. More than 50 researchers will share their findings including the fact that ovarian cancer may not even start in the ovaries, new research to use urine tests for early detection, and new strategies for improving drug penetration for patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

The symposium will also feature four keynote addresses from some of the brightest names in ovarian cancer research. On Thursday, Christopher Crum, MD, from Harvard Medical School, will discuss the origins of ovarian cancer, and Anil K. Sood, MD, from University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, will present on the development of therapeutics.

Friday's keynote presentations will feature Maurie Markman, MD, also from University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, who will present his research on therapeutics. The last keynote address will cover research on inherited ovarian cancer, presented by local and well-renowned researcher Mary-Claire King, PhD, from the University of Washington.

A news conference with the keynote speakers, Sclater and Dr. Saul Rivkin is scheduled to kick-off the symposium at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4. Details are below.

For more information on the symposium or the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research, please contact Lee Keller at 206-799-3805, [email protected] or Jocelyn Moore at 206-215-6202, [email protected]

 Symposium News Conference                Ovarian Cancer Research Symposium ---------------------------------------  ----------------------------- Pigott Building, Classroom 105, Seattle  Pigott Auditorium, Seattle University                               University Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008:                 Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008: 9:30 a.m.                                8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday Sept. 5, 2008: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

The Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research was founded in 1996 by Saul Rivkin, M.D., in memory of his wife who succumbed to ovarian cancer. It has been the catalyst for national and international research efforts aimed at finding solutions to ovarian cancer. The Center is dedicated to saving lives and reducing suffering through improved treatment, early detection and prevention of ovarian cancer. For more information, visit