Keynote Speakers

Dr. JP Shen

Dr. JP Shen

Topic:  Combinatorial CRISPR-Cas9 screens for de novo mapping of genetic interactions
Date/Time:  Friday, October 19th  8:00-9:00 am

Dr. Shen, a Physician-Scientist and Medical Oncologist at the University of California-San Diego will review his work, recently published in Nature Methods, regarding ground breaking advances in the application of CRISPR/Cas9 technology for the identification of novel cancer treatment approaches (and possibly prevention).


Dr. Andrew Godwin

Topic:  Emerging concepts in liquid biopsies
Date/Time:  Friday, October 19th  1:30 – 2:30 pm

Dr. Andrew K. Godwin, Ph.D., Director of Molecular Oncology at the Kansas University Medical Center will review the promise and current applications of circulating tumor cell technologies (liquid biopsies) and whether they will allow for earlier diagnosis of small tumors, provide crucial evidence regarding drug resistance, or determine at a point where that resistance is reversible.




Dr. Katherine Goldberg

Topic:  Palliative care in veterinary medicine
Date/Time:  Saturday, October 20th  8:00 – 9:00 am

Dr. Katherine Goldberg is founder of Whole Animal Veterinary Geriatrics & Hospice Services with a mission to provide home-based, bond-centered veterinary care with a focus on palliative care and hospice services. Dr. Goldberg is active in the continued development of the field of Veterinary Social Work and will review and provide in-sights on the impact of serious veterinary illness on human caregivers, and mental health support for veterinary professionals.