2020 ACS CAN Nebraska Cancer Research Forum

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Virtual Event


While this event is free to attend, donations are welcomed. Sponsorships are also available by visiting the following website. 


The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) will virtually host the 2020 Nebraska Cancer Research Forum on September 29, 2020 from 11am until 12:30pm central time.  The event brings together key leaders in the business, education, government, and research communities to advance the work of ACS CAN. The event not only unites those in our state who are fighting to end cancer, it serves to support ACS CAN and our work to ensure that elected officials across the country make cancer a top priority through a grassroots network of advocates committed to fighting cancer.


Program Outline


11:00am – Welcoming Remarks

David Benson, Government Relations Director, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network


11:10am – Keynote Introduction

Lindsey Cotton, MD, GRAIL


11:17am –State Of Research In Nebraska

Ken Cowan, MD, PhD, Director & Physician In Chief, Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, 
Director, Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer


11:29am – Researcher 1 (Prostate)

Leah Cook, PhD, University of Nebraska Medical Center


11:37 – Researcher 2 (Hematology)

Kate Hyde, PhD, University of Nebraska Medical Center


11:45am – Researcher 3 (Pancreatic)

Michael (Tony) Hollingsworth, PhD, University of Nebraska Medical Center


11:53am – Researcher 4 (Lung)

Apar Kishor Ganti, MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center


12:00pm–Panel Discussion

Moderator: Matt Prokop, Grassroots Manager, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network


12:25pm–Advocacy In Action

Rebecca McMahon, ACS CAN State Lead Ambassador


Forum Focus | Progress in Cancer Research

Discussion Points

Importance.  This year in Nebraska, there will be an estimated 10,560 new cancer diagnoses and 3,520 estimated deaths to cancer.  ACS CAN recognizes that cancer research is the engine behind our ongoing progress in the fight against cancer. 

Funding.  Every new breakthrough in freeing the world from the pain and suffering of cancer - from new cures to innovative ways to prevent and treat the disease - have one thing in common; the research was in some way funded by the federal government's National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute.  Yet, when adjusting for inflation, federal funding for cancer research has seen huge cuts over the last decade. Increasing funding for cancer research must be a top budget priority for Congress.  

In Action.  Research offers hope to the millions of people who face cancer – for better treatments, for more opportunities to prevent and detect the disease early on, and for improved quality of life for those already diagnosed. Attendees of this year’s event will learn more about the work currently being done in cancer research in Nebraska. 


Thank you to our sponsors


Gold Sponsor



Silver Sponsors 

Bristol-Myers Squibb



Bronze Sponsors 

AARP Nebraska


Janssen Oncology



Nebraska Medical Association 



For questions regarding this event please contact Matt Prokop at [email protected] or 402.262.0032 or David Benson at [email protected] or 605.323.3559.