2021 ACS CAN Nebraska Cancer Research Forum

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pmCST

Pre-Registration has now closed. You may register day of the event (October 27) at

The ACS CAN Nebraska Cancer Research Forum is a premiere event that brings together leaders from the business, education, medical, government and research communities to advance the work of ACS CAN. The event not only unites those in Nebraska who are fighting to end cancer, it serves to support ACS CAN and its work.

This event will examine the importance of cancer clinical trials and the key barriers preventing patient participation, including a focus on equality, which currently result in approximately 20% of cancer clinical trials never beginning due to lack of enrollment. ACS CAN will use this event to help illustrate and explore the following:

• Are current eligibility criteria preventing willing patients from enrolling in trials? What still needs to be done?

• What role do healthcare institutions play in clinical trial enrollment and success?

• How do we make the progress needed to ensure disparate populations have access to clinical trials?

• What is the long-term impact of COVID-19 on clinical trials?

• How do everyday issues, such as location, transportation, childcare, affect access for patients to potential new treatments through clinical trials?

• What work is ACS CAN doing to increase access to clinical trials?



-Christopher J. Kratochvil, M.D.

Global Center for Health Security Distinguished Chair

Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research, UNMC

Vice President for Research, Nebraska Medicine

Chief Medical Officer, UNeHealth


-Matthew Lunning, DO, FACP 

Associate Professor, Internal Medicine Division of Oncology & Hematology, UNMC                     

Associate Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Internal Medicine and Medical Director of the Clinical Research Center (CRC)


-Mark Fleury, PHD,

Principal, Policy Development - Emerging Science, ACS CAN


-Heidi Mesik

Alliance Director, PhRMA


-Michele Ulmer 

Breast Cancer Survivor and Registered Nurse at York Medical Clinic


-Dee Humm

ACS CAN Volunteer 


Event Moderator: 

-Carmen Chinchilla Gutiérrez

Nebraska Oncology Society 



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


Thank You To Our Sponsors 


Gold Sponsors

 PhRMA_Logo 2021


Amgen 2021

Silver Sponsors

Bristol Myers Squibb
Pfizer 2021

Bronze Sponsors 

AARP Nebraska

Bio Nebraska


Janssen Oncology

Nebraska Medicine

Nebraska Oncology Society 



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