2023 ACS CAN Research and Innovation Forum
The ACS CAN Minnesota Research and Innovation Forum is a premier 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 Minnesota who are fighting to end cancer, but it also serves to support ACS CAN and its work.
The October 17 event will focus on the latest innovations in cancer research. Attendees will hear directly from survivors, caregivers, providers, researchers, and public health advocates about how research impacts Minnesota's cancer community and informs ACS CAN's public policy initiatives.
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, is the nation’s leading cancer advocacy organization working every day to make cancer issues a top priority. ACS CAN unites and empowers cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and their loved ones, giving them the training and tools they need to be heard.
8:30AM - BREAKFAST AND NETWORKING
9:30AM - WELCOMING REMARKS
PROVIDER AND PUBLIC HEALTH PANEL
- Moderator: Elizabeth Emerson, Vice President, Public Affairs, Goff Public
- Monica Buchanan, Ph.D., Field Medical Director, GRAIL
- Kris Newcomer, Project Director, Breast Cancer Gaps Project
- Sumedha Penheiter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Healthcare Administration, Mayo Clinic, Vice-Chair, Minnesota Cancer Alliance
- Irina Stepanov, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Global Cancer Prevention Research, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota
PATIENT, SURVIVOR AND CAREGIVER PANEL
- Haley Erickson, breast cancer survivor
- Gene Nichols, community advocate and cancer survivor
- Ryne Wilson, DNP, RN, OCN, patient advocate
ACS CAN 'SPIRIT OF ADVOCACY' AWARD PRESENTATION
Senator Melissa Wiklund (51, DFL), Chair, Senate Health and Human Services
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