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Scientific Program Committee

Scientific Program Committee Purpose:

Ensure the educational and scientific programs for the ISBER Annual Meeting and Exhibits advance the Society’s Exempt Purpose. Annually, the Scientific Program Advisory Committee will develop and transmit to the Board of Directors recommendations regarding the educational and scientific programs for the ISBER Annual Meeting and Exhibits by the date(s) set by the Board of Directors.


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The Program Committee is responsible for creating the Program for the ISBER Annual Meeting. This involves communicating with speakers who have been invited to the annual meeting, organizing the review of submitted abstracts, recommending and inviting co-chairs for each session of the annual meeting, and arranging various other details associated with the meeting.


2017 Committee Co-Chairs


Nicole SieffertMBA, CCRC
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States

Menghong Sun, MD PhD
Fudan University Cancer Center
Shanghai, China


Marianne Henderson
National Cancer Institute 
Bethesda, Maryland
United States
  Cheryl Michels
Mountlake Terrace, United States
Brent Schacter
University of Manitoba/ CancerCare Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba
  Zisis Kozlakidis
Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research
United Kingdom
Piper Mullins
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C.
United States 
  Diane McGarvey
Cooperative Human Tissue Network
Philadelphia, United States
Debra Garcia
AIDS and Cancer Specimen Resource (ACSR)
California, United States 
Jason Acker
Canadian Blood Services
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  Mark Barnes
Ropes & Gray, LLP
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Lori Campbell, PhD
Manassas, United States

  Daniel Catchpoole
Tumour Bank, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Westmead, Australia
Koh Furata, PhD
National Cancer Center Hospital
Tokyo, Japan
  Youhe Gao
Beijing Normal University
Beijing, China
Berthold Huppertz
Biobank Graz @ Medical University of Graz
Graz, Austria
                        Rita Lawlor
ARC - NET Centre for Applied Research on Cancer 
Verona, Italy
David Lewandowski
Brooks Life Science Systems
Chelmsford, Massachusetts 
United States 
  William Mathieson
Integrated BioBank of Luxembourg
Helen Morrin
University of Otago
Christchurch, New Zealand 

Peter Riegman, PhD FRCPC
Erasmus Medical Center
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Billy Schleif
Johns Hopkins All Children's Pediatric Biorepository 
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States

  Daniel Simeon-Dubach
Rajeev Singh
Houston Methodist Research Institute
Houston, Texas, United States
  Stella Somiari
Windber Research Institute 
Windber, Pennsylvania, United States
Tatsuaki Tsuruyama
Kyoto University
  Amelia Warner
Global Specimen Solutions
North Carolina, United States

Qing Ye
Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital 
Nanjing, China

  Lianhai Zhang 
Beijing, China
Xiaoyan Zhang
Shanghai, China


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