JKTG Foundation Symposium

Join leading cancer researchers on Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Join leading cancer researchers for JKTG’s annual symposium, a day-long event that gives traditionally siloed research the opportunity to collaborate and creatively question traditional thinking.

A morning panel will focus on single cell and spatial analysis of cancer and two afternoon panels will focus on combination therapies and metastasis. One of the world’s leading cancer researchers, Charles Perou, PhD, with UNC Chapel Hill, will deliver the Jayne Koskinas Memorial Lecture.

“I have a racing background, and, in that world, you continually rethink how and what you do with the goal of getting better and faster,” said Ted Giovanis, founder and president of JKTG Foundation. “Bringing that same approach to cancer research, inviting collaboration across disciplines, empowers new thinking among researchers who, I believe, can transform how we diagnose and treat cancer.”

The symposium, hosted by the JKTG Foundation, and supported by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, began in 2017. Learn about the speakers, see the day’s agenda, and register today!


8:30 a.m. | Welcome

Ted Giovanis,
FHFMA, MBA / JKTG Foundation

9:00 a.m. | Session I: Single cell and spatial analysis of cancer

Moderator: Shannon Hughes, PhD / National Cancer Institute


Elham Azizi,
PhD / Columbia University

Elana Fertig,
PhD / Johns Hopkins University

Robert Ivkov,
PhD / Johns Hopkins University

10:30 a.m. | Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. | Jayne Koskinas Memorial Keynote Lecture 

Charles Perou,
PhD / UNC Chapel Hill

12:30 p.m. | Session 2: The path to more rational drug combinations

Moderator: Michael Espey, PhD, MT / National Cancer Institute


Laura Heiser,

Heiko Enderling,
PhD / MD Anderson

Aritro Nath,
PhD / City of Hope

2:00 p.m. | Coffee Break

2:30 p.m. | Session 3: Perspectives on understanding and treating metastasis

Moderator: Brunilde Gril, PhD / National Cancer Institute


Carey Anders,
MD / Duke University

Sohail Tavazoie
MD, PhD / Rockefeller University

Morag Park,
PhD / McGill University

4:00 p.m. | Networking Reception

Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis
Foundation for Health and Policy

PO Box 130
Highland, Maryland 20777

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