New UT Health San Antonio Latino cancer conference to promote progress in cancer research, science, policies

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WHAT:     The first-ever conference, Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos, will unite 225 U.S. and international cancer researchers and leaders in San Antonio to tackle Latino cancer from prevention to basic science, and treatment to policies. The Latino cancer conference is co-hosted by the Institute for Health Promotion Research of UT Health San Antonio, directed by Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H., and the Mays Cancer Center, the newly named center of UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, directed by Ruben A. Mesa, M.D.

WHEN:     5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 through 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

WHERE:   Marriott Plaza San Antonio, 555 S. Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205

WHO:        Presenters at the Latino cancer conference include Eliseo Perez-Stable, director, National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities, “The Science of Latino Cancer,” 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21

Edith Perez, vice president of U.S. Medical Affairs BioOncology, Genentech, 8:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, followed by a full day of research presentations featuring researchers from UT Health San Antonio, the FDA, LSU, UCSF and more

Joaquin Castro (U.S. House of Representatives), Robert T. Croyle (National Cancer Institute) Esteban Lopez (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas), Elena V. Rios (National Hispanic Medical Association) on “Emerging Policies in U.S. Healthcare,” 9 a.m., Friday, Feb. 23

WHY:        Latinos are expected to face a 142 percent rise in cancer cases in coming years. Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos will unveil progress in Latino-focused basic research, clinical best practices, community interventions and prevention .

MORE:     To learn more about the Latino cancer conference, visit; and follow us at #LatinoCancer2018 on social media

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