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DCEG Investigators Participate in 2016 Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Conference

In June, DCEG investigators participated in the 2016 International LFS Conference & The 3rd Annual LiFE Consortium and LFS Association Conference presented by Soccer for Hope in Columbus, Ohio.

This three-day event promoted communication and collaboration among researchers, physicians, and LFS-affected families. Conference presenters included some of the world’s leading physicians and scientists in the field of cancer genetics.

In addition to discussing the latest research advances and plans for the future study of LFS, the conference provided an opportunity for families from around the world to share their experiences and interact with doctors and researchers.

Sharon Savage, M.D., Chief of the Clinical Genetics Branch, chaired the session titled “Tumor Surveillance in LFS,” which included presentations from Dr. Maria Isabel Achatz, newly-appointed Tenure Track Investigator in CGB, and head of the NCI LFS Study, Dr. David Malkin, Hospital for Sick Children, a long-time collaborator, and Dr. Phuong Mai, formerly of CGB.

Dr. Savage joined CGB genetic counselor June Peters, M.S., G.C.G., for a session with families titled “An Open Dialogue for the LFS Community.”  

DCEG participants - see caption.

DCEG participants in the LFS conference: (left to right): Janet Bracci, research nurse, Maureen Risch, research nurse, and Kathy Nichols, research nurse, all of Westat, Inc.; Payal Khincha, DCEG clinical fellow; Renee Bremer, NCI program manager, Maria Isabel Achetz, DCEG Tenure Track Investigator and LFS principal investigator; June Peters, DCEG genetic counselor; Sharon Savage, DCEG, Chief, Clinical Genetics Branch (CGB) and LFS principal investigator. (Not shown: Jennifer Loud, Assistant Chief, DCEG, CGB and Adult Nurse Practitioner)