Teacher program: Seminar Schedule

Whitehead Institute’s 2011-2012 Seminar Series for High School Teachers: Advances in Cancer Biology and Therapeutics

Cancer is a complex set of diseases associated with extreme morbidity and mortality. The National Institutes of Health estimates that in 2010, the direct and indirect costs of cancer in the United States totaled more than $260 billion. Given the staggering personal and economic toll cancer exacts on us all, it’s not surprising that enormous resources are dedicated to the quest for discoveries that will not only enhance our understanding of this constellation of diseases but also lead to breakthroughs in prevention, detection, and treatment. 

Whitehead Institute’s 2011-2012 Lecture Series for High School Teachers, Advances in Cancer Biology and Therapeutics, explored how novel research and development efforts are changing the way we as a society think about cancer now and how we might address it in the future.


Kick-off session: Monday, October 3, 2011

Modeling and Personalizing Cancer

Michael Yaffe,  Professor, Biology and Biological Engineering, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

[presentation not available]


Monday, November 7, 2011

Cancer Genome/Genetics-Based Therapies

Matthew Meyerson,  Dept. of Pathology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute

[5.7M pdf]


Monday, December 5, 2011

Cancer Metastasis

Robert Weinberg,  Founding Member, Whitehead Institute

[37.7M pdf]


Monday, January 9, 2012*

Cancer-stem-cell-based therapeutics

Piyush Gupta,  Member, Whitehead Institute

[presentation not available]


Monday, February 6, 2012

The anti-cancer effects of caloric restriction

David Sabatini,  Member, Whitehead Institute

[11.5M pdf]


Monday, March 5, 2012

Nano-based cancer therapeutics

Michael Cima,  Member, The Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research

[presentation not available]


Monday, April 2, 2012

Hsp90 approach to treating cancer

Luke Whitesell,  Pediatric Oncologist and Senior Research Scientist, Lindquist Lab, Whitehead Institute

[5.4M pdf]


Monday, MAy 7, 2012

Cancer vaccines

Glenn Dranoff, Co-Leader, Cancer Vaccine Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


Monday, June 4, 2012

Engineering organisms to make materials for technology applications, specifically cancer diagnostics.
Angela Belcher, W.M. Keck Professor of Energy, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, MIT


*The January lecture will be held on the second Monday, January 9. All other lectures will be held the first Monday of every month.

Epithelial and mesenchymal cells

In this image, epithelial cells (stained red with blue nuclei) remain clumped together, while mesenchymal cells (stained green with blue nuclei) freely move about the body. Research from Whitehead Founding Member Robert Weinberg's lab indicates that under the right circumstances, epithelial cells can transition into mesenchymal cells, which may be one explanation for how cancer metastasizes.

Image: Christina Scheel/Whitehead Institute

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