Speakers

Confirmed Speakers

Dietmar Siemann, Ph.D.

Titles:
Associate Chair for Research, Department of Radiation Oncology
Co-Leader, Cancer Biology Concentration, Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, University of Florida College of Medicine
Associate Director, Education and Training, University of Florida Health Cancer Center

The research conducted in Dr. Siemann’s, Ph.D., laboratory emphasizes the pursuit of experimental approaches and treatment strategies that seek to enhance cancer patient care. He believes that preclinical investigations aimed at developing novel anticancer therapies will ultimately provide essential insights enabling the development of future clinical treatment regimen designed to improve cancer prognosis and survival.

Jonathan Licht, M.D.

Titles:
Director, UF Health Cancer Center
Professor, Department of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Dr. Licht, M.D., is the Director of the University of Florida Health Cancer Center, holding the Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Foundation and David B. and Leighan R. Rinker Chair. Dr. Licht’s laboratory studies aberrant gene regulation, specifically the role of abnormal function of histone methyl transferases and histone demethyalses in diseases such as multiple myeloma and is developing small molecule strategies to normalize gene regulation and treat disease.

Duane Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D.

Titles:
Co-Director, Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy
Director, UF Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program

Duane A. Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D., is the Phyllis Kottler Friedman Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and the State of Florida Endowed Cancer Research Chair at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He has considerable clinical and translational research experience, having served as principal investigator on nine first-in-human protocols through FDA-approved clinical trials. The goal of these trials is to see improvements in patient outcomes using novel approaches that stimulate immune responses against malignant brain tumor cells in combination with current standard treatments.

Christian Jobin, Ph.D.

Titles:
Professor of Medicine – Tenure
Program Leader, Cancer Microbiota & Host Response, UF Health Cancer Center
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition

Dr. Jobin, Ph.D., is interested in bacteria/host interactions and ensuring innate/immunological responses during health and diseases. Dr. Jobin has contributed to the understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanism regulating host response to bacterial colonization, and has published numerous papers on innate signaling events taking place in the intestine and how these impact intestinal homeostasis.

Jose Trevino, M.D.

Title:
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, UF College of Medicine

Dr. Trevino, M.D., is an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine. His clinical focus is on liver, bile duct and pancreas surgery. His research interests include pancreatic cancer biology, tumor signaling and chemoresistance. Dr. Trevino currently is investigating how pancreas cancer resists current chemotherapeutic strategies.

Betsy Shenkman, Ph.D.

Titles:
Professor and Department Chair, Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics
Director, Institute for Child Health Policy
Associate Director, Cancer Population Sciences, UF Heath Cancer Center

In her research, Dr. Shenkman, Ph.D., focuses on: 1) determining which combinations of health care delivery, community, and patient factors influence quality and outcomes of care; and 2) developing and implementing corresponding evidence-based strategies to improve health outcomes, particularly among under-represented minority populations. Historically, the fields of implementation and improvement science and health disparities have not been optimally aligned to improve the health of all patients, including those at greatest risk for poor health outcomes. A significant part of Dr. Shenkman’s research combines the strengths of implementation and improvement science with those of health disparities.

David Janicke, Ph.D.

Title:
Professor & Associate Department Chair, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, UF College of Public Health and Health Professions

Dr. Janicke, Ph.D., has broad research interests in pediatric psychology, most notably improving self-management to, and coping with, acute and chronic health conditions. His main area of interest is translational research intended to promote the dissemination of obesity interventions for individuals in community settings, with a primary focus on children. Dr. Janicke is currently working on alternative behavioral lifestyle intervention formats to address pediatric obesity (telehealth, web-based, mHealth and home visits) that can eliminate barriers to attendance for families and improve dissemination into real world community settings.

Ramzi Salloum, Ph.D.

Titles:
Assistant Professor, Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics
Faculty, Institute for Child Health Policy

Dr. Salloum, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics at the University of Florida College of Medicine and a member of the UF Health Cancer Center and the Institute for Child Health Policy. He is a health services researcher whose work has consistently focused on decision making across the cancer prevention and control continuum, including prevention, screening, and treatment. His research considers the influence of guidelines and incentives on the demand for health and healthcare across the cancer control continuum.

Stephanie Staras, Ph.D.

Titles: Associate Professor, Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics
Faculty, Institute for Child Health Policy

Dr. Staras’, Ph.D., research program focuses on preventing sexually transmitted infections and related diseases. A main focus of her work is reducing human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancer cases and disparities by studying risk factors and designing parent- and provider-targeted interventions to improve HPV vaccination rates. Dr. Staras’ research has increased the understanding of partner and alcohol factors important for sexual risk-taking and sexually transmitted disease prevention among adolescents.

Janice Krieger, Ph.D.

Titles:
Director, STEM Translational Communication Center
Professor, Department of Advertising

Dr. Krieger, Ph.D., has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles related to her research expertise in designing, implementing, and evaluating translational communication interventions. Dr. Krieger serves on the Editorial Board of Health Communication and the Journal of Health Communication. She is the Co-Program Leader for the Cancer Population Sciences Research Program at the UF Cancer Institute.

 

Panel Discussion Participants

Dietmar Siemann, Ph.D.

Titles:
Associate Chair for Research, Department of Radiation Oncology
Co-Leader, Cancer Biology Concentration, Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, University of Florida College of Medicine
Associate Director, Education and Training, University of Florida Health Cancer Center

The research conducted in Dr. Siemann’s, Ph.D., laboratory emphasizes the pursuit of experimental approaches and treatment strategies that seek to enhance cancer patient care. He believes that preclinical investigations aimed at developing novel anticancer therapies will ultimately provide essential insights enabling the development of future clinical treatment regimen designed to improve cancer prognosis and survival.

Rolf Renne, Ph.D.

Titles:
Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, College of Medicine
Associate Director, Basic Sciences at the UF Health Cancer Center

The unifying goal of Dr. Renne’s, Ph.D., research has been to achieve a deeper understanding of how latent gamma-herpesvirus gene products, including microRNAs and long noncoding RNAs, contribute to viral tumorigenesis of AIDS malignancies. His current focus is on epigenetic regulation of viral latency, and the role of long and small non-coding RNAs in viral biology.

Sarah Szurek, Ph.D.

Titles:
Assistant Research Scientist, Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics
Faculty, Institute for Child Health Policy

Dr. Szurek, Ph.D., research focuses on understanding the social and cultural factors that influence health outcomes among vulnerable populations. She has worked with Mexican immigrants in Alabama to examine how personal social networks affect diabetes risk, and with African Americans in Florida on projects related to racism, cardiovascular disease, and the local food environment. Dr. Szurek currently oversees the Florida Health Kids Program evaluation, which examines the quality of care that children receive in the state.