Multiple studies have demonstrated that detection of molecular residual disease (MRD) is associated with poor prognosis in breast cancer. Ongoing prospective clinical trials are underway to assess the efficacy of therapeutic interception.
Our expert speakers will discuss the latest data from SABCS 2023 and recent publications and congresses. This will be followed by a panel discussion on the future directions and implications for drug development and clinical trial design in this rapidly evolving space.
Findings presented will span treatment setting, including:
Arielle Medford, MD, obtained her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed internal medicine residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where she won several awards including the Harvard Medical School Resident Teaching Award and the MGH Humanism in Medicine Award. She subsequently returned to the MGH to serve as Chief Resident. She completed her medical oncology fellowship at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Mass General Cancer Center, where she also became a clinical post-doctoral fellow at the Broad Institute of Harvard & MIT. Her research focuses primarily on the clinical-translational applications of circulating tumor DNA in early and advanced breast cancer, and how these tools can be used to lead to more personalized care for individual patients living with breast cancer. Dr. Medford is a recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the ASCO Conquer Cancer Foundation.
Angel Augusto Rodriguez, MD, is a board-certified medical oncologist who specializes in breast medical oncology and conducted clinical research with circulating tumor DNA. Before joining Natera, Dr. Rodriguez practiced at Austin Cancer Centers and Houston Methodist Cancer Center where he was Director of the Clinical Trials Office and the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Clinic. While at Houston Methodist he was the principal investigator of clinical trials and conducted clinical research with circulating tumor DNA.
John Simmons, PhD, currently leads oncology biopharma partnerships at Natera. Before joining Natera, John completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and served as Vice President of Translational Medicine at Personal Genome Diagnostics (PGDx). He received his PhD in Tumor Biology from Georgetown University.