As part of the Chestnut Hill College 22nd Annual Biomedical Lecture Series, Stephen P. Hunger, M.D., will deliver the lecture “Precision Medicine in Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia” on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m. in the East Parlor, St. Joseph Hall.
Dr. Hunger, a pediatric hematologist/oncologist who specializes in research and treatment of childen, adolescents and young adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), will discuss the advances that have changed childhood ALL from an incurable disease 50 years ago, to a malignancy in which survival rates are now about 90 percent. He will review the concept of precision cancer medicine and new discoveries regarding the genomics of childhood ALL that have identified new opportunities for targeted therapies.
Lakshmi Atchison, Ph.D., professor of biology and director of the biomedical lecture series, believes Dr. Hunger, a Professor of Pediatrics at University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Oncology and Director, Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), is the right person to speak to continue to advance the Biomedical Lecture Series, which has in the past seen Nobel Laureates and those on top of cutting edge research, deliver talks to the greater community.
“Dr. Hunger’s visit will be a memorable one,” says Atchison. “To be newly appointed as Chief of Division of Pediatric Oncology, and Director, Center for Childhood Cancer Research at CHOP, is very prestigious. This is a premier, comprehensive program, staffed by internationally recognized experts in pediatric cancer who rely on the most current advancement in research and treatment. To have a speaker of this caliber and to address our 22nd Biomedical Lecture on this important topic is a great honor.”
The purpose of the Biomedical Lecture Series is to provide a forum at Chestnut Hill College to learn about recent advances in biomedical research, expose students and community members to prominent professionals in science and medicine, and foster meaningful interactions and collaborations among neighboring institutions.