AWIS-SF is pleased to present Journal Club for women scientists at all stages in their careers from all fields. A volunteer presenter selects a recent, peer-reviewed article within their domain expertise that is highly relevant in their field. The presenter will give a brief overview of background information about the field and why this paper/study is relevant. An open discussion will follow.
This month’s article: Standards and Guidelines for the Interpretation and Reporting of Sequence Variants in Cancer
Field: Cancer treatments, personalized medicine, new clinical testing, emerging clinical trends
Presenter: Katherine Wendelsdorf, Ph.D.
A team lead by the Association for Molecular Pathology has developed a much-anticipated set of guidelines for clinical testing labs and doctors to classify and report genetic mutations in tumors of cancer patients. Tumor mutations can render a tumor susceptible or resistant to a drug or help predict whether a tumor is likely to grow and/or metastasize. The discussion will cover:
- Why/how genetic testing promises to revolutionize how we effectively treat cancer and keep it at bay
- The technical obstacles that are holding up the promised advancements
- How the lack of standards/regulations is affecting cancer patients today
- Why these guidelines have been so highly anticipated in the field and are necessary for ‘Precision Medicine’ to be a reality
Attendees do NOT have to read the article to attend/participate. However, if you would like to, here are the links:
Come have some sake after work and learn something new with other science professionals from across the city! It really will be fun. Appetizers and sake provided. This event is open to all scientists and non-scientists. You do not need to be an AWIS member to attend.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Free. Register via Eventbrite.
V16 Sushi Lounge
3092 16th St
Near 16th Street Mission BART station.