Taste for the Cure: A Taste of Science

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taste for the cure 2021

Taste for the Cure: A Taste of Science is a virtual event that explores the impact of food and science on breast health. Presented by the UCSF Breast Care Center, the event will be held virtually over two days: October 16 and 23, 2021.


Day 1: Saturday, October 16, 2021 | 9:00 - 11:00am

Day 1 Schedule

  • 9:00 AM Introduction
  • 9:10 AM How the knowledge of background risk informs screening, choice of treatment, and order of treatment. Panelists: Alan Ashworth, PhD, FRSHope Rugo, MDFraser Symmans, MDLisa Madlensky, PhD Moderator: Laura Esserman, MD, MBA
  • 9:55 AM Breast Care Center Clinical Studies Flash Talks-Part One Presenters: UCSF Research Coordinators
    • Introduction by Laura Esserman, MD, MBA
    • Redefining what is cancer in 2022: Is it time to re-think the way we make diagnoses? Teddy Hill
    • I-SPY 2.2: A personalized medicine clinical trial to learn about new drugs and optimize treatments for each patient. Jaeyoon Cha
    • Why are we excited about offering women the opportunity to safely have less chemotherapy in the setting of high-risk breast cancer? Ebun Olunuga
    • Why we need new approaches for hormone positive breast cancer (both ductal and lobular cancers). Julissa Molina-Vega
    • Patient quality of life measures: what do they mean and how can they help us? Kaylee Blevins
    • One Source 2021: Integrating clinical care and research in the clinic. Anna Northrop
    • When a critical health decision needs to be made, who needs a scribe: Patients or physicians? Eliza Hearst
    • Navigating the new UCSF BCC website to get all the information you need when you need it. Ananya Mittal
  • 10:15 AM Zumba Exercise Class Instructors: Angie Shin and Judy Young, MPH
  • 10:35 AM Normal Breast Tissue Organoids Reveal Prevention Drugs Presenter: Jennifer Rosenbluth, MD, PhD
  • 10:45 AM Closing Remarks

Please check back for updates to this agenda.

Day 2: Saturday, October 23, 2021 | 9:00 - 11:00am

  • 9:00 AM Introduction
  • 9:10 AM What Active Surveillance has Taught Us About DCIS and How it has Informed New Options Today.
    Panelists: Alexander Borowsky, MDKaren Goodwin, DO, FACSHeather Greenwood, MD
    Moderator: Laura Esserman, MD, MBA
  • 9:55 AM Breast Care Center Clinical Studies Flash Talks-Part Two
    Presenters: UCSF Research Coordinators
    • Introduction Laura Esserman, MD, MBA
    • Rethinking screening in 2021: What has the last decade taught us?
      Paige Warner
    • Why we need to personalize screening based on the risk for what type of cancer?
      Katherine Leggat-Barr
    • How the changes in imaging and a risk-based personalized approach impact the cost-effectiveness of breast cancer screening.
      Rashna Soonavala
    • DCIS: What is the role that imaging can play to determine the best treatment, surgery or active surveillance.
      Cristian Maldonado Rodas
    • Vaccine trial for high-risk DCI.
      Nicki Schindler
    • Tracking the rates of critically ill patients with COVID in the I-SPY COVID trial based on vaccinations.
      Alex Botello
    • The microbiome and the potential role in reducing breast implant reconstruction infections.
      Anne Patterson
    • Navigating the new UCSF BCC website to get all the information you need when you need it.
      Ananya Mittal
  • 10:15 AM Cooking Demonstration
    Presenters: Chef Alison Mountford and Laura Esserman, MD, MBA
  • 10:35 AM Helping the Tumor Immune Microenvironment to Beat Cancer
    Presenter: Alexander Borowsky, MD
  • 10:45 AM Closing Remarks

Please check back for updates to this agenda.


View Highlights from Taste for the Cure 2020

Day 1: October 10, 2020

Day 2: October 17, 2020

Resources from last year's event:

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