The 8th Annual Weinman Symposium at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center covered some of the latest cancer research findings, specifically how genes interact with the environment. Top-scientists from across the nation presented and looked at opportunities for future research collaborations.

The event on January 26 and 27 included sessions on gene-environment interaction in lung cancer, how the environment affects T cells in cancer and gene-environment interactions in studies of indoor air pollution and lung cancer in eastern Asia.

“I am grateful to Mrs. and Mr. Weinman who entrusted me with their donation to bring to Hawaiʻi some of the best scientists of the world. It is a unique opportunity for us faculty, post docs and students, to discuss science and make joint projects with them to find new ways to prevent and cure cancer. I am also very grateful to the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer who co-sponsored the meeting,” said Michele Carbone, UH Cancer Center’s director of Thoracic Oncology.

2013 Nobel Laureate Randy W. Schekman

Randy W. Schekman, the 2013 Nobel Prize winner for physiology or medicine, was awarded the 8th Weinman Award presented by Senator Josh Green, chair of the Committee on Human Services. The event included a question and answer session allowing graduate and post-doctoral students an opportunity to ask Schekman questions on how to conduct research.

Schekman won the Nobel Prize with James Rothman and Thomas C. Südhof, “for their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells.”.

“Some of the most prominent scientists in the broad field of cancer research spoke at the event. It was a great experience to hear them, and an inspiration to those who attended,” said Bruce Beutler, 2011 Nobel Prize winner in medicine.

“It is an honor to have Nobel Laureates and world-renowned researchers sharing their discoveries and looking at ways to collaborate with us here in Hawaiʻi,” said Randall Holcombe, UH Cancer Center director. “We are thankful for the Weinman Foundation for this great opportunity to advance innovative cancer research.”

Weinman Symposium participants

For more photos, go the the UH Cancer Center Flickr album.

—By Nana Ohkawa