Dozens of world-renowned scientists spoke at the 10th Annual Weinman Symposium on November 29–30 at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center. Researchers presented some of the latest cancer research findings, specifically cancer syndromes, genetic disorders in which inherited genetic mutations in one or more genes predispose individuals to the development of cancers.

Top scientists from across the nation also looked at opportunities for research collaborations.

Students from Maryknoll School and other high schools from across the state were at the presentations to listen to and interact with the researchers.

Webster Cavanee received the 10th Weinman Award for outstanding cancer research contribution at the two-day event. Cavanee discovered the existence of tumor suppressor genes in many human cancers. He and his team have also pioneered understanding the genetic basis for glioblastoma, the most lethal and common brain tumor, developed therapies that target these lesions and uncovered several mechanisms of resistance.

The 2018 Weinman Symposium is co-sponsored by the Barry and Virginia Weinman Foundation, UH Cancer Center and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer.

—By Nana Ohkawa

UH Cancer Center building
The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center