Hold The Date! VirginiaCancerRx will be held May 30-31, 2017 at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

This Symposium follows on our successful 2016 “VirginiaBrainRx” meeting in Richmond, and will focus on current challenges and opportunities in drug discovery and development for cancer. The meeting will include keynote addresses from national leaders in the academy, industry and foundations; researchers from within the Commonwealth will also present their work in oral and poster sessions.

The Symposium will start at 1 pm on 5/30; it will be preceded by an optional Entrepreneurship Workshop and Luncheon at 11 a.m.(nominal fee)


Submit an abstract to present a poster on your work!

We welcome presentations on drug discovery for cancer, cancer biology/target validation, and drug discovery for any other indication. Submissions must use the template (read instructions therein); please review a sample abstract, and mail your submission to on or before 5/1/17. NOW EXTENDED TO 5/10/17.

Symposium Program now available!  View it here

Vendors: download this form to view commercial sponsorship opportunities at VirginiaCancerRx (deadline 5/12/17)

Keynote speakers

Robert A. Kramer

Ph.D. Chief Scientific Officer of RAKramer Consulting LLC. Newton, PA. Formerly Global Head of Oncology Drug Discovery at Janssen (a Johnson & Johnson company)

Talk: “Cancer Drug Discovery and Development in the Immune Oncology era, this is not your father’s Oldsmobile”

Craig M. Crews

Ph.D. Lewis B. Cullman Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Departments of Chemistry and Pharmacology. Executive Director, Yale Center for Molecular Discovery. Yale University. New Haven, CT

Talk: “PROTACS: Induced Protein Degradation as a Therapeutic Strategy”

Barbara S. Slusher

Ph.D., Professor of Neurology, Medicine, Psychiatry, and Neuroscience. Director, Johns Hopkins Drug Discovery. Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore, MD. President, Academic Drug Discovery Consortium.

Talk: “The Role of Academic Drug Discovery”

Otis Webb Brawley

M.D. Chief Medical and Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Cancer Society. Atlanta, GA

Talk: “Foundations are the Foundation of Cancer Research”

University of Virginia Inn at Darden

Address: 10 Duffy Blvd, Charlottesville, VA 22903
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