Group 1A: Molecularly Targeted Agents & Tumor Biology

Thursday, June 9
10:00 am – 11:30 am Eastern Time (US/New York)

Mentor: Christine Hodgdon, M.S.

Christine Hodgdon was a conservation biologist before her metastatic breast cancer (MBC) diagnosis in April 2015. Her advocacy career began when she launched, an educational resource for MBC patients that includes a searchable clinical trial database. She later co-founded GRASP – Guiding Researchers & Advocates to Scientific Partnerships which empowers patients, clinicians, and researchers to exchange ideas and learn from each other.  She spearheads the MBC Alliance-sponsored Breast Cancer Brain Metastasis (BCBM) Initiative: Marina Kaplan Project with the goal to address the unmet research needs of breast cancer patients living with central nervous system (CNS) metastasis and was a founding committee member of, a resource hub for breast cancer patients living with brain metastasis. She also collaborates with leadership at Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center to innovate the INSPIRE (Influencing Science through Patient-Informed Research & Education) Advocacy Program. Her advocacy work is inspired and driven by the loss of many friends to MBC.

Twitter: @christeeny513

Scientist: Hillary Stires, Ph.D.

Hillary Stires was trained as a cancer research scientist but transitioned her career towards cancer policy after interacting with patient advocates as a postdoctoral fellow at Georgetown University.  Hillary is passionate about connecting cancer research scientists and patient advocates to improve cancer research and patient outcomes. In her work as a Science Policy Analyst at Friends of Cancer Research, Hillary uses her scientific and advocacy background to develop evidence-based policies and collaborates with diverse teams to identify challenges in cancer research and create solutions that improve and accelerate cancer care for patients.

Twitter: @HillStirSci