Group 1A: Brain Metastasis, Novel Targets, HER2-Negative Breast Cancer

Thursday, Sept 15
10:00 am – 11:30 am Eastern Time (US/New York)

Poster #1: 

Anti-Estrogens Promote an Anti-Tumoral Immune Response to Decrease Progression of ER-Negative Brain Metastases

Poster author Maria Jose Contreras-Zarate, Ph.D. is also the scientist

Poster #2:

Deciphering the Role of Ron and Short-Form Ron in Driving Breast Cancer Metastasis

Poster author Jaime Fornetti, Ph.D. will attend this session

Mentor: Janice Cowden, R.N.

Janice was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic triple-negative breast cancer in 2016, a recurrence from Stage I TNBC nearly 5 years prior. An exceptional responder to her first line of treatment, Janice is extremely fortunate to have had no evidence of disease (NED) since November 2016. With a 20+ year background in Nursing, science, research and studying diseases have always been of interest. Nine months following her MBC diagnosis, Janice launched into MBC Patient Advocacy by participating in training through Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s (LBBC) Hear My Voice Advocacy Outreach program in 2017. As a Research Advocate, Janice attends multiple scientific breast cancer conferences annually to learn more about MBC research and disease. She has a strong interest in partnering with Scientists, Researchers, and Clinicians to work towards more effective treatment modalities that enable MBC patients to live longer and provide a better quality of life. In 2019, she completed NBCC’s Project LEAD. Predominantly, Janice’s advocacy interests include MBC education, awareness, & research, legislative/policy, as well as Peer-to-Peer support. She is a trained Peer Support Volunteer Leader for METAvivor Research & Support and serves as a Peer mentor for LBBC’s volunteer Helpline, as well as for ABCD. Janice is involved in several patient-led advocacy groups, including GRASP, the Patient Centered Dosing Initiative (PCDI), ACE Collaborative Group, the Love Research Army Scientific Advisory Committee, and is the founder and Administrator of The Newly Diagnosed MBC Facebook Peer Support group. She considers herself a lifelong learner and enjoys educating others. In her spare time, Janice enjoys reading, swimming, and spending time with her family, including three grandchildren.

Twitter: @JaniceTNBCmets

Scientist: Maria Jose Contreras-Zarate, Ph.D.

Twitter: @mjcz159