Group 1C: Triple Negative Breast Cancer; Clinical Trials; Immunotherapy; Targeted Therapies
Wednesday, June 14
10:00 am – 11:30 am Eastern Time (US/New York)
Mentor: Debbie Denardi
Debbie has been screened for breast cancer every 6 months since she was 27 years old due to her family history of breast cancer. Her mother and 3 of her sisters died after a breast cancer diagnosis in the ‘70s. They were all very young (40-45 years old). This family history was reported to every doctor she visited, but no doctor or nurse advised her to get tested for hereditary cancer. Finally, in 2010 when she was 48 years old and after 4 months of a clean mammogram and ultrasound, she was diagnosed with TNBC and a BRCA1 mutation.
Since her diagnosis and lack of education about hereditary cancers, she has been learning as much as she can to educate individuals and families about hereditary cancer. She started her volunteer work with FORCE (Facing Hereditary Cancer Empowered) and has served as a peer support leader in S. Florida since 2012. She also serves as the Treasurer for FORCE’s Board. During the first few years of her advocacy, she attended conferences and continued her local support. In 2018, she had the opportunity to start a new phase of her career and education in advocacy.
Scientist: Myrto Moutafi, M.D.
Myrto Moutafi is a postdoctoral associate in the laboratory of Dr. David Rimm in Yale School of Medicine’s Pathology department. Her research in oncology focuses on different companion diagnostic tests and biomarkers in breast, lung, and head and neck cancer tissues. She obtained her medical degree at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) , Greece, in 2015 and her Master of Science in NKUA Pathology Department in 2019 , where she studied the role of histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors in melanoma cancer as part of her final thesis.
Myrto enjoys being actively involved in the Postdoctoral Association and taking part in initiatives that further improve the postdoc experience.