Group 1C: Epigenetics, ESR1 Mutation, HR+ Breast Cancer

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

Poster #1: 

Elucidating Functional Heterogeneity in Breast Cancer Cells

Poster #2:

Androgen-Regulated Secreted Factors Promote Pro-Metastatic Immune Alteration in Breast Cancer

Mentor: Cathy Knowles

My name is Cathy Knowles and I live in Pensacola Florida with my husband and two dogs. I was diagnosed de novo stage 4 with metastasis to my liver in January of 2017. I am ER+HER2+ and still on my first line of treatment. I retired in 2019 after spending most of my career as a research associate/lab manager in several basic biomedical research programs. In addition to acting as a mentor for GRASP, I am a peer mentor with Project Life, completed the Hear My Voice advocacy training program with Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) in 2020 and am currently serving as a patient advocate reviewer with Metavivor. I am passionate about helping others learn about MBC.

Scientist: Leila Ross, Ph.D.

Leila Ross is a biomedical research scientist who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2018. Her training is in biochemistry and molecular pharmacology, and she has worked in academic science as well as in drug development in pharmaceutical companies. Leila has experience as both a researcher and a participant in clinical research, including two clinical trials for her own illness. Before her diagnosis, Leila participated in many science communication and outreach activities such as public lectures and hands-on activities in K-12 after school programs. Post-diagnosis, she has transitioned these efforts towards patient advocacy and assisting fellow patients, such as practicing questions for their medical team to better understand their diagnosis and care plan, searching for and assessing relevant clinical trials, facilitating grief circles and memorials for those who have died, and connecting to patient navigator programs, support groups, social workers, palliative/supportive care, and other relevant resources.