Group 1F: Risk Factors, Treatment Resistance, HER2+ Breast Cancer

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

Poster #1: 

Assessing the risk: How breast density and obesity alter the mammary gland and promote breast cancer progression

Poster author Suzanne Ponik, Ph.D. will attend this session

Poster #2:

The Role Of EGFR In Resistance to Tucatinib and Its Therapeutic Implications

Mentor: Marlena Murphy

In 2018, Marlena Murphy was diagnosed with stage III triple-negative breast cancer. In 2019, as a patient advocate, she attended the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. After that, Marlena attended virtual GRASP sessions in 2020 and 2021 as a patient advocate. As a result of being a GRASP participant, in 2021 Marlena submitted feedback for an article on GRASP for Cancer Therapy Advisor, an online news source. She also received a recommendation and offer to serve as a volunteer on the Emory Winship Cancer Institute Patient and Family Advisory (PFA) Council. Because of Marlena’s commitment to advocacy and seeking knowledge beyond the realm of breast cancer, she was offered a position as a program manager with GRASP in 2021. Now, she serves as an enthusiastic team member, bringing together cancer researchers and advocates to exchange ideas and learn from each other. She continues to provide constructive feedback to cancer researchers from a patient’s perspective. She also works as a Community Advocate for Turning Point Breast Cancer Rehabilitation. Marlena’s role as a patient advocate was one she did not plan on during her lifetime, yet, she accepted it and decided that her diagnosis would not be in vain. Marlena is a mother to a teenage daughter and enjoys helping others. As a result of her diagnosis and desire to help people, Marlena entered grad school in 2020 to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Marlena plans to use the degree to provide pro bono therapy for breast cancer patients and survivors.

Twitter: @MarlenaDM

Scientist: Claire Conley, Ph.D.

Claire Conley is a clinical psychologist with a special focus on the experiences of people living with cancer. She obtained her PhD in clinical health psychology from the Ohio State University in 2018. Claire went on to complete post-doctoral training at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Oncology in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Georgetown University.

Claire’s research broadly focuses on psychosocial issues across the cancer continuum, from prevention to end-of-life. Key themes of her work include: (1) quality of life and survivorship issues in breast cancer, (2) prevention and early detection among those at increased risk for breast cancer; and (3) reducing cancer-related health disparities. Dr. Conley’s research aims to promote health behavior change and improve quality of life in the context of cancer, with the ultimate goal of developing and testing interventions to improve quality of life for people at risk for and living with cancer. She has received research funding from the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Twitter: @DrClaireC