Group 2G: Brain Metastasis

Wednesday, Dec 14
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern Time (US/New York)

Poster #PD7-08

Gene expression profiling of breast cancer brain metastasis shows enrichment for non-luminal subtypes with potential prognostic implications

Poster author Gaia Griguolo, M.D. is also the scientist for this session

Poster #PD7-07:

Somatic alterations in primary tumors of patients (pts) with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) may predict likelihood of brain metastasis

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: Gaia Griguolo, M.D.

Gaia is a breast cancer oncologist at the Veneto Institute of Oncology and a Junior Faculty member of the Department of Surgery, Oncology and Gastroenterology of the University of Padova. Gaia earned her MD from the University of Padova (Italy) in 2012 and completed subspecialty training in medical oncology at the University of Padova in 2018. During her training, she developed a strong interest in clinical research which she consolidated during her one-year fellowship at the Early Phase Clinical Trial Unit at IOSI (Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland) in Bellinzona, Switzerland.

Gaia has collaborated in several translation research projects related to the characterization of the breast cancer immune microenvironment and biological heterogeneity, both during her training at the University of Padova and during a six-month fellowship at the Translational Genomics and Targeted Therapeutics in Solid Tumors Laboratory at IDIBAPS-Barcelona, Spain. Over the last few years, she deeply involved herself in clinical research on the topic of breast cancer related brain metastasis, a key unmet need for metastatic breast cancer patients, which has been her main research focus as principal investigator. In her spare time, Gaia enjoys spending time with her family and reading in the company of her cat.

Twitter: @GaiaGriguolo