Group 3E: Risk Factors, Treatment Resistance, HER2+ Breast Cancer

Thursday, Sept 15
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm 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 Erica Hoffmann will attend this session

Poster #2:

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

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: Diana Mendoza-Cervantes, Master of Bioethics (MBE)

Diana is a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her dual degree, B.S. in Neurobiology and Physiology and B.A. in Philosophy, at the University of Maryland in College Park. She joined Center for Global Health at the National Cancer Institute as a Cancer Research Training Award Fellow, during which she worked on a range of projects including HPV diagnostics and vaccination, qualitative research on breast cancer stigma in women in low- and middle-income countries, and on leveraging research to lower the burden of breast and cervical cancer in Latin America. She completed her Masters of Bioethics at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and JHU Berman Institute of Bioethics, focusing on epistemic injustice in decision making at the primary care level and within health systems. She worked with the Global Bioethics Program at JHU supporting the work of graduate fellows from low- and middle-income countries and with the development of ethics curriculum for physicians and scientists in Malaysia. She is now on a research fellowship between her third and fourth year of medical school and working on the ethics and patient experience of tissue biobanking.  In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, Niko!