Group 6C: Rapid Autopsy & Tissue Donation Programs



Thursday, Dec 15 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Eastern Time (US/New York)



Poster #P6-14-02

Hope for OTHERS – An organ donation program for metastatic breast cancer research

Poster author Christine Hodgdon, M.S. is also the mentor for this session

Poster #P6-14-14:

Advancing research on metastatic breast cancer: the UPTIDER post-mortem tissue donation program

Poster authors Tatjana Geukens, M.D. will attend this session 

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 TheStormRiders.org, 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 MBCBrainMets.org, 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: Pavitra Viswanath, Ph.D. Candidate

Pavitra grew up in Bangalore, India, and moved to the United States in 2016 to pursue her master’s degree in biomedical science in Dr. Faye Johnson’s lab at MD Anderson Cancer Center. With an ardent interest to study metastasis and the tumor microenvironment, she joined Dr. Alana Welm’s lab in 2019 as a PhD student. Her research is focused on studying the vicious cycle of bone metastasis and characterizing the pro-metastatic components of the bone microenvironment that drive breast cancer metastasis. When she is not in the lab, she loves hiking, exploring, and taking pictures of the scenic spots in the mountains.

Twitter: @pviswanath93