Komen New England 1st Annual Breast Cancer Symposium

From Awareness to Action: Reducing Breast Cancer Mortality

March 31, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Inn at Longwood, Boston, MA

In 2016, Susan G. Komen® announced our bold goal: by 2026, reduce current rates of breast cancer mortality in the U.S. by 50%. Join us to hear distinguished keynote speaker Dr. Eric Winer, Komen Scholars, researchers and leaders discuss how we can accomplish this critical goal. You’ll learn about cutting-edge strategies to both ensure high-quality breast cancer care for all our neighbors as well as foster research to find the causes and cures.


  • New approaches to metastatic breast cancer research: immunotherapy and crowd sourcing
  • Creating health equity for minority breast cancer patients
  • Improving minority participation in clinical trials
  • The role of patient navigation in addressing breast cancer disparities

The symposium is designed for survivors and co-survivors, researchers, patient navigators, and the general public.



Eric P. Winer, MD

Dr. Eric WinerEric P. Winer, M.D., is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief, Division of Women’s Cancers and the Thompson Chair in Breast Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is the 2009 recipient of the A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Winer has devoted his professional career to the treatment of individuals with breast cancer and breast cancer research. He, personally, has designed and led phase I, II, and III clinical trials. He has collaborated closely throughout his career with psychosocial researchers, health services researchers, and both basic and translational scientists. His group at Dana-Farber conducts a broad array of breast cancer research with the goal of extending the lives of individuals with breast cancer and minimizing suffering and morbidity from the disease. Dr. Winer’s research interests also include quality of life, psychosocial aspects of cancer, medical decision making, and doctor-patient communication. His Komen-funded research is focused on reducing racial disparities in breast cancer and is also looking at preoperative therapies for patients with HER+ breast cancer.

Ian E. Krop, MD, PhD

Dr. Ian KropIan Krop is the Chief of Breast Medical Oncology and the Director of Clinical Research for the Breast Oncology Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Krop is a translational investigator focused on the development of novel molecularly targeted therapies for breast cancer, and elucidating the mechanisms of resistance to these treatments. The majority of his effort is concentrated in the area of HER2+ breast cancer. He was a leader in the development of the antibody-drug conjugate trastuzumab emtainsine (T-DM1). Dr. Krop is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Steering Committee, the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Data Monitoring Committee, and is co-chair of the HER2-working group of the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium.

Nikhil Wagle, MD

Dr. Nikhil WagleNikhil Wagle is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a medical oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and an associate member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He is the Deputy Director of the Center for Cancer Precision Medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Dr. Wagle leads The Metastatic Breast Cancer Project (mbcproject.org), a nationwide direct-to-patient research initiative that engages patients with advanced breast cancer through social media and seeks to empower them to accelerate cancer research through sharing their samples and clinical information. The project’s outreach program, developed in collaboration with advocacy organizations and patients, serves to connect thousands of patients around the U.S. with metastatic breast cancer research, allowing them to participate regardless of where they live.

Erica Warner, ScD, MPH

Dr. Erica WarnerErica Warner is an Instructor in the Department Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant Investigator at Massachusetts General Hospital where she conducts epidemiological research on cancer, with a focus on breast cancer. She is also Research Associate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology. She is a member of the Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center in the Cancer Epidemiology and Breast Cancer programs.

Dr. Warner studies how lifestyle, behavioral, and genetic factors affect risk of cancer, particularly aggressive molecular subtypes, as well as factors that lead to more deadly forms cancer and higher risk of cancer mortality in racial/ethnic minority populations. Dr. Warner has collaborated with the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, the Nurses’ Health Studies and the Black Women’s Health Study.

Melissa Bishop-Murphy JD, MBA

Melissa Bishop MurphyMelissa Bishop-Murphy is Senior Director of National Government Relations and Multicultural Affairs for Pfizer, Inc. She is responsible for regulatory, legislative and public policy matters at Pfizer, Inc. Ms. Bishop-Murphy has extensive work experience throughout the Southeast, Washington, DC and Delaware. Prior to her position as Senior Director, she was Director/Team Leader of government relations for the Southeast region of the United States that included the District of Columbia, Virginia, Florida, South and North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia. She currently lobbies in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

Additionally, Ms. Bishop-Murphy works nationally to build multicultural coalitions to advocate for greater access to healthcare and pharmaceuticals. She co-chairs Pfizer’s Multicultural Center of Excellence. She also serves as chair of the National Hispanic Nurses’ Association Corporate Roundtable. Ms. Bishop-Murphy previously served as Chair of the Corporate Roundtable of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. She is also a member of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Business Roundtable.

Susan Parsons, MD, MRP

Parsons_Susan_300x420Susan Parsons is a Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine, Director of The Center for Health Solutions at the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, and Founding Director of the Reid R. Sacco Adolescent and Young Adult Program for Cancer and Hereditary Blood Disorders at Tufts Medical Center.

Her research program is dedicated to advancing the development and application of health-related quality of life (HRQL) assessment of children with serious illness and their parent caregivers. In addition to descriptive research on trajectories of HRQL, the multidisciplinary team of researchers is committed to the design and testing of interventions to support caregivers in their pivotal role. One of the recent examples of this includes the NCI-funded integrated eHealth program, HSCT-CHESS™, which yielded salutary effects on parental emotional functioning for sustained users. Separately, Parsons and her colleagues address the fiscal impact of critical and chronic illness in studies of total cost of care, cost effectiveness, and more globally, value of intervention.

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