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Breast Cancer & Genomics: BRCA & Beyond
New York Genome Center
6:30 PM — 8:30 PM

Yaniv Erlich, PhD, Dan A. Landau, MD, PhD and Frances M. Visco

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Breast Cancer & Genomics: BRCA & Beyond
This free consumer lecture and audience Q & A is part of the New York Genome Center’s “Evening Talks” lecture series. Panelists will discuss the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s goal to know how to end breast cancer by January 2020; the challenges of immunotherapy as a breast cancer treatment; how liquid biopsies might create new frontiers in breast cancer detection and how crowdsourcing genomic information can advance breast cancer treatment. A cocktail reception will follow.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017
6:30 to 8:30 PM


New York Genome Center Auditorium
101 Avenue of the Americas




Yaniv Erlich, PhD – Moderator
Core Member of the New York Genome Center
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Columbia University


Yaniv Erlich, PhD, is a Core Member and Assistant Investigator at the New York Genome Center (NYGC). He holds a joint appointment as Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Columbia University. Dr. Erlich co-developed DNA.Land, a nonprofit website with 45,000 participants, which is designed to crowdsource genomic research. is partnering with the National Breast Cancer Coalition to create the largest breast cancer genomic database to advance treatment for breast cancer patients. Dr. Erlich’s research focuses on building new tools and algorithms for studying human genomics. He is developing new strategies at NYGC to harness datasets from millions of people from social media and scientific resources, and, in turn, dissect the genetic architecture of complex traits to work toward bridging the missing heritability gap.


Dan Landau, MD, PhD
Core Member of the New York Genome Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics
at Weill Cornell Medicine


Dr. Dan Landau received his MD from Tel Aviv University and his PhD from Paris Diderot University. Dr. Landau was trained as a hematologist and oncologist at Yale University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. He has received numerous awards including from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Stand Up to Cancer and the National Institutes of Health Big Data to Knowledge initiative. His research focus is on developing new computational and experimental tools to study cancer evolution, and designing the next generation of precision medicine tools to help find a cure for cancer.


Frances M. Visco
National Breast Cancer Coalition


Ms. Frances Visco, a more than 25-year breast cancer survivor, is the president of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, and a member of its board of directors and executive committee. In 1993, President Clinton appointed Ms. Visco as one of three members of the President’s Cancer Panel, and she was the first consumer to chair the Integration Panel of the Department of Defense Peer-Review Breast Cancer Research Program.


To read more about Dr. Erlich’s research, please visit – Google Scholar – Yaniv Erlich, PhD


To read more about Dr. Landau’s research, please visit – Google Scholar – Dan Landau, MD, PhD


To read more about Ms. Visco’s research, please visit – Google Scholar – Frances Visco


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    Five Points lecture series bring leading scientists from around the world for an in-depth discussion of their work with students, researchers and clinicians from the New York Genome Center, its member institutions, and others in the medical/scientific community. While Five Points lectures are free and open to the general public, these lectures are most beneficial to scientists, clinicians and researchers who wish to accelerate their research through the use of DNA sequencing technology and bioinformatics. Five Points lectures often frame five or so key points, in a nod to the series’ name — followed by 15 minutes of Q&A, and 30 minutes of networking over hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. These afternoon events are held in the Center’s state-of-the-art ground-floor auditorium starting at 4 pm.

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