4:00pm-7:00pm Registration Open
5:30pm-6:15pm Ovarian Cancer 101
For those new to the community or looking to refresh your knowledge. Understand terminology and get the facts on ovarian cancer from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.
Speaker: Dr. Victoria Chiou, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute
6:00pm-7:00pm Newcomers' Gathering
Is this your first conference? Newcomers will have the chance to meet other first-time attendees and connect with each other in this friendly atmosphere!
6:00pm-7:00pm Partner Member Reception (for active 2014 Partner Members only)
Meet your colleagues from across the country who are working with us to save women's lives. You will have the opportunity to network and share ideas with other Partner Member organizations.
6:00pm-7:00pm Advocate Leaders Reception (for 2014 Advocate Leaders only)
Welcome back to Washington, DC Advocate Leaders! Join us to catch up with your fellow advocates!
7:00pm Registration closes for the evening
7:00pm Dinner On Your Own
Agenda continues below.
7:00am Registration Opens
8:00am-9:00am Exhibitor Registration
8:30am-9:00am Opening Ceremony of the Ovarian Cancer National Conference
Join us for the official opening ceremony of the Ovarian Cancer National Conference. You'll have the opportunity to hear more about exciting initiatives supporting survivors at the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, hear from our new Board President, Diane Rader O'Connor, and Chief Executive Officer, Calaneet Balas, and help us kick-off this empowering weekend. Presentation of the Cindy Melacon Spirit Award, Carolyn Pultz Brown Leadership Award and the Rosalind Franklin Excellence in Ovarian Cancer Research Award to outstanding members of the community will be included.
9:00am-9:45am Ovarian Cancer Update
Discuss the current state of ovarian cancer and what to look for in the future.
Speaker: Linda Duska, MD, University of Virginia
9:30am-5:00pm Expo Open!
The Expo is a forum for participants to learn about our conference sponsors, Partner Member organizations, health care companies, Alliance programs and other organizations working on cancer issues. Don't miss your chance to visit our exhibitors!
9:45am-10:10am Refresh and Energize!
Get your blood flowing with gentle exercise as we refresh and energize ourselves for the day!
Speaker: Dawn Curtis, East Meets West Yoga Center
10:25am-11:30am Exploring Genetics and Ovarian Cancer
Hear from experts in the field about new findings in genomics and ovarian cancer and learn what federal agencies are doing to address new information as we are learning about the connection between genetics and cancer.
Speakers: Anya Prince, JD, MPP, Center for Genomics and Society, Department of Social Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill Juan Rodriguez, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
11:45am-12:30pm Extending Your Knowledge
A series of breakout sessions to gain an in-depth understanding of genetics issues and treatment.
12:30pm-1:30pm Networking Lunch
Enjoy lunch and get to know other survivors and caregivers in your area.
1:35pm-2:45pm Ovarian Cancer Today
This is sure to be an information-packed session! Hear from experts as they discuss some of the hot topics relating to ovarian cancer in the news today. You will learn about prevention strategies related to fallopian tube cancer, novel therapeutics, drug shortages and more. Our expert panelists will help decode what the latest advances mean for you and what to expect in the coming years.
Speakers: Anil Sood, MD, MD Anderson Cancer Center Linda Duska, MD, University of Virginia Leah Jutzi, MD, FRCSC, University of British Columbia/BC Cancer Agency Jeannie David, Food and Drug Administration
2:45pm-3:45pm Extending Your Knowledge
A series of breakout sessions and discussions relating to specific populations of the ovarian cancer community.
5:00pm Expo Closes for the Evening
5:00pm-6:00pm Honoring the Journey
A time to honor and remember those who have gone before us and celebrate the lives of all women with ovarian cancer. Speaker: Diane Rader O'Connor, President, Board of Directors, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
6:00pm-7:00pm Don't Stop TEAL We Drop! Conference Party!
Kick up your heels and enjoy some music and dancing as we celebrate the first day of the National Conference! Prizes and trophies will be given to attendees during our Wear Your Best Teal contest! Be sure to pack your best teal for this one-of-a-kind contest! Light snacks will be available.
7:00pm Dinner On Your Own
7:30am - 8:30am Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women's Lives(R) Breakfast (For active STS participants) Grab some breakfast and join your fellow presenters and facilitators for a discussion with the National Program Director.
7:30am-1:00pm Expo Open!
The Expo is a forum for participants to learn about our conference sponsors, Partner Member organizations, health care companies, Alliance programs and other organizations working on cancer issues. Don't miss your chance to visit our exhibitors before 1pm today.
8:30am-9:45am Ask the Experts
Back by popular demand! Speakers will answer your questions about ovarian cancer research, science and clinical trials. Please note: the experts cannot answer questions that are specific to your treatment. Please speak with your health care team about your personal health questions.Turn your questions in to our registration desk in advance or write your question on index cards available during the session. Speakers: Robert Coleman, MD, FACOG, FACS, MD Anderson Cancer Center Emanuel Petricoin II, PHD, Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine, George Mason University Michael Seiden, MD, PhD, McKesson Specialty Health and The US Oncology Network
9:45am-10:00am Refresh and Energize!
Get your blood flowing with with gentle exercise as we refresh and energize ourselves for the day! Speaker: Dawn Curtis, East Meets West Yoga Center
10:15am-11:15am Mello Abrams Lectureship
This lectureship was established by Jay Schwamm in memory of his late wife, Judy Mellow, and in honor of Judith Abrams, Board Member of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Judy Mello lost her life to ovarian cancer and her dear friend, Judith Abrams, has accomplished so much for women with this dreadful disease. Speaker: Michael Seiden, MD, PhD, McKesson Specialty Health and The US Oncology Network
11:15am-12:15pm Extending Your Knowledge
A series of breakout sessions to gain an in-depth understanding on a variety of ovarian cancer topics
12:15pm-1:30pm Expert Round Table (open to ticket holders only)
Many companies are making great strides in tumor testing, a new approach to help guide treatment decisions. Dr. Coleman will discuss how you and your health care team can use these advance to develop a personalize treatment protocol. He will also talk about best practices in ovarian cancer treatment. Speaker: Robert Coleman, MD, FACOG, FACS, MD Anderson Cancer Center
1:00pm Expo Closes to the Public
1:40pm-2:40pm Living and Thriving After A Cancer Diagnosis
Hearing you have cancer can be frightening. Get tips from experts about maintaining your quality of life. Our experts will discuss survivorship and living your best.
Speakers: Elizabeth Hatcher, RN BSN George Washington Cancer Institute Tracy Crane, University of Arizona Cancer Center David Garcia, University of Arizona Cancer Center
2:45pm-3:45pm Extending Your Knowledge
3:45pm-4:30pm Keynote: An Afternoon with Special Guest Karen Mills; Ovarian Cancer Survivor & Comedian
Karen has often been compared to Ellen Degeneres and Jerry Seinfeld because she finds the funny in everyday life. That didn't change when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. "When the surgeons cut me open, my right ovary popped out the size of a cantaloupe, my left ovary the size of a grapefruit. Turns out, my muffin top was a fruit salad!" Karen was determined to take on the disease with hope and humor. Her mission is to inspire people to love, laugh and approach everything life hands you with a positive attitude. You are sure to leave this session filled with laughter and empowered to meet each day with determination.
5:00pm-7:00pm Advocacy Day Training
This exciting training is required for all Advocacy Day participants. Open only to Advocacy Day registrants. You will hear about the policy priorities of the ovarian cancer community, learn about what you will be asking Congress to do, prepare for your meetings and meet your group members. You will also receive your personalized schedule. Light refreshments will be available. Speakers: Ilisa Halpern Paul, District Policy Group; Rebecca Freedman McGrath, District Policy Group
8:00am-9:00am Advocacy Day Breakfast
Join your fellow advocates for breakfast and fuel up before your big day on Capitol Hill!
9:30am March to Capitol Hill
10:00am-4:00pm Teal in Action
Advocates on the Hill
All topics, times and speakers are subject to change. Speakers will continue to be updated and added to the agenda.