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      Knight Campus Distinguished Lecture with Brian Druker, M.D. in Eugene

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      October 7, 2019

      Monday  10:30 AM

      EMU Crater Lake Room , 1585 E 13th Ave
      Eugene, Oregon

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      Knight Campus Distinguished Lecture with Brian Druker, M.D.

      Brian Druker, M.D., director of the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University, will give the 2019 Knight Campus Distinguished Lecture, titled “Imatinib as a Paradigm of Targeted Cancer Therapies.” Imatinib (Gleevec) was the first of its kind, targeted cancer therapy, killing cancer cells without harming normal cells. Dr. Druker performed laboratory studies that led to the development of imatinib for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and then spearheaded the highly successful clinical trials of imatinib, which led to FDA approval of the drug in record time. This work changed the life expectancy of patients with CML from an average of 3 to 5 years, to a 95% five-year survival and has resulted in a paradigm-shift in cancer treatment from non-specific chemotherapy to highly targeted therapeutic agents. His lecture will focus on how this drug was developed, the hurdles he faced, and how this paradigm is now being applied widely for the treatment of cancer. The Knight Campus Distinguished Lecture Series The Knight Campus Distinguished Lecture is an annual event designed to bring nationally and internationally recognized science, technology and engineering leaders to the University of Oregon community to give their perspective on the future of their fields. A coffee reception will begin at 10:00 am, with Dr. Druker's lecture starting at 10:30 am.  For more information on this lecture, please visit:

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