Our Symposium brings researchers from across the globe as well as the Medical Advisory Committee Members to Sun Valley, Idaho, for a week in March bi-annually. 

Symposium is an invitation-only conference held under the guidance of Marc Lippman, M.D., and the Chair of our Medical Advisory Committee. The attendees—which include renowned scientists, researchers and physicians from around the world—have intense working sessions to share unpublished information, analyze breakthroughs, discuss advances in treatment, and recognize hurdles to finding a cure.

The Annual Laura Evans Memorial Breast Cancer Symposium encourages the free exchange of ideas and current breast cancer research. Attendees include basic scientists, clinical investigators and practicing clinicians. The attendees have intense working sessions to share unpublished information, analyze breakthroughs, recognize hurdles to finding a cure and discuss advances in treatment. After the Symposium, attendees continue to pool information and develop new cross-country clinical trials.

This is an exciting time for breast cancer research, because we are on the verge of uncovering so much information about each cancer's unique drivers. This knowledge will lead us to more targeted, personalized therapies that will deliver more cures for more patients.

The Expedition Inspiration Annual Symposium is truly a meeting of the greatest minds in breast cancer research — the ‘rock stars’ of the field. It is a powerful event because of its singular focus on sharing ideas to move the field forward. There is nothing quite like it, and it exists because of Expedition Inspiration’s mission and supporters.
— Expedition Inspiration board member, Kimberly Allison, M.D.

Symposium Attendees

Karen Antman, M.D. 
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center 

Alan Ashworth, Ph.D. 
Breakthrough Toby Robins Breast Cancer Research Center 
The Institute for Cancer Research Chester 
Beatty Laboratories London 

Harry Bartelink, M.D., Ph.D. 
Professor and Chairman 
Department of Raditherapy 
The Netherlands Cancer Institute 
Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

Chris Benz, M.D. 
Professor and Director 
Program of Cancer and 
Developmental Therapeutics 
Buck Institute for Age Research 

Nanette Hahr Bishopric, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A
Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Pharmacology
Director, UM Cardiovascular Genetics Laboratory
Miller School of Medicine
University of Miami

Mina Bissell, Ph.D. 
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 

Blake Cady, M.D. 
Women & Infants Hospital 
The Breast Health Center 
Brown University School of Medicine 

Lisa A. Carey, M.D.
Professor of Breast Cancer Hematology/Oncology
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of North Carolina

Jenny Chang, M.D. 
Associate Professor 
Department of Medicine Breast Center 
Baylor College of Medicine 

Arul Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 
Department of Pathology 
University of Michigan Health System 

Gary Clark, Ph.D. 
Baylor College of Medicine 

Leena Hilakivi-Clarke, Ph.D. 
Georgetown University Medical Center 

Michael Clarke, M.D. 
Internal Medicine & Developmental Biology 
University of Michigan Health System

Donald Cleveland, Ph.D. 
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research 
University of California San Diego 

Suzanne Conzen, M.D. 
University of Chicago Medical Center 

Dorraya El-Ashry, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine 
University of Michigan Health System 

Matthew J. C. Ellis, M.B., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Medicine Oncology Division
Medical Oncology Section
Washington University in St. Louis

Laura Esserman, M.D. 
Mt. Zion Cancer Center 
University California San Francisco 

Francisco J. Esteva, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Breast Medical Oncology
Division of Cancer Medicine
Director, Breast Cancer Translational Research
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
University of Texas 

Stephen P. Ethier, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Basic Science & Deputy Director Faculty
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Gini F. Fleming, M.D. 
University of Chicago Medical Center 

David A. Flockhart, M.D., Ph.D. 
Chief, Division of Clinical Pharmacology 
Indiana University Cancer Center 

Barbara Fowble, M.D. 
Fox Chase Cancer Institute 

Suzanne Fuqua, Ph.D. 
Baylor College of Medicine 

Judy Garber, M.D. 
Dana Farber Cancer Institute 

Teresa Gilewski, M.D. 
Cornell University Medical College 

William J. Gradishar, M.D. 
Director of Breast Medical Oncology 
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center 
Northwestern University Medical School 

Joe Gray, Ph.D. 
Department of Laboratory Medicine 
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 
San Francisco Cancer Center 
University of California 

Geoffrey Greene, M.D. 
Ben May Institute for Cancer Research 
University of Chicago 

Adrian Harris, M.D., Ph.D. 
Churchill Hospital 
ICRF Clinical Oncology Unit 
Oxford, England 

Daniel Hayes, M.D. 
Professor of Medicine 
Director, Breast Oncology Program 
University of Michigan Medical Center

Ruth Heimann, M.D. 
Associate Professor 
Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology 
University of Chicago 

Brian Henderson, M.D. 
University of Southern California 

Craig Henderson, M.D. 

Lothar Hennighausen, Ph.D. 
NIDDK, National Institutes of Health 

Ronald Herberman, M.D. 
Pittsburgh Cancer Institute 

Leena Hilakivi-Clarke, Ph.D. 
Georgetown University Medical Center 

Jeffrey Holt, M.D. 
Vanderbilt University Medical Center 

Robert Hoover, M.D. 
National Cancer Institute 

William Hryniuk, M.D. 
Karmanos Cancer Institute 

Clifford Hudis, M.D. 
Chief, Breast Cancer Medicine Service 
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center 

Tan Ince, Ph.D., M.D. 
Harvard Medical School 
Brigham and Women’s Hospital 

Elizabeth Iorns
Department of Medicine
Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
University of Miami

Stephanie Jeffrey, M.D. 
Stanford University

Robert Kerbel, M.D., Ph.D.
Canada Research Chair in Molecular Medicine Molecular & Cell Biology Research
Sunnybrook & Women’s College Health Sciences Centre
University of Toronto

Joshua LaBaer, M.D., Ph.D. 
Director, Harvard Institute of Proteomics 
Department of Biological Chemistry and 
Molecular Phamacology 
Whitehead Institute Center for Genome Research 
Harvard Medical School 

Adrian V. Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Lester & Sue Smith Breast Center
Baylor College of Medicine

Lance A. Liotta, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Life Sciences
Co-Director, The Center for Applied Proteomics 
and Molecular Medicine
George Mason University

Michael T. Lotze, M.D. 
University of Pittsburgh 

David Mankoff, M.D., Ph.D. 
University of Washington Medical Center 
Division of Nuclear Medicine and Radiology

John Mendelsohn, M.D. 
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center 

Malcolm Mitchell, M.D. 
Karmanos Cancer Institute 

Alberto Montero, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Internal Medicine

Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.
Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chairman
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
University of Miami

Asa Joel Nixon, M.D., M.P.H. 
Harvard Medical School 

Olufunmilayo Olopade, M.D. 
Cancer Risk Center 
University of Chicago 

Michael O’Reilly, M.D. 
Harvard Medical School 

Joyce O'Shaughnessy, M.D.
Co-Chair of Breast Cancer Research
Texas Oncology 
Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center

C. Kent Osborne, M.D. 
Director of Breast Center 
Baylor College of Medicine

Soonmyung Paik, M.D. 
NSABP Foundation 

John Park, M.D. 
Mount Zion Cancer Center 
University of California San Francisco 

Mark Pegram, M.D. 
Director for Clinical and Translational Research Program
Acting Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center 
University of Miami 

Charles Perou, Ph.D. 
Department of Genetics and Pathology 
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center 
University of North Carolina 

William Peters, M.D., Ph.D. 
Karmanos Cancer Institute 

Edith Perez, M.D. 
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville 

Malcolm Pike, Ph.D. 
Keck School of Medicine 
Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center 
University of Southern California 

Peggy Porter, M.D. 
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center 

Mitchell C. Posner, M.D. 
Department of Surgery 
University of Chicago 

Leonard Prosnitz, M.D. 
Duke University Medical School 

Lajos Pusztai, M.D., Ph.D. 
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center 
University of Texas 

James Rae, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine-Hematology and Oncology
University of Michigan Health System

Nicholas Restifo, M.D. 
National Cancer Institute 

Neal Rosen, M.D. 
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center 

Joseph Rosenblatt, M.D. 
Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology 
William J. Harrington Chair in Hematology 
Division of Hematology - Oncology 
Interim-Director, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center 
University of Miami

Erkki Ruoslahti, M.D. 
The Burnham Institute 

Richard Santen, M.D. 
Aurbach Medical Research Building 
University of Virginia Health 
Sciences System 

Daniela Santoli, M.D. 
The Wistar Institute 

Joyce Slingerland, M.D., Ph.D. 
Director, Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute 
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center 
Batchelor Children’s Institute 
University of Miami 

George W. Sledge, Jr., M.D. 
Ballve-Lantero Professor of Oncology 
Indiana University Cancer Center

Patricia Steeg, Ph.D. 
Department of Pathology 
National Cancer Institute 

Sonia Sugg, M.D. 
University of Chicago 

George Vande Woude, Ph.D. 
Van Andel Research Institute 

Laura Van’t Veer, Ph.D. 
The Netherlands Cancer Institute 
Department of Pathology 
Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Shaomeng Wang, Ph.D. 
Internal Medicine/Hematology Oncology 
University of Michigan Health System 

Ralph R. Weichselbaum, M.D. 
Daniel K. Ludwig Professor 
Chairman, Department of Radiobiology and Cell Oncology 
The Center for Advanced Medicine 
University of Chicago 

Louis Weiner 
Fox Chase Cancer Center 

Stephen Weiss, M.D. 
Division Chief-Molecular Medicine and Genetics 
Department of Internal Medicine 
University of Michigan 

Anton Wellstein, M.D., Ph.D. 
Georgetown University 

Max Wicha, M.D. 
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine 
Distinguished Professor of Oncology 
University of Michigan Health System 
Comprehensive Cancer Center 

Rod Withers, M.D. 
University of California Los Angeles 

Savio Woo 
Mount Sinai Medical Center 

John Wunderlich, M.D. 
National Cancer Institute 

Douglas Yee, M.D.
Tickle Family Chair in Breast Cancer Research
Director, Masonic Cancer Center
University of Minnesota

Bruce Zetter, Ph.D. 
Department of Cell Biology 
Childrens Hospital 
Harvard Medical Schoo