Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Grand Rounds Lecture: Elizabeth A. Platz


Elizabeth Platz headshotThe Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is pleased to welcome Elizabeth A. Platz, ScD, MPH, as this week’s lecturer in our Grand Rounds Series. Her talk is entitled Population Science: Collaborating to Uncover Cancer Etiology While Reflecting on Translation to Reduce Cancer Burden.”

Dr. Platz is a Professor, Martin D. Abeloff, MD Scholar in Cancer Prevention, and Deputy Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she directs the NCI-funded (T32) training program in Cancer Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control. She also co-leads the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins and holds joint appointments in the Department of Oncology, and the Department of Urology and the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Platz received her doctorate in epidemiology from and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.

A major focus of her work is the use of molecular and genetic epidemiology approaches to understand the mechanisms underlying prostate incidence and progression. She conducts her work with an eye toward translation of findings into prevention and treatment strategies. Known for her leadership of multidisciplinary prostate cancer research teams, she is at the forefront of epidemiologic research on the role of inflammation, a target for prevention, in the development of prostate cancer, and on telomere length as a prognostic marker for poor outcome after treatment for prostate cancer. Dr. Platz is the PI of an NCI-funded U01 to enhance the infrastructure of the ARIC cohort for cancer epidemiology research and NCI and DOD-funded grants investigating tissue-based biomarkers of prostate cancer risk and prognosis. In addition to her academic efforts, she is the chair of the Maryland Cancer Collaborative, the group charged with prioritizing and implementing strategies from the state’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.

Lecture Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Time: 12 pm

Location: Bluemle Life Sciences Building, Mandeville Auditorium – Room 101

233 South 10th St. Philadelphia, PA 19107

The lecture is free to the public. For more information, please contact Almeta Mathis:


Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Grand Rounds Overall Program Goals and Objectives:

• Describe state-of-the-art therapeutic approaches to brain tumors, breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, genitourinary cancer, gynecologic cancer, head and neck cancer, hematologic cancer, pancreatic cancer, thoracic cancer and other cancers

• Describe new therapeutic agents and targets

• Review disparities in cancer care

• Assess clinical situations in light of new and emerging therapeutic practices to improve patient care and utilize patient outcomes data to evaluate current practices, translate research and other sources of new information into patient care practices

• Improve communications between members of the multidisciplinary team involved in the care of patients with cancer

The Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Sidney Kimmel Medical College designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.