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Markey Cancer Center Research Day 2019

MCCRD 2018

Markey Cancer Center Research Day is a single-day event showcasing current cancer research projects throughout all disciplines at the University of Kentucky. For the tenth consecutive year, the event is being held at the UK Singletary Center for the Arts. 

Download the Markey Cancer Center Research Day program (PDF, 3.3 MB) to review information online and on your phone/tablet.

If you are unable to attend the event in person, follow the livestream below.

UK researchers – students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty and staff – have the opportunity to share their work in an atmosphere of learning and collaboration through several avenues such as:

  • Poster sessions
  • Oral presentations (invited)
  • Luncheon
  • State of the Cancer Center Address
  • Susan B. Lester Memorial Lecture, presented by James H. Doroshow, MD, Director, Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, National Cancer Institute.

Prizes are awarded to graduate students and to post-doctoral fellows for the best posters in categories such as basic science, clinical, translational, population-based and more.

In addition to the poster competition, the judges select an abstract from one graduate student, one post-doctoral fellow and one junior faculty member to be presented during the oral presentations.

Co-Sponsored by the Markey Cancer Center and the UK Markey Cancer Foundation.

Singletary Center for the Arts

UK's Singletary Center for the Arts (SCFA) will be hosting the event for the ninth consecutive year. The poster sessions will be held in the lobby, with the oral presentations and the Susan B. Lester Memorial Lecture taking place in the Recital Hall. Lunch for registered attendees will be served on the Concert Hall stage and an awards reception will be held in the SCFA President's Room.

Learn more about the about the Singletary Center.

  • Registration

    Thank you for your interest in attending Markey Cancer Center Research Day to be held May 7, 2019, at the University of Kentucky's Singletary Center for the Arts.

    Markey Cancer Center Research Day is free to University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff -- as well as to Markey Affiliates, official exhibitors/sponsors, Patient Advisory Group members, and guests from the University of Louisville. A registration fee of $20 applies to registrants not affiliated with UK or UK HealthCare.

    Register online today to ensure attendance, lunch and more.

  • About Susan B. Lester

    Susan B. Lester
    Susan B. Lester

    The family and friends of Susan B. Lester endowed a lectureship in her honor, and it is this generous donation that makes the Markey Cancer Center Research Day possible.

    Mrs. Lester left an indelible mark on her world, serving as a clinical dietician for Eastern State Hospital and for nursing home patients in Eastern and Central Kentucky.

    This symposium benchmarks recent advances in cancer research and thus honors Mrs. Lester by underscoring both her generous life and the brave battle she fought against this disease.

    Questions? Contact the event coordinator via e-mail:

  • Agenda


    7:45 a.m.                   Check-In/Onsite Registration begins (Lobby)

    8:25 a.m.                   Welcome Session (Recital Hall)

    8:30 – 8:45 a.m.        Graduate Student Oral Presentation Awardee
                                       - Meghan Haney, MD/PhD
                                       - “A Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase 4A3 (PRL-3)/Wnt signaling axis as a novel therapeutic target in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) relapse”   

    8:45 – 9:00 a.m.        Post-Doctoral Fellow Oral Presentation Awardee
                                       - James R. Castle, PhD
                                       - “Estimating breast tissue-specific epigenetic age using next-generation methylation sequencing data”

    9:00 – 9:15 a.m.        Research Associate Oral Presentation Awardee
                                       - Tianxin Yu, PhD
                                       - “Lung tumorigenesis involves KLF4-regulated lineage of stem/progenitor cells”

    9:15 – 9:30 a.m.        Assistant Faculty-Clinical Track Oral Presentation Awardee
                                       - Reshma Ramlal, MD, FACP
                                       - “Number of Somatic Mutations Is an Independent Predictor of Overall Survival in Acute Myeloid Leukemia”

    9:30 – 11:00 a.m.       Poster Presentation #1 (Mezzanine and Main Lobbies)

    10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Lunch – provided for pre-registered attendees
                                                   - Pick up lunch in President’s Room and dine on Concert Hall Stage

    *10 a.m. – 1 p.m.       Exhibit Hall Hours (Concert Hall Stage)


    11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.    Poster Presentation #2 (Mezzanine and Main Lobbies)

    1:00 – 2:30 p.m.         Faculty Oral Presentations
                                        - Yvonne Fondufe-Mittendorf, PhD
                                        - “Epigenomic Reprogramming in Response  to an Environmental Toxicant to Drive Carcinogenesis”

                                        - Thomas Tucker, PhD, MPH
                                        - “The Importance of Population-Based Data for Cancer Research and Control”

                                        - Lowell Anthony, MD
                                        - "mTOR Inhibition as an Ischemic Sensitizer  in the Management of Neuroendocrine Tumors”

    2:30 – 2:40 p.m.         Break

    2:40 – 3:00 p.m.         State of the Cancer Center Address
                                        - B. Mark Evers, MD, Director of the Markey Cancer Center
                                        - Introduction, UK Markey Cancer Foundation

    3:00 – 3:05 p.m.         Markey Women Strong Research Award Presentation
                                        - Michael Delzotti, President, UK Markey Cancer Foundation

    3:05 – 4:05 p.m.         Susan B. Lester Memorial Lecture
                                        - James H. Doroshow, MD, Director   
                                        - Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, National Cancer Institute                       

    4:05 – 4:15 p.m.         Awards Presentation (Recital Hall)

    4:15 – 5:30 p.m.         Reception and Door Prize Distribution (President’s Room)

  • Abstract and Poster Guidelines

    Abstract and Poster Guidelines

    The poster presentation is held in two sessions. Detailed instructions are e-mailed to authors of accepted abstracts. The following guidelines are to be followed for posters:

    • Abstracts are limited to 525 words or less.
    • Tables and illustrations should be kept relatively simple.
    • Type size, lines and symbols in illustrations should be sufficiently large and bold to be comprehensible from a viewing distance of up to 6 feet.
    • Each poster should contain a top panel containing the title of the abstract and the names of authors.
    • Illustrative material should be arranged in a logical order from top down and left-to-right.
    • The poster board assigned to each presenter has a usable area of 8 feet in width and 4 feet in height.
    • Pushpins will be provided.

    One graduate student, one post-doctoral fellow and one junior faculty will be invited to give oral presentations at the event.


    Contact the event coordinator via email at