14th Annual APCaRI Fall Symposium 2022
Dr. Chris Wallis, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto and Urologic Oncologist, Mount Sinai Hospital and University Health Network
KEYNOTE on FRIDAY, NOV 18, 3-3:50 pm: “But what if….? Treatment regret in localized prostate cancer”
Christopher Wallis obtained his Doctor of Medicine from the University of British Columbia and his Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Epidemiology & Health Care Research from the Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He completed his clinical residency in Urology at the University of Toronto affiliated hospitals and his Society of Urologic Oncology accredited fellowship training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. To date, he has more than 225 publications in peer-reviewed journals. His research focuses on leveraging epidemiologic techniques to understand the interaction between processes of care and patient outcomes, with a particular focus on patients with cancer and those undergoing surgery.
Dr. Paul Boutros, PhD
Professor, Human Genetics, Department of Urology, University of California, Los Angeles
KEYNOTE on SATURDAY, NOV 19, 9:10-10 am: “The evolution of lethal prostate cancer”
My primary research focus is developing large clinically-coherent cancer cohorts, linked to high-dimensional molecular or imaging data. We develop statistical and machine-learning algorithms to identify novel features and create biomarkers that predict actionable clinical phenotypes. This leads to deep long-term collaborations with clinicians and clinician-scientists, working regularly on clinical trial cohorts to ensure our work has a potential patient impact. I am passionate about ensuring that the data and software resources we create reach wide community usage, and this has led to the second major focus of my research.
KEYNOTE on SATURDAY, NOV 19, 1:30-2:20 pm: “How better software engineering improves scientific and medical research.”
Vijay received his Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from George Washington and his MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon. Following his MSc, Vijay joined Google as one of the company’s earliest software engineers in 2002. He later founded a venture-backed company called Mitro, which focused on building an easy way for teams to save and share passwords, which was acquired by Twitter – where Vijay led the New York engineering team. Following his time at Google and Twitter, Vijay joined Benchmark as an Entrepreneur in Residence. Throughout his 20 years of experience in building software, Vijay has been an avid investor in early-stage startups. His portfolio spans 90+ companies, primarily in the B2B and biotech space, including Wish, Pilot, FabricNano, BigHat Biosciences, and Deel. While working to improve software practices in a cancer immunotherapy startup, Vijay discovered that while the amount of software written by scientists and researchers has inexorably increased, few are aware of best engineering practices, resulting in longer iteration times, more scientific errors and barriers to reproducibility. To bridge this gap, Vijay teaches and advises students and researchers on software engineering techniques to help scientists make their research more rigorous and reproducible, focusing on cloud computing, source control, version management, data storage, and collaboration techniques.
The APCaRI Fall Symposium is always an enriching and fun event! Attendees include clinicians, scientists, clinical research personnel, trainees, benefactors, and representatives of prostate cancer support groups.
THANK YOU TO THE APCARI FALL SYMPOSIUM 2022 SPONSORS AND FUNDING AGENCIES