BU Health Sciences Symposium features top cancer researcher

For Immediate Release

Date:  March 24, 2006


BLOOMSBURG—A Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania graduate who is a leader in the field of cancer research will be the featured speaker at BU’s 15th annual Health Sciences Symposium. The symposium will be held Thursday and Friday, April 6 and 7, in the Kehr Union.

Co-sponsored by Bloomsburg University and the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, the symposium also will feature presentations by students and faculty, as well as exhibits and demonstrations offered as part of the University Health Center’s annual Wellness Day. Events at the symposium are open to the public free of charge.

The conference will open with a keynote address by Lynn McCormick Matrisian, chairperson of the department of cancer biology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a 1975 BU graduate. Matrisian’s address, “Understanding Cancer: How Research Can Help You,” will be offered Thursday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. She will also present the workshop, “The Ins, The Outs and The Impact of Cancer Research” on Friday, April 7, at 8:30 a.m. Both presentations will be held in the Kehr Union Ballroom. Matrisian’s Thursday evening lecture is presented as part of BU’s Provost’s Lecture Series.

Matrisian specializes in the molecular mechanism that underlies cancer development, growth and metastasis. Her work focuses on the communication pathways between cells and their environment, particularly their use as therapeutic and preventive targets.

Professor of cancer biology, Ingram professor of cancer research and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Vanderbilt, Matrisian recently completed a one-year term as president of the American Association for Cancer Research, a professional society of more than 24,000 laboratory and clinical scientists. She graduated from Bloomsburg with a degree in medical technology, earned a doctoral degree in molecular biology at the University of Arizona, conducted post-doctoral research in France and has been a Vanderbilt professor since 1986. 

In conjunction with the symposium, the annual Wellness Day fair will be held Friday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Kehr Union, Multipurpose A and B. Sponsored by the University Health Center, the fair will feature exhibits and demonstrations by 39 organizations, including on- and off-campus groups. Health tests and information will be available, including cholesterol screenings by the Bloomsburg Hospital. Blood pressure, vision, body mass index and body composition screenings will also be provided at the fair. Food will be donated by local restaurants.


Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 17 master’s and one doctoral degree.