Role of non-Invasive Tests for the Early Detection of Cancer

Speaker

Portrait of Nickolas Papadopoulos, PhDNickolas Papadopoulos, PhD
Professor of Oncology and Pathology
Director of Translational Genetics
Ludwig Center for Cancer Genetics & Therapeutics
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Johns Hopkins Institutions
Baltimore, MD

Dr. Nickolas Papadopoulos is Professor of Oncology & Pathology and Director of Translational Genetics at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.  He is internationally known as a co-discoverer of the genetic basis of the predisposition to hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC), one of the most common hereditary forms of cancer, earlier in his career.  He is known for the development of diagnostic tests and is considered an expert in cancer genetics and diagnostics.  He was part of the interdisciplinary team that was first to sequence all of the protein coding genes, determine genetic alterations, and construct expression profiles of four common tumor types.  Later, he was involved in the identification of genetic alterations that drive tumorigenesis in multiple tumor types. 

Noteworthy discoveries made by Dr. Papadopoulos include the identification of novel mutations in chromatin remodeling genes in ovarian clear cell carcinomas and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors.  He is a co-developer of sensitive methods for the detection of tumor DNA in liquid biopsy, and also the co-founder of two companies that develop diagnostics for cancer. Currently, he is focused on translating the genetic information derived from cancer genome analyses to clinical applications in early detection, diagnosis and monitoring of cancer.  Dr. Papadopoulos received his PhD from the University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston.

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