Science Pub Portland: Early Cancer Detection

OCT 17 2017 | 7-9PM

Early Cancer Detection and Saving Lives
With Dr. Sadik Esener, Director of the Knight Cancer Institute’s Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center at OHSU

October 17, 2017 | Event 7-9PM; Doors Open @ 5PM | 

$5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door. Tickets available online or at the OMSI front desk, see below for details.


Cancer research is changing, for the better. Nevertheless, much of cancer research is focused on later stage disease, helping patients survive a cancer that may have already fully developed. What if we could detect those cancers earlier? What if we could discover what makes the body create cancer, so that we could eliminate it before it ever begins? That would truly end cancer as we know it!


Dr. Sadik Esener is the Director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center (CEDAR). A nano-engineer by training, Dr. Esener is assembling a diverse team comprised of the best and brightest minds in the world. His team includes people who specialize in technology, basic biology, population science, and researchers who bring a unique perspective to the problems of early detection.


His operating model looks a little more like Google than a traditional academic medical institution’s research lab – and there are reasons for that. The Knight is reinventing the model for its focus on early detection – because the earlier you can spot and treat cancers, the more lives are saved.


Dr. Esener was recruited to the Knight’s CEDAR Center because of his strengths as a scientific innovator and a catalyst for discovery. He has a strong record of bringing together scientists and technology from different disciplines to focus on a specific challenge. Dr. Esener came to OHSU from UCSD, where he was a professor at the Jacobs School of Engineering; he also led the Cancer Nanotechnology Center of Excellence, funded by the National Cancer Institute at USCD’s Moores Cancer Center. The Cancer Nanotechnology Center explores ways to use nanoscale devices to detect and target cancerous tumors.  Dr. Esener’s technologies have launched many start-up companies, including five of his own.


Of Turkish origin, Dr. Esener grew up in France, earned his B.S. from the Instanbul Technical University, an M.S. from the University of Michigan in Electrical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering from UCSD, specializing in photonic devices.

OMSI Science Pub at the Empirical Theater will be a ticketed event beginning on October 17. To guarantee a seat at this event, please buy tickets online or at the OMSI front desk. Please show your ticket at the theater entrance upon arrival.


If the event sells out, we will update the website and Facebook listings accordingly. If the event does not sell out in advance, attendance will be first-come, first-served at the door and at-the-door admission will remain a suggested donation.


There will no longer be official seat reservations available at the door. You are welcome to reserve a seat with your jacket or sweater.


Science Pub OMSI is a monthly event that is open to anyone and everyone – no scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge! For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, email:


Dinner will be available in our restaurant, Theory, or from the Empirical Café. Guests can check-in at the theater entrance and find a seat before grabbing dinner and drinks. Food and drink are welcome in the theater. Parking is free for the event. Doors open at 5pm.


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