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2018 Symposium Agenda






Registration and buffet breakfast

Keynote Presentation – Dr. Vincent Tuohy, Cleveland Clinic

Breakout Session I

Breakout Session II

Lunch & Keynote Presentation – Laura Allio, Local Breast Cancer Patient & Advocate

All symposium attendees will have the option to choose two of six different breakout sessions during the registration process. Click here to download a brief description of the breakout sessions.

Dr. Vincent Tuohy

Dr. Vincent K. Tuohy is a Professor of Molecular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and is a member of the Staff in the Department of Immunology at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Tuohy hails from Brooklyn, NY where he received his Ph.D. in Pathology from SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Tuohy completed his postdoctoral studies in autoimmunity at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, Waltham, MA, where he developed a novel animal model for multiple sclerosis. As a Cleveland Clinic immunologist since 1989, Dr. Tuohy characterized several new autoimmune animal models for studying human diseases including sudden deafness, heart failure, cystitis, prostatitis, and ovarian failure. More recently, Dr. Tuohy developed a novel vaccine designed to prevent triple negative breast cancer and another vaccine designed to prevent ovarian cancer.

In recognition for his breast cancer vaccine studies, Dr. Tuohy received the F. Mason Sones 2010 Innovator of the Year Award from the Cleveland Clinic as well as the 2010 Excellence in Science Award from the Lerner Research Institute. Dr. Tuohy lives in Broadview Heights, Ohio and treasures the time he spends with his wife Marion and his three children and five grandchildren.

Laura Allio

Laura is a strong community advocate for women’s wellness and breast health. Laura was 32 and seven months postpartum when she was diagnosed with Stage 2B, triple negative breast cancer. With the help of her caregiver and husband, Michael, and their son, James, the Allio family has been determined in raising awareness regarding cancer. The Allio family frequently does Live Facebook feeds in addition to writing and speaking on the topic. You can stay updated with Laura and the Allio family’s journey by following them on Facebook or through their Instagram @thenextbreastthing.

Originally from Metro Detroit, Laura attended Loyola University of Chicago for her undergraduate degree before receiving her MBA in Corporate Finance and Investments from the University of Notre Dame. She worked in private wealth as well as corporate finance prior to launching her own company. Prior to her diagnosis, Laura was already an active community member, making an impact through volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Association, the Women’s Network, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, Stewarts Caring Place, and her sorority’s (Kappa Kappa Gamma) alumnae chapter.

She moved to Akron with her husband in 2014.  She was the Frederick B. Snite Jr. Notre Dame Leadership Award recipient in 2012, the Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio Emerging Leader Award recipient in 2016, and was one of the 30 for the Future award recipients for the Greater Akron Chamber this past year. For their work in breast cancer, the family has also received the Breast Cancer Innovation Funds’ Pink Gardenia Award and Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio’s Never Give Up Award.

Laura is a currently the President and Founder of St. James Therapeutics, a business she launched in early 2018, which manufactures a cream she invented to help alleviate the burning pain of Hand Foot Syndrome, a common side effect of chemotherapy.

This event is sponsored by Ganley Automotive Group

With additional support from University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center
In partnership with The Gathering Place, The Cleveland Clinic, and Summa Health