GIST Day of Learning San Diego

It’s not too late to sign up for the GIST Day of Learning (GDOL) in La Jolla/San Diego on July 15th.

We are very excited to have some of the top GIST experts present at this event. Drs Sicklick and Heinrich will be discussing their latest research initiatives. Research brings us one step closer to a cure. Don’t miss this opportunity to find out what is new on the horizon.

Dr. Patel will be presenting on Immunotherapy and Dr. Fanta will discuss Personalized Medicine.

This is a “Don’t Miss” event!

Dina Wiley, our Southern California state leader will lead a patient support group, and Deb Melikian, our California parent and patient advocate will be sharing her very personal GIST journey.



Introductions and Lunch

Norman J. Scherzer, Executive Director, The Life Raft Group

Dina Wiley,  Southern California Leader, The Life Raft Group


Reflections on the History of GIST

Future of GIST Research in Portland – Michael Heinrich, MD, Oregon Health Sciences University


Beyond the Big Picture of GIST – No Subtype Left Behind – Jason Sicklick, MD UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center


Mix and Mingle – refreshments served


Immunotherapy for Treating Cancers – Sandip Patel, MD, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center


Personalized Medicine for Treating GIST Patients – Paul Fanta, MD, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center


Our GIST Journey – Debra Melikian, Parent and Patient Advocate


Question and Answer Session

In addition, a GIST Awareness Day Celebration will take place at Jacobs Medical Center, UC San Diego – 9300 Campus Point Drive, La Jolla California on July 13th (GIST Awareness Day). Join us to learn more about GIST and to participate in activities around our H.E.R.O. Campaign, #Hero4Cancer.

There will also be a tour of the research lab on Friday, July 14th at 5pm.

All of these activities are being held against the backdrop of beautiful La Jolla. What better place to take a break and to network with GIST experts and fellow GISTers.

For more information, contact Laura Occhiuzzi, MPA, Senior Director of Outreach and Engagement, The Life Raft Group at

Laura Occhiuzzi
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