Special to UM News
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is proud to present the third WellBeingWell conference sponsored by Chico’sFAS. The one-day event will take place Thursday, November 6, at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami Hotel from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The highlights include keynote speakers Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., scientist and Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.
With presentations from Sylvester physicians, scientists, and other nationally recognized leaders in the healthcare community, guests will be immersed in a series of panel discussions and seminars. Topics will cover a wide variety of timely cancer issues, including men’s and women’s health, preventive healthcare, nutrition, exercise, genetics, clinical trials, and cancer treatment and survivorship.
“WellBeingWell is one of the many ways that Sylvester can share its expertise with the community,” said Vivian Urbieta, conference co-chair. “As the only academic-based cancer center in South Florida, Sylvester has a unique set of experts who can provide key insights to help all of us live healthier lives.”
WellBeingWell is devoted to sharing the latest research-based approaches to becoming and staying healthy over the course of a lifetime. “We know that there are critical steps we can all take to stave off many diseases, including cancer,” said Nimer, professor of medicine, biochemistry and molecular biology. “In hosting WellBeingWell, we hope to share those messages with as many people as possible, before they ever need to see us as patients. This conference is for people who want to learn about cancer prevention, healthy living, cancer detection, and the latest individualized treatments.”
Nelly M. Farra, vice chair, hopes the conference inspires attendees. “We think the variety of topics and depth of information will be transformative, enabling guests to come away with life-changing advice.”
Following Nimer’s keynote address during breakfast, guests will be able to customize their conference experience by choosing which breakout sessions to attend. Among the topics are “Updates: Genetics and Cancer;” “Eat Right, Do Right, Feel Right;” “The ‘Skinny’ on Healthy Skin;” “Cancer in the Environment;” “The Importance of Sleep and Stress;” “Lifestyles to Promote Well Being;” and “Coping with Cancer.”
Mukherjee’s luncheon keynote address promises to be as engaging and illuminating as his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, which was listed as one of the 100 most influential books written in the last 100 years by TIME magazine. A hematologist-oncologist at Columbia University, Mukherjee’s research has centered on finding therapies for myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myelogenous leukemia and exploring the difference between normal stem cells and cancer cells.
The presenting sponsor of the event, Chico’s, has been committed to community leadership since it was founded as a small Florida boutique in 1983. Chico’s unique and sophisticated quality apparel, coupled with exceptional service, is delivered with a deep appreciation of their customers. David Dyer, president and CEO of Chico’sFAS, said, “The fight against cancer is something that touches everyone, and Chico’s is very proud to support Sylvester’s groundbreaking work on that front.”