SAVE THE DATE: September 26th – 28th, 2020



13th Biennial Ovarian Cancer Research Symposium


As the Ovarian Cancer Research Symposium is six months away, for now we are moving ahead with plans to hold the event in Seattle at the Hyatt Regency. The safety of our symposium attendees is of utmost importance. We are also developing a contingency plan in the case we need to shift the format to a “Virtual Symposium” so that we can provide an important platform for the exchange of ideas and new knowledge on ovarian cancer. A virtual format would include both oral and poster presentations. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and make decisions regarding format by the end of April. Read more on the Rivkin Center response to the COVID-19 pandemic here.


The 13th Biennial Ovarian Cancer Research Symposium is presented by the Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer and the American Association for Cancer Research. The goal of the Symposium is to bring together clinicians and researchers from across many disciplines and institutions worldwide in order to encourage collaborations toward advancing the field of ovarian cancer research. The conference seeks to enhance the understanding and knowledge of ovarian cancer, especially among junior investigators, discuss the most recent innovations in the field of ovarian cancer research, and address pressing concerns of the leaders in the clinical and research community.


Clinical Management for Scientists
Rare Tumors
Model Systems
Prevention and Early Detection
DNA Repair and Mechanisms
Novel Therapeutics



Hyatt Regency Seattle
808 Howell Street
Seattle, WA


The AACR will be providing a limited number of Scholar-in-Training Awards for Associate Members of the AACR in good standing who are presenting an abstract at the Ovarian Cancer Research Symposium and who have previously not received a Scholar-in-Training Award for a conference (excluding the AACR Annual Meeting) in the 12 months prior to September 26, 2020. An abstract for the symposium must be submitted before applying for the award. Full eligibility and application instructions are available here

Continuing Medical Education Activity AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM will be available.

For questions, please contact Jackie Lang at or 206-215-3118.

Important Dates

  • March 2, 2020 - Abstract Submissions Open
  • May 1, 2020 - Online Registration Opens
  • July 13, 2020 - Abstract Submissions Close
  • August 3, 2020: Abstract Notifications
  • September 10, 2020 - Online Registration Closes (Onsite registration limited to availability)

Symposium Planning Committee

The purpose of the Symposium Planning Committee is to develop the scope and goals of the 13th Biennial Ovarian Cancer Research Symposium scheduled for September 26-28th, 2020 in Seattle. The members’ collective expertise will inform the selection of invited speakers, the review of submitted abstracts, and the identification of target audience. The Symposium seeks to enhance the understanding and knowledge of ovarian cancer, especially among junior and young investigators, discuss the most recent innovations in the field of ovarian cancer research, and address the pressing concerns among the leaders of the clinical and research community.

Planning Committee Members:

Douglas Levine, MD


Barbara Norquist, MD

Ursula Matulonis, MD

Kunle Odunsi, MD/PhD

Kiran Dhillon, PhD
Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer


Jackie Lang, PhD
Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer


Amy Baran, PhD
American Association for Cancer Research


Call for Abstracts

The Planning Committee is now soliciting research and clinical abstracts. Abstracts should include the purpose of your study, a brief explanation of the data, and your conclusions (limit 500 words). The abstract submission deadline is July 13, 2020.

Submission Instructions

  • Abstracts are to be submitted by the primary author who will be presenting the work.
  • You will first need to create a profile by clicking ‘Click Here to Create a Profile’. Agree to the Term and Conditions and fill out the required information.
  • Once you have created a profile, you will be taken to the Abstract Submission page.
  • Once abstract has been submitted, you will receive a pop-up notification indicating that your abstract has been saved and submitted.
  • You will be able to access and edit your abstract and profile until the submission deadline on July 13th, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Abstracts may be submitted for the following sessions:

Rare Tumors
Model Systems
Prevention and Early Detection
DNA Repair and Mechanisms
Novel Therapeutics
Poster Session


The focus of the study may pertain to any of the following areas relevant to ovarian cancer research:

Animal Models
Basic Science
Cell Biology
Clinical Research
DNA Damage Response
DNA Repair
Early Detection

Novel Therapy
Preclinical Studies
Public Health
Stem Cells
Tumor Microenvironment


Registration will open on May 1, 2020.

Registration Rates

Registration includes entry into scientific sessions from September 26th – 28th and light breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, and reception. Early Bird registration ends on August 10th, 2020. Regular registration fees apply after August 10th, 2020.

Early Bird Fees Until August 10thRegular Fees After August 10th
Allied Health$200$245
Postdoctoral or Clinical Fellow$200$245
Research Technician$200$245
Pre-doctoral student (Graduate/Medical/Nursing)$100$135
Ovarian Cancer Patient or Survivor$0$0


The 13th Biennial Ovarian Cancer Research Symposium will be held in the heart of beautiful downtown Seattle at: 

808 Howell Street
Seattle, WA 98101

$239 (Single or double occupancy)
$264 (Triple occupancy)
$289 (Quadruple occupancy)
Discounted rate expires on 8/28/2020, or when block sells out.

Reserve online:
Reserve by phone: Call the hotel at 1-(206)-973-1234 and mention Rivkin Center or the Ovarian Cancer Research Symposium to receive discounted rate.


All major airlines provide service into the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), located approximately 25 minutes from the Hyatt Regency in downtown Seattle.


Transportation between Seattle and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Link Light Rail
The easiest and most economical way to get from the airport to Seattle is on the Link Light Rail. From baggage claim, follow signs to the Link Light Rail. Ticket machines will be on your way to the platform and they accept cash, Visa, or MasterCard. The fare to get from SeaTac Airport to any of the downtown stations is $3. Chose the train heading toward Seattle & University of Washington.
* Note that trains do not run between 1am and 5am on weeknights. See here for hours.

Ride Shares & Taxis
To use a ride share app (Uber, Lyft, or Wingz) to get from SeaTac airport to Seattle, schedule the ride as usual in the app and follow signs to the App Based Ride Share Pick-up Area at the airport. To catch a metered taxi (206-242-6200) or flat rate taxi (206-242-8800), follow signs to Ground Transportation. Taxi fare is approximately $60 from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to the Symposium venue.

Transportation within Seattle

Ride Shares & Taxis
Uber and Lyft are very popular in Seattle. Alternatively, traditional taxi services are available: Yellow Cab (206-622-6500), Orange Cab (206-522-8800).

Fare is $2.75 and exact change is required upon boarding. Ask your driver for a transfer ticket which will allow you to use King County Metro bus lines as needed for the next two hours. The “OneBusAway” app provides real time arrival information for buses, the Link Light Rail, and the Streetcar. Each bus should also have arrival times for each route.


September in Seattle is generally pleasant with mild temperatures averaging a perfect 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit or 18-21 degrees Celsius. Nestled in the Puget Sound, Seattle offers a wide variety of activities for everyone. Enjoy world-renowned museums, historic Pike Place Market, Western Washington wineries, or explore the outdoors by hiking, biking, boating, or any number of adventuresome ways. Tourism information can be found at

Continuing Medical Education (CME)


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer. The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education (CME) activities for physicians.


AACR has designated this live activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Credit certification for individual sessions may vary, dependent upon compliance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria. The final number of credits may vary from the maximum number indicated above.


Approximately 22,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year. The overall 5-year survival rate is only 46% for ovarian cancer, and the rate is markedly lower for advanced stage cancers. Sadly, the survival rates have only improved slightly over 40 years. While ovarian cancer is the most deadly gynecologic cancer, it is underrepresented in both research funding and research participants. Additionally, complicating the difficulty in diagnosing the disease beyond its physical complexities is that ovarian cancer is a rare disease and many providers will have limited access to information on the signs, symptoms, and latest techniques to diagnose the disease.

In this course, we are addressing major needs in ovarian cancer care and research by educating health care providers and researchers in the latest research on improving treatment, early detection, and prevention, as well as promoting a better understanding of the many diseases under the umbrella of ovarian cancer.

The Planning Committee has designed this event to benefit the following audiences: basic scientists, epidemiologists, clinical scientists, and clinicians as well as geneticists, public health researchers, nurses, and advocates for ovarian cancer research. This conference encourages the collaboration between professionals with a wide variety of expertise including: gynecologic oncology, medical oncology, pathology, genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, public health, behavioral epidemiology, translational research, patient care, and patient advocacy.

After participating in this CME activity, physicians should be able to:

  • Define cancer control strategies to detect ovarian cancer at the earliest stages and to prevent the disease
  • Identify model systems that best recapitulate ovarian cancer
  • Distinguish the clinical and biological considerations of rare subtypes of ovarian cancer
  • Articulate how DNA Repair and other molecular mechanisms impact ovarian cancer development and treatment
  • Explain the elements of tumor microenvironment and immunology as they contribute to ovarian cancer growth and as possible targets for treatment
  • Identify novel therapies against ovarian cancer and assess the response and resistance of new therapies


It is the policy of the AACR that the information presented at AACR CME activities will be unbiased and based on scientific evidence. To help participants make judgments about the presence of bias, AACR will provide information that Scientific Program Committee members and speakers have disclosed about financial relationships they have with commercial entities that produce or market products or services related to the content of this CME activity. This disclosure information will be made available in the Program/Proceedings of this conference.


This activity is supported by Professional Educational Grants which will be disclosed at the activity.


Please contact the Office of CME at (215) 440-9300 or


The Rivkin Center gratefully acknowledges our sponsors for this year’s 13th Biennial Ovarian Cancer Research Symposium. Without their vital underwriting and dedication, this event would not be possible. Thank you!

For more information about sponsoring this year’s event, please review the SPONSORSHIP PACKET or contact Julie Anderson, Development Manager, at (206) 215-6044 or

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The 13th Biennial Ovarian Cancer Research Symposium is a CME Activity jointly provided by the American Association for Cancer Research and the Rivkin Center