Metastatic Breast Cancer Dinner Series

The Metastatic Breast Cancer Dinner Series provides a forum for people living with metastatic breast cancer to discuss the latest in research, treatment, and symptom management with local health experts, in a small group setting.  Dinner is free, and registration is available to people living with stage IV/ metastatic breast cancer and, if space is available, their caregiver.  Pre-registration is mandatory.

If you are unable to attend Dinner Series events in person, we will live-stream the presentation on our Facebook page (@KomenOregon). Individuals watching via the Facebook live video will be able to ask questions in the comments section, and they will be answered at the end of the speaker’s presentation. 

Upcoming MBC Dinner Series Dates:   

  • February 20, 2019
  • May 14, 2019
  • November 12, 2019



6:15 PM – Check-in & Networking
6:45 PM – Dinner Served
7:00-8:30 PM – Presentation, followed by Q&A

February 20, 2019 Dinner (rescheduled from 2/5/19 due to inclement weather)

Speaker: Kyle Ambert, PhD, Intel
Title: Artificial Intelligence in Cancer Research and Treatment
Location: Carina Lounge (410 NW 21st Ave * Portland, OR 97209)
Sponsored by: Eli Lilly

About the Speaker:
Kyle Ambert is Senior Data scientist at Intel’s Artificial Intelligence Products Group, where he uses machine learning and deep learning methods to solve real-world analytical problems in the life sciences. He has a B.A. in Biological Psychology from Wheaton College, and a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from Oregon Health & Science University, where his research focused on scalable machine learning-based methods for unstructured data curation and the application of artificial intelligence in the Neurosciences. At Intel, his team creates deep learning solution prototypes and researches optimization strategies for deep learning networks for text analytics, natural language processing, and image recognition.


Registration is now closed for the February dinner.  To be added to the contact list for these events, contact  If you are unable to attend, please watch the presentation live, starting around 7pm, on the @KomenOregon Facebook page.

Travel Assistance:

Thanks to a grant from Pfizer, need-based financial assistance is available to individuals living with metastatic breast cancer, to cover the cost of transportation and/or lodging  to attend Komen Oregon & SW Washington metastatic breast cancer education events.  Assistance will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  If a large number of individuals request travel assistance, priority will be given to those who have not received prior assistance through a travel grant, and individuals travelling the furthest distance.  Download the application for additional details.

Past Dinner Series Topics and Speakers
Videos from past dinner series events can be found on our Facebook page.

November 13, 2018
“Advances in Personalized Care for Patients Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer”
Speaker: Abdul-Hai Mansoor, MD, Kaiser Permanente NW

Sponsored by: Celgene and Ringside Steak House

May 15, 2018
“A Personalized Approach to Understanding and Treating Metastatic Breast Cancer”
Speaker: Joe Gray, PhD, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

Sponsored by: OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

February 6, 2018
“A Day in the Life: Navigating the Tricky Waters of Life with Metastatic Breast Cancer”
Speaker: Vanessa Sanne, FNP-C, Compass Oncology

November 14, 2017
“Immunotherapy as Treatment for Advanced Breast Cancer”
Speaker: David B. Page, MD, Providence Cancer Institute

Sponsored by: Providence Cancer Institute

June 8, 2017
“Clinical Trials- concepts, types of trials and qualification criteria”
Speaker: Michael A. Savin, MD, Oregon Health and Science University



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