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Cancer, Complexity and the Microenvironment:
A Scientific Symposium and Celebration in Honor of Mina Bissell

Mina J. Bissell photo collage

Cancer, Complexity and the Microenvironment:

A Scientific Symposium and Celebration in Honor of Mina Bissell
Saturday, May 8, 2010, Berkeley, CA

This very special event will honor Mina Bissell, Ph.D., Distinguished Scientist, our great mentor, colleague and friend, and her seminal contributions to the field of tumor biology,
her distinguished service and her 70th birthday.

For more than a quarter century Mina Bissell’s research has generated new ideas and compelling experimental evidence that cancer is more than a disease of the cell, it is a disease of the organ. Mina pioneered studies which have served to define the critical role of the microenvironment in tumor biology. Her innovative work has changed the paradigm by which scientists approach the study of tumor biology.  She has inspired an entire generation of scientists who continue to demonstrate the fundamental role of the microenvironment in normal function and tumor progression.

(Information up-to-date as of May 6.)

Scientific Symposium (registration required)

The symposium, entitled “Cancer, Complexity and the Microenvironment: A Scientific Symposium and Celebration in Honor of Mina J. Bissell,” will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2010, 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Building 50 Auditorium in Berkeley, CA. It will include presentations from internationally renowned scientists and Mina’s trainees whose current work attests to the rich scientific legacy that she has promoted. The program is available here. Box lunches and light refreshments will be provided. Registration closes after filling.


A reception will be held from 4:45 - 5:30 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium lobby, following the symposium.


Registration will open at 8 a.m. in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium lobby.

Access to LBNL

LBNL site-access has been arranged for symposium registrants. Please be prepared to show your driver’s license (or other official photo ID) when you come through the LBNL Blackberry Gate (main) entrance. Please note that the Strawberry Gate entrance will be closed. When entering by car, you will receive a parking permit at the gate. Please allow time for this procedure.

LBNL Directions / Map / Parking

Location: One Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA 94720.

General and Google directions on how to get to LBNL can be found here. Depending on the time of day, the average cost of a taxi from SFO airport is $75 one way.

A map of LBNL can be found here. Building 50 Auditorium, which is in close proximity of the main entrance, can be found in C2 of the map.

Parking at LBNL is limited. Therefore, carpooling or using the special LBNL shuttle service is encouraged (see information below).  The LBNL map above indicates the various parking areas at the lab.  There may not be parking available in close proximity. Please be prepared to walk a few minutes to the Auditorium over hilly terrain. This walk may also include stairs.

Shuttle Service Downtown Berkeley

There is no public transportation or regular LBNL shuttle service to LBNL on May 8. Therefore, the following special LBNL Shuttle service to LBNL has been arranged on May 8 for registered symposium attendees.

To access the shuttle, please be prepared to show your driver’s license (or other official photo ID). Other acceptable IDs are: LBNL badge, UC Berkeley student and faculty ID badge, DOE badge, or UCOP badge. The shuttles are marked in front with “special service.”

Shuttle Schedule

Downtown Berkeley* to LBNL:
8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (every 30 min.)

LBNL to Downtown Berkeley:
3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. (every 30 min.)
*The bus stop is on Shattuck Avenue, between Addison and Center (in front of the Sandwich Zone). 

Gala Dinner and Entertainment (registration required)

The Gala Dinner will include a special tribute to Mina and will be followed by entertainment (with no-host bar), to include music and dancing. The dinner will be held in the Empire Room at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley at 7:00 p.m. sharp, following the symposium and reception. The Room opens up at 6:00 p.m. for pre-dinner drinks (no-host bar). There is a fee of $100 per person for dinner guests. Registration closed May 3 but you may contact us to inquire if seating is still available. Dress code: business casual.

Claremont Hotel Directions / Parking Claremont Hotel

Directions to the Claremont Hotel, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA 94705, can be found here.

Please note the parking fees at the Claremont Hotel:  first half hour free, then per hour $4, additional hours $2 p/h and after 5 hrs $3 per additional hours; and overnight parking $24.

Accommodations /Shuttle Service at the Claremont Hotel

A block of rooms was held at the Claremont Hotel, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, until March 21, 2010; There are no guarantees for availability and the special rate will not be available after this date. Please phone the hotel directly at 1-800 551-7266 to inquire about reserving a room. The following free LBNL shuttle service has been arranged for Claremont Hotel guests (please bring driver's license or other photo ID). The shuttles are marked in front with “special service.”

Shuttle Schedule

Claremont Hotel valet area to LBNL:
8:15 a.m. & 9 a.m. (late arrival)

LBNL to Claremont Hotel:
5:00 p.m. & 5:45 p.m.


Current weather forecast in Berkeley: sunshine, highs in the low 60s and lows in the low 50s.

Acknowledgement Support

The Organizing Committee wishes to thank:

Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Department of Energy, Office of Science

Life Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA

Physical Sciences Oncology Center, University of California, Berkeley, CA

Genentech, Inc., South San Francisco, CA

Integrative Biology, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England

Xoma, Berkeley, CA

Directorate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA