Everything You Always Wanted to Know about HPV, but Were Afraid to Ask

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Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that causes cancer in humans, including cervical cancer—the second leading cause of cancer death in women worldwide; and head & neck cancer—the fastest rising cancer in the USA with a high frequency in men. The biology of HPV, its presence in humans, and routes of transmission will be discussed as well as the treatment of HPV-induced diseases and prevention options. An excellent and safe prevention option is an HPV vaccine, but there is resistance to using this vaccine in the USA. This resistance disproportionately affects minority groups, like Native Americans, who have especially high cervical cancer rates and who have barriers to Pap-smear screening programs for early detection. This talk will be of interest to scientists, health professionals, students, policy makers, community leaders, and the public.

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W. Martin Kast, PhD, is Professor of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology and Obstetrics & Gynecology at USC’s Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles, CA. His research involves the development of cancer and virus immunotherapies that are tested in clinical trials. He holds 18 patents and has published 268 articles that have been cited almost 20,000 times, leading to an exceptionally high publication h-index of 73. His recently awarded research prizes are: Eminent Scientist of the year (2010), Landsteiner Prize (2012), Mellon Award (2014), STOP Cancer Prize (2015), BeHeard Prize (2015), and Affymetrix Prize (2016). A documentary (Treeman meets Treeman), featuring his research on extreme warts, is broadcasted worldwide by Discovery Channel.