Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia Hosts Komen Scholar Researching Breast Cancer Vaccine

Dr. Keith Knutson
Dr. Keith Knutson

The Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia Affiliate is hosting Komen Scholar Dr. Keith Knutson on Tuesday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the GSU/Armstrong Campus. Dr. Knutson, a Professor of Immunology at the Mayo Clinic, is currently researching a possible breast cancer vaccine and will discuss his work with the public.

‘We are excited to have such a well-respected scientist come to speak to our community,’ said Aileen Gabbey, Executive Director for Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia. ‘Research is critical in our fight against breast cancer.’

The evening is free and open to the public. Dr. Knutson will be available to meet the community, answer questions, and detail his current research as part of the Komen Scholar team.

‘This is a great opportunity to hear more about the cutting-edge research Komen is doing,’ said Julie Schwartz, Community Engagement Manager. ‘Dr. Knutson is looking forward to sharing his work and meeting those who are interested in these new developments.’

Dr. Keith Knutson currently serves at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida as Director of the Clinic’s Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Program. His work includes research on cancer prevention and recurrence, cell biology, signal transduction, breast cancer tumor-initiating cells, breast cancer subtypes, and immunotherapies.

In addition to Dr. Knutson’s research, Susan G. Komen also funds other scholars whose work has contributed to the fight against breast cancer. Komen-funded researcher Dr. Mary Claire-King announced the discovery of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 tumor suppressor genes which can help identify genetic risk factors. Komen Scholar V. Craig Jordan discovered the breast cancer prevention properties of Tamoxifen, now widely used to help prevent breast cancer recurrence.

‘Our approach is to fund screenings as well as breakthrough research,’ said Gabbey. ‘We are blessed to have such amazing scientists focused on prevention and treatments that will literally save lives.’

Dr. Knutson’s presentation will be at the GSU/Armstrong Health Professions Academic Center at 11935 Abercorn Street in Room 160 on Tuesday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, please contact 912- 232-2535 or

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