Dr. Matthias Löhr is Professor of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the famed Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and leads the Pancreatic Team at Karolinska University Hospital. He has served as Professor of Molecular Gastroenterology at the University of Heidelberg with a same-named Unit at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany. He has worked as a translational scientist and Principal Investigator in clinical studies in gastrointestinal oncology for many years. In addition to being highly published, he has extensive scientific and grant review experience, and he has received multiple awards and distinctions.
Dr. Löhr is a licensed physician and board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He has a subspeciality in GI Oncology. He is also a Fellow of the European Board of Gastroenterology (FEBG) and a Fellow of the American Gastroenterology Association (AGAF).
Dr. Löhr served as the Principal Investigator for the Phase 1/2 and Phase 2 clinical trials of PharmaCyte’s pancreatic cancer treatment that were completed in the early 2000s. Not only is he familiar with the Cell-in-a-Box® live-cell encapsulation technology that forms the core of PharmaCyte’s pancreatic cancer treatment, but he has also administered PharmaCyte’s treatment (the combination of Cell-in-a-Box® capsules with low doses of the anticancer drug ifosfamide) in clinical trials in patients with advanced, inoperable pancreatic cancer.
Dr. Löhr has also served as a consultant to PharmaCyte in connection with its development of treatments for pancreatic cancer and diabetes using the Cell-in-a-Box® technology. He has expertise in the treatment of both diseases, in addition to thoroughly understanding PharmaCyte’s technology and its use in a clinical setting.
In 2000, Dr. Löhr was appointed Professor of Molecular Gastroenterology at the University of Heidelberg and became Head of the same-named Division at the German Cancer Research Center, which he led until 2010. In 2007, he was appointed full professor of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Karolinska Institute. In 2017, he received the Golden Link Award from the United European Gastroenterology (UEG) to conduct the first evidence-based European guidelines for chronic pancreatitis and was in charge of the UEG guidelines for IgG4-related diseases.
Dr. Löhr has authored more than 340 original peer-reviewed scientific papers and more than 50 reviews. He has published in all major journals, including Nature, The Lancet, Gastroenterology, and GUT. In addition, he has delivered more than 300 invited lectures at international congresses. He is the author of six books and 40 book chapters. Dr. Löhr has been granted six patents (in Germany and internationally). He is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Clinical Medicine, Pancreatology, Scientific Reports, and the World Journal of Gastroenterology.
Dr. Löhr holds a BA in Anthropology & Theology from the University of Kiel in Kiel, Germany, and MD and PhD degrees from the Universities of Hamburg and Rostock. Following receipt of his medical degree, he served a residency in pathology in Hamburg, Germany, and residencies in internal medicine and gastroenterology in Erlangen and Rostock, Germany, where he became chief resident and later attending physician and assistant professor at the University of Rostock. Dr. Löhr has also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Scripps Clinic & Research Foundation in La Jolla, California.
Dr. Manuel Hidalgo - Chief of the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Weill Cornell Medicine/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Dr. Manuel Hidalgo, a leading physician-scientist who specializes in pancreatic cancer and drug development. He serves as the chief of the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology in the Weill Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
The Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology provides exemplary, comprehensive cancer care, diagnosing and treating patients with cancer and non-malignant blood disorders, and engaging in cutting-edge research. In his role, Dr. Hidalgo is expanding and enhancing Weill Cornell Medicine’s and NewYork-Presbyterian’s cancer programs by recruiting outstanding new oncologists and hematologists. Working closely with the Meyer Cancer Center and other multidisciplinary institutes and academic departments, Dr. Hidalgo is enhancing research and clinical collaborations across the academic medical center. He is also broadening access to cancer care and clinical trials for underserved populations by leveraging Weill Cornell Medicine’s and NewYork-Presbyterian’s clinical expansions.
Before accepting the job at the Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Dr. Hidalgo was at the prestigious Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) where he oversaw all BIDMC’s clinical cancer programs. Dr. Hidalgo’s groundbreaking work in experimental cancer therapy and tumor model development led to key advances in the treatment of pancreatic cancer.
A respected oncologist and premier investigator, Dr. Hidalgo’s work has centered on translational and clinical research in anticancer drug development with a particular emphasis in gastrointestinal cancers. He has developed, tested and helmed the early clinical development of more than 50 new anticancer agents for pancreatic and other solid tumor cancers. Three of those agents, including nab-paclitaxel, are now approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treatment of GI cancers, including pancreatic cancer. His team also pioneered the development of a personalized cancer model using mice, called mouse avatars, to pre-test cancer treatments.
Dr. Hidalgo formerly served as the Director of the Clinical Research Program and Vice Director of Translational Research at the Spanish National Cancer Center. From 2011 to 2009, Dr. Hidalgo was Co-Director of both the program for Drug Development and Gastrointestinal Oncology at John Hopkins university in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Hidalgo received his M.D. degree from the University of Navarra in Pamplona and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Autonoma in Madrid, Spain. Dr. Hidalgo completed his training in drug development at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas, where he worked closely with Dr. Daniel D. Von Hoff as an Assistant Professor of Medicine.
Dr. Hidalgo currently holds faculty positions at University CEU San Pablo and Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Hidalgo has been an invited participate or speaker at almost 200 meetings or symposia and co-authored more than 175 scientific articles, 47 review articles, 9 editorials, commentaries and letters to the editors of scientific publications and 8 book chapters. He is currently a reviewer or editor for several major scientific publications and has been or is a member of several international cancer-related organizations. Dr. Hidalgo has received funding from major scientific organizations that include the National Institute of Health, the National Cancer Institute, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the American Association for Cancer Research (AARC). Dr. Hidalgo was the recipient of a Clinical Research Fellowship from the AACR and a Career Development Award from ASCO for his work on epidermal growth inhibitors such as Tarceva®.
Dr Hidalgo’s primary focus now is on the development of novel therapies for pancreatic cancer. In that regard, Dr. Hidalgo serves as consultant to PharmaCyte.