Yolanda Sanchez, PhD, has been named to head the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Sanchez is currently associate director of basic sciences at Dartmouth Cancer Center. She will start in her new role on February 6, 2023, becoming the first Hispanic woman to lead a National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Ruben A. Mesa, MD, FACP, has been named president and executive director of Atrium Health's cancer service line—which includes both Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute and Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center—and vice dean for cancer programs at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. A member of AACI's Board of Directors, Dr. Mesa currently serves as executive director of Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson and professor of medicine at UT Health Science Center San Antonio.
AACI is pleased to add Ellis Fischel Cancer Center to its membership roster. Directed by Gerhard Hildebrandt, MD, FACS, Ellis Fischel’s strategic imperative is to use research and innovation to create accessible, value-based, cancer care and prevention. With more than 200 cancer-focused researchers across four Missouri campuses, the center has launched an innovative plan to create a consortium partnership with another AACI member, Siteman Cancer Center.
The AACI CRI Steering Committee is currently soliciting abstracts for the 15th Annual AACI CRI Meeting. This year’s meeting theme will focus on taking innovations in cancer clinical research from abstract to reality. The purpose of the abstracts is to inform meeting attendees about clinical trials office challenges and solutions implemented at AACI cancer centers.
Top congressional appropriators came to an agreement on a $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. The budget was passed and signed by President Biden ahead of the December 23 deadline. The agreement framework from the House and Senate Appropriations Committees on the omnibus includes funding numbers that fall short of AACI’s requests. However, the final budget numbers still represent significant increases for both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI).
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Roy Jensen, MD, vice chancellor and director of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, has been named to the national board of directors for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).
Kate Hitchcock, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology in the University of Florida College of Medicine, has been appointed vice chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee of NRG Oncology, a nonprofit research organization.
Fox Chase Cancer Center physicians Hossein Borghaei, DO, MS, and Elizabeth Plimack, MD, MS, have been named to the 2022 list of Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate, an information and analytics firm focused on research.
Nina Bhardwaj, MD, PhD, was honored with the 2022 ESMO Award for Immuno-Oncology from the European Society for Medical Oncology in recognition of her outstanding contributions to cancer immunology research. Dr. Bhardwaj delivered her award lecture on December 7 during the ESMO Immuno-Oncology Congress 2022.
Christopher Flowers, MD, division head ad interim of cancer medicine and chair of Lymphoma and Myeloma at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has received a 2022 ASH Mentor Award from the American Society of Hematology in acknowledgment of his career-long commitment to mentoring.
Charles Gersbach, PhD, associate professor of surgery, orthopedic surgery, and cell biology, and Duke Cancer Institute member, has been elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors Class of 2022.
The UF Health Cancer Center has received a three-year reaccreditation from the Commission on Cancer, or CoC, a quality program of the American College of Surgeons, in recognition of its commitment to providing high-quality, patient-centered cancer care.
Norman Wolmark, MD, received the 2022 Susan G. Komen Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction at the recent San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS). Dr. Wolmark, chair of the NSABP Foundation and chair and principal investigator of NRG Oncology, delivered his address, "The Contribution of NSABP Clinical Trials to the Management of Early Breast Cancer: PAST AS PROLOGUE," on December 9 at SABCS.
The GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer has recognized Christine Lovly, MD, PhD, with the 2022 Asclepios Award. The foundation recognized Dr. Lovly for her work on understanding and developing improved therapeutic strategies for specific clinically relevant molecular subsets of lung cancer, with a focus on mechanisms of sensitivity and resistance to agents used in clinical practice.
Researchers from across the University of Kansas Medical Center have contributed significantly to the field of obesity research over the years. Now, the Kansas Center for Metabolism and Obesity Research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, will be dedicated to that work.
A University of Arizona project, with funding from the state's New Economy Initiative, creates humanlike cancer models and growth environments to help improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Joann Sweasy, PhD, is director of the University of Arizona Cancer Center and a member of AACI's Board of Directors.
With a focus on expediting the development of early-phase clinical trials and enhancing chemoimmunotherapy responses in bladder cancer, genitourinary cancer translational scientist Keith Syson Chan, PhD, is joining Houston Methodist thanks to a $6 million established investigator recruitment grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).
Swayam Prabha, MBA, PhD, a member of the Cancer Signaling and Microenvironment research program at Fox Chase Cancer Center, was recently awarded a $792,000 American Cancer Society research scholar grant to investigate new methods for treating lung cancer.
Robert W. Sobol, PhD, has been appointed associate director for basic research and co-leader of the Cancer Biology Program at the Legorreta Cancer Center at Brown University. He leads efforts toward continued growth of the basic science program and will serve as the co-leader of the Cancer Biology Program.
Alessandro Fatatis, MD, PhD, has been named associate director for basic research at Jefferson Health’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC). Dr. Fatatis previously served as co-leader for SKCC’s Translational and Cellular Oncology Research Program.
West Virginia University Medicine is proud to announce the appointment of Ali Hajiran, MD, as the new chief of Urologic Oncology. He specializes in treating complex cases of kidney, bladder, prostate, and testicular cancers using minimally-invasive robotic and traditional surgical techniques.
David Y. Lee, MD, PhD, has been named director of radiation oncology at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. He joined UNM in September 2012 and assumed his new role on December 1, 2022.
Sendurai A. Mani, PhD, has been appointed associate director for translational oncology at the Legorreta Cancer Center at Brown University and professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, effective December 1, 2022.
Cynthia Owusu, MD, is the new associate director for diversity, equity, and inclusion for the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is the principal investigator on a $2.8 million research grant awarded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Disparities.
A family history of cancer and genetic variants that might be inherited appear to be important risk factors for Black men diagnosed with early-onset prostate cancer, a study involving Duke Health researchers has found. Kathleen Cooney, MD, chair of the Duke Department of Medicine, is senior author of the study.
As cancers grow and potentially spread to new parts of the body, they often shed cells and DNA into the blood stream. DNA can be analyzed for both the amount of DNA present and whether any potential mutations exist that may aid providers in deciding on treatments.
A new preclinical study, led by researchers currently at Emory University and UT Southwestern who began the work while they were at Duke University, suggests that cooling brain tumors to room temperature may extend survival of patients with glioblastoma multiforme.
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have implemented a radically different approach to post-surgery pain management that is focused on maximizing non-opioid techniques first, using opioids only as a back-up option.
A Phase III clinical trial of the DCVax®-L cancer vaccine, conducted at the Wilmot Cancer Institute and other centers internationally, has shown that the vaccine extended survival in patients with newly diagnosed and recurrent glioblastoma brain cancer.
One of every 10 patients with appendiceal cancer carries a germline genetic variant associated with cancer predisposition, according to a new study that is the first to show inherited risk factors for this rare cancer. The findings suggest all patients with appendix cancer should consider genetic evaluation as well as cascade testing and genetic counseling of at-risk family members.
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have revealed how the gene HOXA5 may work to suppress formation of breast cancers. A new study indicates that it binds to another protein in an inflammatory cell pathway, boosting that protein’s cancer-suppressing properties.
Scientists at UC San Francisco (UCSF) have engineered T cells to produce a potent anti-cancer cytokine, but only when they encounter tumor cells. The immunotherapy eliminated melanoma and pancreatic cancer in mice without major side effects, and it offers a promising new strategy for fighting these and other hard-to-treat cancers.
In a new study, scientists from the Center for Tobacco Research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and Rutgers University studied 98 menthol cigarette smokers to examine the addiction potential of combustible menthol alternatives compared with traditional menthol cigarettes.
In a new study, the majority of individuals treated as children for Hodgkin lymphoma who are now in their 30s, showed signs of being an average of 7.7 years older biologically than their peers, placing them at risk for cognitive problems.
A new therapy that makes the immune system kill bone marrow cancer cells was successful in as many as 73 percent of patients in two clinical trials, according to researchers from The Tisch Cancer Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Researchers at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center and School of Dentistry found that certain drugs can change the fundamental makeup of cancer stem cells in mouse models of mucoepidermoid carcinoma.
While it has long been recognized that drugs that block the cancer-promoting activity of estrogen reduce the risk of developing new breast cancers, a new computer modeling study led by researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and colleagues showed that these treatments could also reduce the risk of dying from the disease in women who are at high risk.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine say they have created a laboratory-grown three-dimensional "organoid" model that is derived from human tissue and designed to advance understanding about how early stages of cancer develop at the gastroesophageal junction.
Over the past 30 years there has been a considerable effort to improve early-phase oncology trials. One such effort is the Experimental Therapeutics Clinical Trials Network, a partnership program sponsored by the National Cancer Institute–Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program to evaluate early-phase trials in high-priority areas of unmet need through collaboration with a dozen Lead Academic Organizations.
Researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have presented findings from three clinical trials that highlight results to advance the use of targeted therapies and novel combinations in multiple types of leukemia, including high-risk and newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia in older and younger patients and Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
A large global clinical trial has found that non-Hispanic Black women with Hormone Receptor positive/HER2-negative breast cancer, with 1-3 involved lymph nodes and recurrence scores below 25, have worse outcomes than non-Hispanic white women with similar diagnosis.
In a new study, researchers from UC San Francisco and Vanderbilt University Medical Center have identified specific immune cells that drive deadly heart inflammation in a small fraction of patients treated with powerful cancer immunotherapy drugs. They also identified the heart muscle cells that are targeted by the destructive immune cells.
The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approved the initiation of the construction of the new UK HealthCare cancer and advanced ambulatory complex. It also approved an expansion of the original design for the facility. The revised financial scope of this project is $500 million.
Two years ago, when C. Ola Landgren, MD, PhD, joined Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center to lead the myeloma program, he told Director Stephen D. Nimer, MD, that his goal was to establish a "top three" U.S. myeloma program within five years.
NYU Langone Health has completed its first set of surgeries using the only U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved implantable prosthetic for people with limb loss available in the greater New York City area.
Registration is open for the 15th Annual AACI CRI Meeting, June 26-28, 2023, at Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel in Rosemont, IL.
For those who are unable to attend the CRI meeting in person, a virtual option is available. To register as a virtual attendee, select the "Member - Virtual Only" registration type. This will give you access to all sessions held in the main ballroom and a virtual breakout session. Virtual registration rates will remain the same. Login information will be provided closer to the meeting.
Registration is now open for the 2023 AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting, October 1-3, 2023, at the Salamander Washington DC.
For those who are unable to attend the annual meeting in person, a virtual option is available. To register as a virtual attendee, select the "Member - Virtual Only" registration type. This will give you access to all sessions held in the main ballroom and a virtual breakout session. Virtual registration rates will remain the same. Login information will be provided closer to the meeting.
Save the date for the 2024 AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting, October 20-22, 2024, at Loews Chicago Hotel in Chicago, IL.