Di Eugenio named University Scholar

University of Illinois Cancer Center member Barbara Di Eugenio, professor of computer science, was recently named a University Scholar, which honors faculty members for superior research and teaching, along with great promise for future achievements. Di Eugenio’s main area of research is Natural Language Processing (NLP), and its application to human-computer interaction, educational technology, human-robot interaction, and multimedia systems. Her goal is to use NLP to support both education and instruction, and collaboration…

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UI Cancer Center awarded Bristol-Myers Squibb grant

A $1.5 million grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation will support the University of Illinois Cancer Center’s efforts to reduce cancer disparities in Chicago. The three-year funding award will be used to develop population-specific cancer prevention and screening programs at community hospitals or health centers in three Chicago neighborhoods – Austin, Humboldt Park and South Shore. The programs will rely on community navigators to reach more than 600 people living in these high-need…

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Newly activated UI Cancer Center clinical trials

The following studies have recently been activated for patient enrollment by the University of Illinois Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office (CTO). Please click on the link to learn about the details regarding the study on ClinicalTrials.gov. For more information or questions about a study, please email cancertrials@uic.edu or call 312-355-5112. A041702: A randomized Phase III Study of Ibrutinib Plus Ibrutinib Versus Ibrutinib Plus Venetoclax and Obinutuzumab in Treating Older Patients (70 years of…

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Big 10 members discuss cancer research in Washington

John Stewart IV, MD, MBA, associate director for clinical research at the UI Cancer Center (far left), joined other Big 10 Cancer Research Consortium members during a visit to Capitol Hill to discuss health care issues with lawmakers. “Advocacy is extremely important as we look to grow our Cancer Center,” Stewart said. “Forming alliances with congressional members and their staff will help us navigate our path to NCI designation. We must leverage our…

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UI Cancer Center, Mile Square leaders visit Capitol Hill

Mile Square Health Center Executive Director Henry Taylor (sixth from right) presented U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, D-IL (fourth from right), with an award from the National Association of Community Health Centers during the recent NACHC Advocacy Day in Washington. Leaders from the University of Illinois Cancer Center and Mile Square visited Capitol Hill to discuss issues ranging from community health center funding to cancer screenings, and extended prescription coverage, with federal lawmakers. “Mile…

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Patient Brigade learns of Kitajewski’s cancer works

“It’s your Cancer Center, we work for you.” That was the message Jan Kitajewski, PhD, associate director of Basic Science at the UI Cancer Center, Sweeney Professor of Basic Science and head of the department of physiology and biophysics, shared with the Patient Brigade at its first quarterly meeting of 2019. Kitajewski presented the group with highlights of his innovative breast cancer research. One of the main areas of his studies focuses on…

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New UI Cancer Center lung cancer screening, smoking cessation programs finding success

A new multi-level program to help African Americans quit smoking and undergo lung cancer screening initiated by the University of Illinois Cancer Center is proving to be successful. African Americans have a greater chance of contracting lung cancer and dying from the disease than any other racial/ethnic group. It remains the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, with a projected estimate of 234,030 new cases and 154,050 deaths in 2018,…

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UI Cancer Center helping smokers kick their habit

Asthma often causes Danielle Prude’s breathing to be labored, and having her lungs filled with the smoke wafting from her husband’s cigarettes only made her lungs worse. Never a smoker herself, Prude gladly attended the Freedom From Smoking program sponsored by the University of Illinois Cancer Center to support her husband and his goal of kicking his cigarette habit. It worked. “I was in the military, healthy, was at my ideal weight and…

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UI Cancer Center well represented at CUGH

The University of Illinois Cancer Center co-sponsored the pre-conference satellite session at the 7th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research held at the Hilton Chicago Hotel. The session was part of the 10th Annual CUGH (Consortium of Universities for Global Health) conference. Robert Winn, MD, UI Cancer Center director and associate vice chancellor for community-based practice, served as moderator for a panel titled “Using Technology to Improve Quality of Cancer Care in Low…

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Illinois 21 passes House, Senate up next

The Illinois House last week approved legislation that will raise the minimum age for tobacco sales in Illinois from 18-years-old to 21, and fines those for caught violating the law. It now moves to the Senate for further consideration.“Science shows that if we can stop kids from trying that first cigarette while they’re a teenager, then there is an overwhelming likelihood they’ll never start smoking,” said Maggie Osborne, Illinois grassroots manager for the…

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