UI Cancer Center awards new research grants

And the winners are… The University of Illinois Cancer Center has selected two teams of scientists to receive $50,000 research grants as part of its pilot grants program, whose purpose is to stimulate new interprogrammatic research initiatives that will lead to competitive grant applications submitted to external peer reviewed funding organizations. The grant recipients are: Alexandra Naba, PhD, Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, College of Medicine Steve Seung-Young Lee, PhD, Assistant Professor…

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UI Cancer Center, Quigley recruiting patients for AML study

University of Illinois Cancer Center researchers are leading a multicenter study to learn whether the combination of cancer drugs Gemtuzumab and Venetoclax can kill leukemia stem cells, thus eradicating leukemia in patients suffering from relapsed/refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML). “As Gemtuzumab kills leukemia cells through inducing a form of cell death called apoptosis, and Venetoclax primes cancer cells to undergo apoptosis, the synergy of the combination should prove effective in patients with leukemia,”…

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Tapas Das Gupta seminar rousing success

Three leading cancer researchers and a patient advocate shared their knowledge at the Tapas Das Gupta, MD, Cancer Research Symposium 2020 last week. Attendees of the event, titled “The Unequal Burden of Cancer: Have We Made Progress in the Two Decades Since the Institute of Medicine’s Report” learned about health and cancer equity in Boston; disparities in breast cancer screenings, treatment and outcomes; and the evolution of cancer equity. The event, held virtually…

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YAAS! hosts community-building event

The Young and A Survivor (YAAS!) Network hosted a discussion last week on how to create and sustain robust academic-community partnerships to expand healthcare capacity using a practice-based Virtual Knowledge Network. Attendees were able to connect with others who are working to bring high quality cancer survivorship resources to all communities. University of Illinois Cancer Center members Susan Hong, MD, MPH, director of survivorship, and V.K. Gadi, MD, PhD, associate director, Translational Oncology,…

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Henderson featured in UIC newsletter

Vida Henderson, PhD, PharmD, MPH, MFA, director of the UI Cancer Center’s Community Engagement and Health Equity office, is featured in the October issue of “Sharing What We Have Learned,” sponsored by the Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships, Healthy City Collaborative, and the Office of Health Literacy, Prevention and Engagement. A different researcher is featured each month, along with important findings from their works. Read more Share on facebook Facebook…

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Cancer survivors, caregivers cheer Bears to victory

The Chicago Bears have played host to cancer survivors and their caregivers at Halas Hall, their Lake Forest-based training site, during October as part of the National Football League’s “Crucial Catch” promotion, but this year they were forced to the sidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That didn’t stop them from attending Sunday’s Bears game via Zoom, coming together to root on their favorite team to a 23-16 victory over the Carolina Panthers.…

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Students impress in Kruh poster competition

The 2020 Gary Kruh Student Poster Competition, sponsored by the University of Illinois Cancer Center, was different than in years past, but the scientific works were no less impactful. Students traditionally enjoy personally showing their work to those interested in learning about it, and answer any questions that may arise. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students were forced to display their work virtually. A panel of judges critiqued the posters and selected…

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Kitajewski named new director of University of Illinois Cancer Center

The title “Acting Director” has been removed from Jan Kitajewski’s name, as he has been officially named the University of Illinois Cancer Center’s new director. Kitajewski, PhD, Sweeney Professor of Basic Sciences and Head of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, has been appointed to serve as the director effective Nov. 13, pending approval of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Read more at UIC Today

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Big Ten study tests pembrolizumab and goserelin in advanced AR+ salivary gland cancer

A Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium phase II study for adults with advanced androgen receptor-positive (AR+) salivary gland cancer will test combining the PD-1 inhibitor pembrolizumab and the androgen deprivation therapy goserelin. This study is open for accrual at the University of Illinois Cancer Center, along with other Big Ten institutions. Researchers hope to learn whether this combination is better, the same, or worse than the usual approach to treating this type of…

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Cancer Center at Illinois hosting Big Ten CRC Grand Rounds

The Cancer Center at Illinois (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is hosting October’s Big Ten CRC Grand Rounds on Thursday, Oct. 15, beginning at noon Central Time via Zoom. Presenters include: Rohit Bhargava, PhD, Founder Professor in Bioengineering, Director, Cancer Center at Illinois, will discuss “Chemical Imaging for Cancer Pathology.” Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, PhD, Associate Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition, will present “Modulation of Cancer Metabolism by Metastatic Tissue Microenvironment and Drugs…

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