Stewart leading clinical trial on peritoneal malignancies

Cancers of the ovary, colon, stomach, and appendix often spread throughout the abdomen and pelvis. The process, known as peritoneal carcinomatosis, is a rare, terminal disease with a median survival of six months. Since the majority of patients have limited therapeutic options and frequently succumb to bowel obstruction, subsequent malnutrition and death, innovative approaches to this disease are necessary. Throughout his career, John Stewart IV, MD, MBA, associate director of clinical research at…

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Wang chosen to lead bioinformatics core

Xiaowei Wang has been recruited to lead the University of Illinois Cancer Center’s Bioinformatics Core. Wang, PhD, will also serve as professor of pharmacology and bioengineering in the University of Illinois College of Medicine and is a Presidential Scholar. He arrived at UIC from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as associate professor of radiation oncology, as well as associate professor of biomedical engineering. Wang’s laboratory studies prognostic biomarkers to stratify…

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Sensing infection, suppressing regeneration

In a new study published in Immunity, University of Illinois at Chicago researchers, led by Asrar Malik, University of Illinois Cancer Center member, describe how the body’s response to inflammation, which helps to fight many kinds of infections, also can counterproductively suppress much-needed cell repair and regeneration in blood vessels. The researchers describe an enzyme that blocks the ability of blood vessel cells to self-heal. By studying mice with sepsis – a condition…

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V Foundation funding opportunities

The V Foundation for Cancer Research, founded by legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano, currently has funding opportunities to support translational research projects within the scope of adult cancer research. Translational projects should move a novel strategy from the laboratory into a human clinical trial or use specimens from a clinical trial to develop biomarkers or mechanisms. The research should apply in some direct way to human beings within the time frame of less…

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Fred Hutch veteran named AD of UI Cancer Center’s Translational Oncology Medicine group

Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Vijayakrishna “V.K.” Gadi, MD, PhD, has been named the associate director for Translational Oncology Medicine at the University of Illinois Cancer Center. Gadi comes to UIC from Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where he served as associate member. He was also an associate professor of medical oncology at the University of Washington. Gadi begins his tenure at the Cancer Center on Monday, March 16.Gadi…

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COVID-19

Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter The University of Illinois at Chicago has been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19), and a section of the institution’s website has been devoted to providing the most timely and relevant information. For the most up to date information on the coronavirus please visit: cdc.gov/coronavirus UIC Coronavirus updates

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Sign-up today for Komen conference and advocacy summit

The deadline to register for the 2020 Komen Speak Truth to Power Conference and Advocacy Summit is Friday, March 13. The event will be held June 7-10 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Richmond Highway, Arlington, Virginia. Following the conference, attendees will participate in the Komen Advocacy Summit. Through the “Speak Truth to Power Conference: Advocating to Achieve Health Equity,” Komen will convene African-American community health advocates to learn about the role of…

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Volunteers needed for unpaid Prostate Cancer Detection Using a Quantitative Screening MRI Protocol

Share on twitter Twitter Share on facebook Facebook Do you have patients with elevated PSA? Dr. Michael Abern from the Department of Urology at UIC is seeking men with elevated PSA. With support from the UI Cancer Center, we are running a study that aims to improve prostate cancer detection while reducing the morbidity of prostate needle biopsy.We are enrolling men in this prospective clinical trial with suspicion for prostate cancer:Elevated Prostate specific…

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UI Cancer Center advocacy goes statewide, national

Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter HJR0086 is alive and well. Kimberly Richardson, PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute) project coordinator of the University of Illinois Cancer Center Patient Brigade, saw her tireless work pay off last week as the Illinois House of Representatives’ Human Services Committee approved HJR0086, a proposed bill that will create a special commission to study gynecologic cancer, how it will impact Illinois residents, and how best to…

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AACR’s Foti provides status of cancer research during Distinguished Lecture seminar

Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter View Margaret Foti’s presentation here When Margaret Foti began her tenure as chief executive officer at the American Association of Cancer Research, membership totaled 3,000. Today, that number has grown to nearly 47,000, with 187 of those members at the University of Illinois at Chicago.Foti, PhD, MD (hc), provided her insight into innovation in cancer research and patient care last week during the University of…

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