Akt promising target for cancer treatment, but which one?

Akt is one of the most frequently stimulated oncoprotein in human cancers and whose activation often elicits chemoresistance, making it a promising target for treatment. However, there are three Akt isoforms, and it is unclear which one of them, either individually or in combination, could be inhibited systemically for cancer therapy without severe adverse consequences. Akt, also known as protein kinase B, is a key element of the PI3K/AKT signaling pathway that regulates…

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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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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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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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Kim to co-lead new UIC center for public health data analytics

University of Illinois Cancer Center member Sage Kim, PhD, was selected to co-lead the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health’s new Population Health Analytics, Metrics and Evaluation, or PHAME, center.The PHAME Center at UIC will combine novel technology with academic expertise to provide a hub of advanced data visualization, evaluation, and analytics to community members, students, policymakers and researchers in Chicago and beyond. By combining these elements – community, scholars and…

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Patel named different kind of ‘Rockstar’

He may not be a rock star on stage, but the University of Illinois College of Medicine considers Pritesh Patel one with his patients.The Department of Medicine annually recognizes one faculty member from each division as a “Divisional Rockstar” for their contributions to the department. Patel, MD, associate director of the Blood & Marrow Transplant (BMT) program in the division of hematology and oncology and member of the UI Cancer Center’s Translational Oncology…

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Gadi joining ACS panel discussing immunotherapy and cancer care

The rise in immunotherapy cancer treatments are a major factor why cancer mortality rates have experienced a 30% drop since 1991, according to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts and Figures reports.V.K. Gadi, MD, PhD, associate director for Translational Oncology Medicine at the UI Cancer Center, will be a panelist discussing how immunotherapy is revolutionizing cancer care and how it influences a patient’s experience. The Zoom event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society’s Cancer…

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Jain answers questions about COVID-19

Shikha Jain, MD, FACP, assistant professor of hematology/oncology at the College of Medicine, Director of Communication Strategies in Medicine, and Associate Director of Oncology Communication & Digital Innovation, returned to Fox Channel 32’s Good Day Chicago last week to answer commonly asked questions about coronavirus testing. View here

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Stewart and Watson featured on NBC Chicago

“Screening saves lives.” That was the message UI Cancer Center members John Stewart IV, MD, MBA, FACS, associate director of clinical research, and Karriem Watson, DHSc, MS, MPH, associate director of community outreach and engagement and director of community based research at Mile Square Health Center, told WMAQ Ch. 5 viewers during an interview about young adults undergoing colon cancer screening. View here

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