Newsletter of the Meyer Cancer Center               April 2016
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BIG IMPACT IN THE BIG EASY: It was time to toot our collective horns as dozens of Meyer Cancer Center researchers and clinicians descended on New Orleans this month for the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Catch up on the highlights here, and stay tuned as we take on Chicago in June for #ASCO16! 

High (school) Hopes 

Michael Albert, 17, wowed attendees with his presentation about the treatment potential of Eph receptors.
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Powerful Punch

A compound found in cranberries has shown promise in killing leukemia and lymphoma cells.
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What the gut?

Two teams are exploring the microbiota-cancer connection, and how painkillers may change the equation.
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In the headlines

How not to end cancer in our lifetimes
Wall Street Journal ~ April 4, 2016
Dean Laurie Glimcher, M.D., discusses proposed rules governing the usage of human tissue in research.

The war on cancer: Enlist now
The Hill ~ March 21, 2016
After 44 years of fighting the "war on cancer," we’re still losing and the lack of research funding is one of the key reasons, writes Cynthia Reinhart-King, Ph.D.

The cancer campaign that got personal
MORE Magazine ~ Feb. 24, 2016
Patient Anne Glauber discusses life with pancreatic cancer, and her doctor, Allyson Ocean, M.D.

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Funding opportunities

Damon Runyan Innovation Award – Various; up to $300,000
Harrington Scholar-Innovator Program – Various; up to $700,000
Lung Cancer Research Foundation – Lung; up to $150,000

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Recent Publications

Cancer genomics: Hard-to-reach repairs.
Khurana E.
Nature. 2016 Apr 14;532(7598):181-2. doi: 10.1038/532181a.

Variability in length of stay after uncomplicated pulmonary lobectomy: is length of stay a quality metric or a patient metric?
Giambrone GP, Smith MC, Wu X, Gaber-Baylis LK, Bhat AU, Zabih R, Altorki NK, Fleischut PM, Stiles BM.Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2016 Apr;49(4):e65-71. doi: 10.1093/ejcts/ezv476.

A SIRT2-Selective Inhibitor Promotes c-Myc Oncoprotein Degradation and Exhibits Broad Anticancer Activity.
Jing H, Hu J, He B, Negrón Abril YL, Stupinski J, Weiser K, Carbonaro M, Chiang YL, Southard T, Giannakakou P, Weiss RS, Lin H.
Cancer Cell. 2016 Apr 11;29(4):607. doi: 10.1016/j.ccell.2016.03.011.

Accuracy of advanced cancer patients' life expectancy estimates: The role of race and source of life expectancy information.
Trevino KM, Zhang B, Shen MJ, Prigerson HG.
Cancer. 2016 Mar 29. doi: 10.1002/cncr.30001.

RNA Imaging with Dimeric Broccoli in Live Bacterial and Mammalian Cells.
Filonov GS, Jaffrey SR.
Curr Protoc Chem Biol. 2016 Mar 16;8(1):1-28. doi: 10.1002/9780470559277.ch150174.


Upcoming events

May 9, 2016

New York Epigenomics Symposium
Dan Landau, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Weill Cornell Medicine

New York Genome Center

May 16, 2016

Exposing Vulnerabilities in Cancer Metabolism: New Discoveries
Steven Gross, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology
Weill Cornell Medicine

New York Academy of Sciences Events

May 18, 2016

Cancer Genetics at the Interface of Immunology, Patient Care, and Population Science
Steve Gruber, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Director, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Meyer Cancer Center Seminar Series 2015/16
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Rising Stars:  Juan Cubillos-Ruiz, Ph.D. (far left), and Dan Landau, M.D., Ph.D. (far right) were honored at a star-studded event featuring Walking Dead actress Sonequa Martin-Green. The pair were two of 10 young investigators nationwide who received $750,000 Innovative Research Grants from Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). 
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