Newsletter of the Meyer Cancer Center                 April 2015
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Sandra and Edward
Meyer Cancer Center
Weill Cornell Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian

Bench to bedside to... inbox

The new year has ushered in several exciting new developments at the Meyer Cancer Center, including the recent opening of our new home on the web: The ever-evolving site contains information about our research and clinical programs, upcoming events, feature stories and news highlights, as well as funding opportunities and other resources. It is the culmination of nearly a year of thoughtful development, content creation and curation, and I'd like to thank the small but dedicated Cancer Center team that oversaw the effort: Julie Boyer, Jane Lyons, Evi Giannakakou and Stacey Shackford. 

There are also some new faces, as we welcome several renowned recruits to the Meyer Cancer Center family. Learn more about them below, and please join me in welcoming them in person at the next installment of our new monthly seminar series on April 15. 
Check your inboxes every Monday for our weekly round-up of interesting events and relevant funding opportunities.

The Meyer Cancer Center will be well represented at the AACR conference. Nearly 70 faculty members will join me in Philadelphia at the end of this month as I help lead a packed program that will highlight research innovations in both the lab and the clinic. Read below to learn more about the work we will be presenting, and follow the action live via the Cancer Center's new Twitter account @MeyerCancerWCMC. 

I look forward to celebrating new discoveries and opportunities as the year progresses, and I invite you to share your accomplishments via this newsletter and social media, by contacting our new Communications Director, Stacey Shackford, at



RIVETING RESEARCH: From the promise of precision medicine to the development of a powerful new computational tool that could dramatically improve drug discovery, more than 70 bench scientists, oncologists and computational biologists from the Meyer Cancer Center will present their work at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

Radiation, revamped

Dr. Silvia C. Formenti is bringing her novel form of immunotherapy to the Cancer Center as the new Associate Director of Radiation Oncology.
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Beowulf to Belfer

Nobel laureate - and Anglo-Saxon poetry buff - Harold Varmus leaves the NCI to return to the lab at Meyer and New York Genome Center.
Read more>>

Robotic revelations

Dr. Jim Hu is pioneering innovative, less invasive cancer surgeries as new director of the Lefrak Center for Robotic Surgery
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In the headlines

Lewis Cantley Wins Prestigious Prize: 2015 Canada Gairdner International Award
The Globe and Mail ~ March 25, 2015
Meyer director Lewis Cantley, Ph.D. was one of five scientists from around the world to receive the top international honor.

Surgeon Receives National Physician of the Year Award
Cornell Chronicle ~ March 25, 2015
Fabrizio Michelassi, M.D., has been awarded the Castle Connolly 2015 National Physician of the Year Award for Clinical Excellence.

Keeping Your Hair in Chemo
New York Times ~ March 9, 2015
The Weill Cornell Breast Center and Tessa Cigler, M.D., are highlighted for their use of the innovative cold cap treatment to prevent hair loss during chemotherapy.

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Funding opportunities

Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program – Breast, Lung, Ovarian: various amounts 
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Faculty Scholars – Various: $100,000 to $400,000 per year 
Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Awards – Prostate; $75,000 per year

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Recent Publications

Transcriptome analysis of individual stromal cell populations identifies stroma-tumor crosstalk in mouse lung cancer model.
Choi H, Sheng J, Gao D, Li F, Durrans A, Ryu S, Lee SB, Narula N, Rafii S, Elemento O, Altorki NK, Wong ST, Mittal V.
Cell Rep. 2015 Feb 24;10(7):1187-201. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2015.01.040. Epub 2015 Feb 19. 

Flow sorting and exome sequencing reveal the oncogenome of primary Hodgkin and Reed-Sternberg cells.
Reichel J, Chadburn A, Rubinstein PG, Giulino-Roth L, Tam W, Liu Y, Gaiolla R, Eng K, Brody J, Inghirami G, Carlo-Stella C, Santoro A, Rahal D, Totonchy J, Elemento O, Cesarman E, Roshal M.
Blood. 2015 Feb 12;125(7):1061-72. doi: 10.1182/blood-2014-11-610436. Epub 2014 Dec 8.


Upcoming events

April 15, 2015

Control of anti-tumor immunity by the ER stress response: Insights from IRE1a/XBP1
Juan R. Cubillos-Ruiz, Ph.D.
Instructor of Microbiology and Immunology,
Department of Medicine – Glimcher Lab
Weill Cornell Medical College

April 23, 2015 

Development, validation and clinical applications of molecular assays for the molecular characterization of CTCs
Evi Lianidou, Ph.D.
Professor of Analytical Chemistry-Clinical Chemistry
Dept. of Chemistry, 
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

See more>>


Out of this world

Our photo of the month comes from the "Cave," a 330,000 square feet immersive virtual environment at the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Institute for Computational Biomedicine in Weill Greenberg Center, where students and researchers can interact with the molecules they are studying. 

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