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

Special edition: #ASCO15

TAKING THE WINDY CITY BY STORM: As thousands of cancer specialists from around the world converged in Chicago for the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the expertise of Weill Cornell physicians and scientists took center stage at several sessions. Read more >>

Heroes in breast cancer battle

Scientific and clinical advances in treatment of triple negative breast cancer were recently highlighted in an ASCO session and an award. 

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Weill visit inspires Algerian doctor

An ASCO mentorship program gave Khaoula Mazouzi, M.D., a glimpse into multidisciplinary clinical care and translational research.

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Seeking a second line of defense

Investigations into the biology of bladder cancer have led to ASCO accolades for graduating Hem/Onc fellow Bishoy Faltas, M.D.

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In the headlines

Fight Obesity Before it Happens, as Diets Don't Cut Breast Cancer Risk, Experts Say
The Guardian ~ June 11, 2015
Andrew Dannenberg, M.D., provides commentary on findings about the relationship between obesity and cancer risk. 

Medical Research Becomes a Bipartisan Issue
The Huffington Post ~ June 2, 2015
Dean Laurie Glimcher, M.D., pens a piece about funding for medical research.

Breast Cancer: Making Big Strides
WABC TV ~ June 1, 2015
Tessa Cigler, M.D., discusses the use of "cold caps" during chemotherapy to prevent hair loss.

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Funding opportunities

Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program - Prostate - up to $2.5m

The Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award - Various - $300,000

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Faculty Scholars Program - Various - up to $400,000

Breast Cancer Alliance - Breast - up to $125,000

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Recent Publications

A primer on precision medicine informatics
Sboner A, Elemento O.
Brief Bioinform. 2015 Jun 5. pii: bbv032.

Estrogen Protects Against Obesity Induced Mammary Gland Inflammation in Mice
Bhardwaj P, Du B, Zhou XK, Sue E, Giri D, Harbus MD, Falcone DJ, Hudis CA, Subbaramaiah K, Dannenberg AJ.
Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2015 Jun 2. pii: canprevres.0082.2015.

Evidence that synthetic lethality underlies the mutual exclusivity of oncogenic KRAS and EGFR mutations in lung adenocarcinoma
Unni AM, Lockwood WW, Zejnullahu K, Lee-Lin SQ, Varmus H.
Elife. 2015 Jun 5;4. doi: 10.7554/eLife.06907.

Identification of Reprogrammed Myeloid Cell Transcriptomes in NSCLC
Durrans A, Gao D, Gupta R, Fischer KR, Choi H, El Rayes T, Ryu S, Nasar A, Spinelli CF, Andrews W, Elemento O, Nolan D, Stiles B, Rafii S, Narula N, Davuluri R, Altorki NK, Mittal V.
PLoS One. 2015 Jun 5;10(6):e0129123. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0129123. eCollection 2015.

Pancreatic cancer exosomes initiate pre-metastatic niche formation in the liver
Costa-Silva B, Aiello NM, Ocean AJ, Singh S, Zhang H, Thakur BK, Becker A, Hoshino A, Mark MT, Molina H, Xiang J, Zhang T, Theilen TM, García-Santos G, Williams C, Ararso Y, Huang Y, Rodrigues G, Shen TL, Labori KJ, Lothe IM, Kure EH, Hernandez J, Doussot A, Ebbesen SH, Grandgenett PM, Hollingsworth MA, Jain M, Mallya K, Batra SK, Jarnagin WR, Schwartz RE, Matei I, Peinado H, Stanger BZ, Bromberg J, Lyden D.
Nat Cell Biol. 2015 Jun;17(6):816-26. doi: 10.1038/ncb3169.

Upcoming events

June 29, 2015 

Drug Development Boot Camp
Center for Technology Licensing

August 9, 2015

Strides for Life
Lung Cancer Research Foundation

October 16, 2015

Meyer Cancer Center Annual Retreat
Belfer 302 A-D

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  Tweet, tweet

Sacituzumab Gets Fast Track in #lung #cancer. Proud to be a part of this drug development!

As #LungCancer advocates, we have to acknowledge, consider, and rationally debate cost issues or we will lose the fight. #lcsm

Today saw follicular #lymphoma patient I met in 2000 with relapsed disease/few options. Joined clinical trial then - now 15 year remission!

Einstein made his seminal discoveries while in his 20s but experience is invaluable and must be transmitted.

Dynamic Duo

Meyer Cancer Center Director Lewis Cantley, Ph.D., and Harold Varmus, M.D., discuss the future of precision medicine during a special symposium hosted by the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the New York Academy of Sciences in honor of Cantley's 2015 Ross Prize. Check out a video from the event and more photos on our Facebook page.

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