Newsletter of the Meyer Cancer Center               July 2016
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SHARING OUR COLLECTIVE WISDOM: Dozens of doctors, researchers and other clinicians from Weill Cornell Medicine & NewYork-Presbyterian descended upon Chicago from June 2-7 for the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), one of the largest and most important cancer conferences. Catch up on the highlights here.

Our best shots 

Belfer was abuzz during a regional gathering to discuss VP Biden's "Cancer Moonshot" initiative.
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Key to the cohort

IPM becomes part of a new national program to engage 1M volunteers in a significant genetics research effort.
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Path to collaboration

P53 scholar Karen Vousden valued her month as a visiting professor at the Meyer Cancer Center.
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Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian are lead sponsors of this year’s Light the Night event in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which has supported much of our research into blood cancers over the years.

The Oct. 6 event at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park will be a celebration of the progress we have made in treating blood cancers, and a recognition of all those who have been affected by the diseases. In the lead-up to the event, participants raise funds – and awareness – for blood cancer research. 

We've formed a team, and we’re hoping you will

step up to join us.


In the headlines

Mom with breast cancer dreams up 'glam chemo' photo project
PEOPLE ~ July 15, 2016
Breast cancer patient Marquina Iliev-Piselli approached her chemo treatments in a unique, creative way.

Doctors using virtual reality to treat cancer patients 
CBS ~ July 13, 2016
TV news segment features virtual reality technology from the lab of Olivier Elemento, Ph.D.

What doctors know about how bad it is, and won't say
New York Times ~ July 1, 2016
Many terminal cancer patients don't realize they are dying, according to a study by Holly Prigerson, Ph.D.

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Funding opportunities

Meyer Cancer Center Pilot Grant: Innovations in Circulating Tumor DNA – Various; up to $200,000
SU2C Catalyst Grants – Various; up to $3,000,000
AACR NextGen Grants for Transformative Cancer Research – Various; $450,000

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Recent Publications

Deletion of the gene Pip4k2c, a novel phosphatidylinositol kinase, results in hyperactivation of the immune system.
Shim H, Wu C, Ramsamooj S, Bosch KN, Chen Z, Emerling BM, Yun J, Liu H, Choo-Wing R, Yang Z, Wulf GM, Kuchroo VK, Cantley LC.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Jul 5;113(27):7596-601. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1600934113

Distinct evolution and dynamics of epigenetic and genetic heterogeneity in acute myeloid leukemia.
Li S, Garrett-Bakelman FE, Chung SS, Sanders MA, Hricik T, Rapaport F, Patel J, Dillon R, Vijay P, Brown AL, Perl AE, Cannon J, Bullinger L, Luger S, Becker M, Lewis ID, To LB, Delwel R, Löwenberg B, Döhner H, Döhner K, Guzman ML, Hassane DC, Roboz GJ, Grimwade D, Valk PJ, D'Andrea RJ, Carroll M, Park CY, Neuberg D, Levine R, Melnick AM, Mason CE.
Nat Med. 2016 Jul;22(7):792-9. doi: 10.1038/nm.4125. 

The Pace of Progress in Radiation and Immunotherapy.
Formenti SC.
Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2016 Jul 15;95(4):1257-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2016.02.063

A Computational Drug Repositioning Approach for Targeting Oncogenic Transcription Factors.
Gayvert KM, Dardenne E, Cheung C, Boland MR, Lorberbaum T, Wanjala J, Chen Y, Rubin MA, Tatonetti NP, Rickman DS, Elemento O.
Cell Rep. 2016 Jun 14;15(11):2348-56. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2016.05.037.

Therapeutic implication of concomitant chromosomal aberrations in patients with aggressive B-cell lymphomas.
Marullo R, Rutherford SC, Leonard JP, Cerchietti L.
Cell Cycle. 2016 Jul 15:0.

Upcoming events

Aug 2, 2016

Tumor & Metastasis Microenvironments: Mechanism and Therapeutic Implications
Lewis Cantley, Ph.D.
Vivek Mittal, Ph.D.
Gregory Sonnenberg, Ph.D.
Monica Guzman, Ph.D.
Lukas Dow, Ph.D.
Dingcheng Gao, Ph.D.

Weill Cornell Medicine

...and many others from the NYC academic community

Sept. 19-21, 2016

The Genome Access Course

Benjamin King, Ph.D.
MDI Biological Laboratory

Gareth Howell, Ph.D.
The Jackson Laboratory

...and others

New York Genome Center

March 17, 2017

Meyer Cancer Center Retreat

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"Cancer, it's personal - not only on an emotional level, but on a molecular one."
Find out how the Meyer Cancer Center & Englander Institute for Precision Medicine are using next-generation technology and clinical collaborations to deliver cutting-edge treatment for patients ad education for future physicians in this new video. 
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