Abstract submission deadline extended for TRCCC Annual Meeting

Abstract submission deadline extended for TRCCC Annual Meeting

The abstract submission deadline for the 21st Annual Meeting of the Translational Research Cancer Centers Consortium has been extended to January 20. The WVU Cancer Institute is the organizing center of this year’s meeting titled Out of the Valley: Moving Mountains for the Immunotherapy of Cancer and scheduled for February 14-16, 2018, at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, PA. Visit www.trccc.org for registration, abstract submission, and additional details.

Keynote presentations will be made by two outstanding researchers: Dr. Robert L. Ferris, director of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and Hillman Professor of Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh and Dr. Pamela Ohashi, PhD, FRSC, professor in the department of immunology and medical biophysics at the University of Toronto. She also is director of the Immune Therapy Program at Ontario Cancer Institute.

Cancer Institute Director Rich Goldberg, MD; HSC Senior Associate Vice President for Research & Graduate Education and Cancer Institute Deputy Director Laura Gibson, PhD; and Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and Cancer Institute researcher David Klinke, PhD, are the chairs of the event, which brings together leaders in immunotherapy and other biologic therapies. Patrick Ma, MD, co-leader of the Cancer Institute’s Allen Lung Cancer Program, will present a talk titled Immunotherapies in lung cancer and Dr. Goldberg will present a talk on the extraordinary results of a clinical trial that saved the life of one of his patients at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

  • Cancer Institute holds retirement lunch for Sara Jane Gainor

    Cancer Institute holds retirement lunch for Sara Jane Gainor

    WVU Cancer Institute faculty and staff are singing the praises of Bonnie’s Bus Program Director Sara Jane Gainor as she leaves the mobile mammography program established nine years ago to begin a new chapter of her life. During a retirement lunch at the Cancer Institute this past Tuesday they shared the impact Gainor has had on them personally and on the program. “She grew this program from infancy, and it was a labor of love,” Stephenie Kennedy, EdD, associate director for Cancer Prevention and Control, said. Cancer Institute Director Rich Goldberg, MD, said Gainor had made a “powerful difference,” adding that he is glad she is staying on to help bring a new Cancer Institute lung cancer screening bus program to fruition. Jim Keresztury, director of the Mountains of Hope Cancer Coalition, said Gainor’s work with the Coalition impacted everyone across West Virginia. Laura Gibson, PhD, senior associate vice president for research and graduate education at HSC and deputy director of the Cancer Institute, said she always appreciated Gainor’s laugh as well as her dedication to the Bus Program. Stacy Tressler, program coordinator, thanked Gainor for being her mentor and boss. Gainor’s daughters Alexis McMillan and Rachael Crites congratulated her on her decades long career and said they were glad that their mom will be able to spend more time at home and with them and their families now.

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  • Cancer Institute and WVU Medicine to host Relay For Life Kickoff Rally

    Cancer Institute and WVU Medicine to host Relay For Life Kickoff Rally

    WVU Cancer Institute and WVU Medicine will host a Relay For Life Kickoff Rally on February 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Atrium. The event is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to learn about the American Cancer Society (ACS) Monongalia County Relay for Life in June and meet WVU Medicine Relay For Life ambassadors and ACS members while enjoying games and snacks. Rally participants will also be able to register their teams online and obtain fundraising information.

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  • 2017 Cancer Burden Report released

    WVU Cancer Institute's Cancer Prevention and Control, in collaboration with the West Virginia Cancer Registry, has released the 2017 Cancer Burden Report. The report provides updated statewide, age-adjusted incidence rates and counts for cancer diagnosed among West Virginia residents from 2010 to 2014.

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