Congratulations to the nearly 30 residents, postdoctoral and clinical fellows, undergraduate, graduate and professional students who presented their cancer research during the 2017 Van Liere Memorial Convocation and Health Sciences Center Research Day last week. The annual two day event celebrates research at WVU’s Health Sciences Center. Here are the five winners of cancer-related research in the Van Liere poster presentation, along with the titles of their research and their mentors:
Walid Radwan presented Cadherin-mediated radio-sensitization in GBM involves down-regulation of anti-apoptotic Bcl-2. Walid is a post graduate, year four resident in neurosurgery.
Mentor: Christopher Cifarelli, MD, PhD, director, WVU Dept. of Neurosurgery Gamma Knife Program, member of the WVU Cancer Institute Mechanisms of Metastasis & Therapeutic Response Program
Christopher Pitzer presented Metabolic monitoring and cage activity in mice exposed to 7-months of electronic cigarette vapor. Christopher is a first year MS student in Exercise Physiology.
Mentor: Mark Olfert, PhD, WVU Dept. of Human Performance-Exercise Physiology, member of the WVU Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Program
James Boothe presented Inhibition of the Ras-MAPK pathway induces mesenchymal-to-epithelial transition in mesenchymal breast cancer cells. James is a second year medical student.
Mentor: Alexey Ivanov, MS, PhD, WVU Dept. of Biochemistry, member of WVU Cancer Institute Alexander B. Osborn Hematopoietic Malignancy and Transplantation
Yuriy Loskutov presented Primary cilium points at LPA signaling as a novel therapeutic target in GBM. Yuriy is a graduate student in the Cancer Institute’s Cancer Cell Biology Program.
Mentor: Elena Pugacheva, PhD, WVU Dept. of Biochemistry, member of the WVU Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Program
Karen Hayes presented The Discovery of Novel Non-Coding Circular RNAs Generated by High-Risk Human Papillomavirus Type 16. Karen is a post doctoral fellow in Ivan Martinez’s lab at the WVU Cancer Institute. Dr. Martinez, WVU Dept. of Microbiology, Immunology & Cell Biology, is a member of the WVU Cancer Institute Sara Crile Allen and James Frederick Allen Lung Cancer Program.
The WVU Cancer Institute is the first institution in the United States to offer intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) to treat glioblastoma.
Several events at this year’s West Virginia Writers’ Workshop, July 20-23 at WVU, are focused on the role of writing and storytelling in health. Presenters include narrative medicine faculty from several campuses across the U.S., along with the leaders of an expressive writing program for patients at the WVU Cancer Institute. Health sciences faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in some or all of the Workshop.
WVU cancer researcher participates in study that shows promising treatments for certain patients with advanced colorectal cancer
A group of cancer researchers, including Richard Goldberg, M.D., director of the WVU Cancer Institute, released a study today in the Journal of the American Medical Association comparing the results of combinations of chemotherapy delivered with targeted therapy drugs in the treatment of people with advanced colorectal cancer who had not received prior drug treatment for their advanced disease.