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.
Vandalia-Con Steampunk Convention to benefit WV Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program and Bonnie's Bus
On Friday, May 26 from 10 am until 7:30 pm, Vandalia-Con will hold a pink block party, which will include a regional Mountains of Hope West Virginia State Cancer Coalition meeting, a screening of the film “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic” with continuing education credit available, and two free classes. Vandalia-Con proper will begin with a concert on Friday night at 9 pm -Midnight. Concert tickets are $10.00, or free with purchase of a weekend or VIP Pass.
Mark your calendar for the 27th Annual Fall Cancer Conference, which will take place on Friday, Oct. 6, at West Virginia University's Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown.
This new video gives an overview on how the WVU Cancer Institute is providing the best cancer care possible. WVU Cancer Institute leaders Richard Goldberg, MD, director; Laura Gibson, PhD, deputy director; Hannah Hazard, MD, director of clinical services and surgeon in chief; and Stephenie Kennedy, EdD, associate director of cancer prevention and control share how the Institute is carrying out its mission: patient care, research, outreach, and education.