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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is offering a continuing education course titled CDC Pink Book Training: Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine Preventable Diseases on April 10-11, 2018, at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place in Morgantown, West Virginia. The two-day program is geared to physicians, nurses, immunization providers, and program managers seeking the most current immunization knowledge base. Agenda topics include the principles of vaccination, general recommendations and best practice guidelines for immunization, vaccine safety, specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that prevent them, and current issues related to immunization. Participants are required to obtain a copy of the most recent Pink Book. You can download and print one from the CDC website for free or purchase one from the Public Health Foundation website.
Amy Broadwater of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania is hoping to brighten the spirits of patients at the WVU Cancer Institute Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center this holiday season. A Stella & Dot independent stylist, Broadwater asked her customers and friends to purchase bags from her company’s business as part of a breast cancer awareness campaign. She ended up with 22 bags, which she stuffed with socks, candy and notebooks using her commission from the bag sales to pay for the items, then donated the bags to the Cancer Center to give to patients. “My hope is that the gift bags will help ease the burden that patients may be experiencing and help them realize that others are thinking about them,” Broadwater said.
The Harrison County Breast Cancer Awareness Committee held an elimination dinner recently at the Best Western in Bridgeport and unanimously decided to donate all of the money from the fundraiser – $5,000 – to the Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program (Bonnie’s Bus) to offset the costs of Bus visits to Harrison County.