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23
Dec

Two SKCC PhD Students Invited To Present Research At International Meetings

Congratulations to two PhD students in Dr. Karen Knudsen’s laboratory who have been invited to speak at upcoming Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology!! Jennifer Jones McMann, a student in the Genetics, Genomics and Cancer Biology PhD Program, will present “Novel Action of p53 Gain-of-Function Mutation in Prostate Cancer Progression” at the Keystone Conference …

23
Sep

Genomic Analysis for All Cancer Patients

09/17/15 Jefferson expands its cancer treatment to analyze each cancer patient’s tumor with the newest techniques and help doctors identify cutting edge treatment options. (PHILADELPHIA) – Cancer medicine is moving towards understanding what drives each particular patient’s cancer. But not every patient has had access to this level of individualized care. Today, Jefferson announced its …

5
Aug

Billingsleys Host SKCC at Jefferson Cancer Care Staff At Phillies Game

Tiffnay and husband Chad Billingsley (Philadelphia Phillie Pitcher), will host a 100 Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Oncology staff at the Philadelphia Phillies – Los Angeles Dodgers game on Wednesday, August 5th 2015. Mrs. Billingsley is about to complete a successful treatment regime at the SKCC for a very rare form …

30
Jun

Dr. Edith Mitchell Invited to Speak at the White House

Edith Mitchell, M.D., FACP, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology in the Department of Medical Oncology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and Director, Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, has been invited to speak at the White House on July 13th 2015 at the Conference for Aging. This …

30
Jun

Alex Khariton named a Member at Large of the Board of Directors of the SROA

Congratulations to Alex Khariton, RTT, MBA, Administrator, Department of Radiation Oncology, Thomas Jefferson University, for being named to the Society for Radiation Oncology Administrators Board of Directors as a Member at Large. His term begins at the conclusion of the Annual Business meeting in San Antonio on October 18 2015. The SKCC would like to …

26
Jun

Dr. Andrew Aplin Receives New NIH/NCI R01 Grant Award

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Aplin for receiving a federally award (National Institute of Health/National Cancer Institute) R01 grant for his project: Mutant BRAF-regulated transcription factors in melanoma progression.

14
Apr

Dr. Joshua Palmer Awarded 2015 ACRO Travel Award & CCF Oncology Trainee Travel Award

The American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) is pleased recognize Joshua Palmer, MD, resident of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University for his essay on Financial Toxicity and offer him a Travel Award to attend ACRO’s 2015 Annual Meeting, to be held May 14- 16 in Arlington, Virginia. …

14
Apr

SKCC Students and Fellows Receive The 2015 AACR Woman In Cancer Research Scholar Awards

The Women in Cancer Research (WICR) Council has selected Ileine Sanchez, BS and Jessica Teh, PhD, MizueTerai, PhD, Arpita Mondal and Kristina Shahriari as recipients of a 2015 WICR Scholar Award. The American Association for Cancer Research were especially pleased to be able to recognize Thomas Jefferson University’s Ileine Sanchez’s, Dr. Jessica Teh’s and Dr. Misue …

14
Apr

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Recognized by Commission on Cancer (American College of Surgeons)

75 CANCER PROGRAMS EARN THE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons, has presented the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) to 75 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. This year the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center has received this achievement. Established in 2004, the OAA recognizes …

14
Apr

Dr. Paul Stauffer Recognized By The Society of Thermal Medicine

Paul Stauffer, MD, Director of Thermal Oncology and Professor of Radiation Oncology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and has been named the recipient of the George Hahn Award at upcoming Society of Thermal Medicine Meeting meeting. The George M. Hahn Award is presented every other year to an investigator whose research has …

14
Apr

DOD Grant Awarded To Drs. Zeigler-Johnson and Amy Leader

Charnita Zeigler-Johnson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medical Onoclogy and Amy Leader, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology have been awarded a DOD Synergistic Award to support a project called, “A neighborhood-based intervention to reduce prostate cancer disparities.” This grant is a 3-year award. Dr. Ziegler Johnson will be serving as s the PI, and Dr. …

14
Apr

Dr. Simone Was Selected for the NRG Cancer Prevention and Control Committee

Nicole Simone, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, has recently been selected for NRG Cancer Prevention and Control Committee. We want to congratulate Dr. Simone for being selected to serve on the Cancer Care Research Delivery committee. For more about the committee see the NRG Site

14
Apr

Dr. Myers Invited To Share His Research At Preventive Oncology Meeting

Ronald Myers, PhD, Professor of Medical Onocology, was invited to share his work on CRC screening as one of 3 “Best of CEBP” presentations at the recent American Society for Preventive Oncology 39th Annual Meeting in Birmingham, Alabama on March 16, 2015. For more about the ASPO meeting see the agenda  

14
Apr

SKCC Scientists Show That Cancer Cells Can Use Exosome Transfer To Pass On Agressive Traits

Until recently, researchers thought that cell division was the only way for an aggressive cancer cell to pass its traits along. New evidence is showing that cancers can become more dangerous by exporting aggressive traits to neighboring cells via exosomes. These small packages — bubbles — of membrane released into the extracellular environment hold pieces …

9
Mar

Two Drexel University College of Medicine Professors Receive Grants Through Statewide Refunds for Breast Cancer Research Campaign

The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition recently awarded two Drexel University College of Medicine researchers (and Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Members) grants from its statewide Refunds for Breast Cancer Research campaign. Alessandro Fatatis, MD, PhD, professor in the Departments of Pharmacology & Physiology and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, and Mauricio Reginato, PhD, associate professor in the …

27
Feb

Dr. Adam Dicker Nominated to Serve on National Cancer Institute Committeee

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is proud to announce that Dr. Adam Dicker, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology,  Sidney Kimmel Medical School, Thomas Jefferson University has been nominated by NRG Oncology and NCI to serve as a member of the National Cancer Institute’s NCTN Core Correlative Sciences Committee, for …

24
Feb

Jefferson Joins Elite Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials Consortium

Only institutions with proven track records of rapidly translating innovative scientific discoveries to improved standards of patient care are granted membership to the Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials Consortium (PCCTC). In November, The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University was appointed membership to the PCCTC, joining 14 other leading academic medical centers in the …

17
Feb

New genomic test can direct appropriate use of radiation therapy following prostate surgery

The identification of the right patients for post-operative radiation therapy and the timing of administering that therapy are not easily answered by clinical risk factors alone. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, showed that patients with low genomic risk may be optimally managed with observation after radical prostatectomy (prostate surgery), while those …

17
Feb

Dr. William Kevin Kelly appointed leader of the Biology of Prostate Cancer Program

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center would like to congratulate Wm. Kevin Kelly, D.O., Professor of Medical Oncology and Director of the Division of Solid Tumor Oncology, on his new appointment as the Leader of the Biology of Prostate Cancer Program.  Dr. Kelly has been a considerable asset to the cancer center and Jefferson as a …

10
Feb

Dr. Lucia Languino appointed Director of the Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences PhD Program in Genetics, Genomics and Cancer Biology

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center would like to congratulate Lucia Languino, Ph.D., Professor of Cancer Biology and member of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, in her appointment as the new Director of the Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program in Genetics, Genomics and Cancer Biology. Dr. Languino has been a member of the …

10
Feb

Dr. Andrew Aplin to Lead Basic Science of the Sidney KImmel Cancer Center

Congratulations to Andrew Aplin, PhD, for his appointment to lead Basic Science for the SKCC! Dr. Aplin has already distinguished himself as the leader of the Cancer Cell Biology and Signaling Program, and he will bring his energy and scientific expertise to all aspects of basic research here at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. Please …

16
Jan

Mary Kate Cellmer, Manager, SKCN, elected to board of the Association of Cancer Executives

Mary Kate Cellmer, BS, Manager, Clinical Operations of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network, was elected to the board of the Association of Cancer Executives.

7
Jan

Hold Your Breath to Protect Your Heart

A recent article in the Practical Radiation Oncology was highlighted in Eureka Alerts. The research, performed by members of the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center of Thomas Jefferson University, indicated the importance of breathing control during radiation therapy for left breast cancer in protecting the heart from radiation exposure. Harriet …

5
Jan

Angel Medina, CFO of SKCC elected to board of the Association of Cancer Executives

Angel Medina, MBA, MSHA, Vice-President of Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Chief Financial Officer of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center was elected to the board of the Association of Cancer Executives.

25
Dec

Dr. Carmine Fedele is awarded an AICF Fellowship

Carmine Fedele, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Languino’s lab, has been awarded a 2014-2015 Fellowship (2nd year) from the American Italian Cancer Foundation. His project involves determining the effect of integrin expression on the composition and function of exosomes in prostate cancer cells. For more details about the American Italian Cancer Foundation, please see …

23
Dec

Dr. Nevalainen wins SKCC Innovator of the Year Award

On December 16, 2014, Dr. Marja Nevalainen was awarded the 2014 Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Innovator of the Year award. The award was presented presented by Dr. Richard G. Pestell, Director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.

23
Dec

Infusion Center Toy Drive

Jefferson Oncology Infusion Program staff  held a toy drive during the month of December were they collected over 100 toys to help Pediatric Oncology patients in the Philadelphia area.

22
Oct

2014 SKCC Consortium: Symposium and Poster Session

On October 1st, 2014 the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Consortium held a Symposium and Poster Session. Senior Leadership presented overviews of the work being done across the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Consortium. Also, progress reports were presented by the recipients of the 2013 SKCC Consortium Pilot Project Awards.  The afternoon portion of the event was …

8
Sep

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Tribute Dinner Hosted By Phialdelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University held its annual tribute Dinner on September 5th, 2014. The honorees of the annual event were he Philadelphia Eagles for their effort to fight Cancer. The event was held at Lincoln Financial Field. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cancer Breakthrough Research Fund. For more …

8
Sep

Dr. Gomella, Associate Director for Clinical Affairs Appointed to NCI Genitourinary Cancers Steering Committee

Dr. Leonard Gomella, Chairman of the Department of Urology and Associate Director for Clinical Affairs for the Sidney Kimmel Cancer at Jefferson has been appointed to serve on the NCI Genitourinary Cancers Steering Committee (GUSC). The GUSC is one of sixteen steering committees formed to leverage current NCI-supported NCTN Groups, Consortia, SPOREs and Cancer Center …

19
Aug

Global Positioning at the Cancer Frontline

Dr. Pestell’s recent TEDx presentation “Is Good Health a Choice?” was featured in an “Australia Unlimited” article by David Varga. The article describes Dr. Pestell’s background and upbringing as well as highlighting his  innovative research involving the “GPS of Cancer” (the biological navigation system that allows malignant cancer cells to spread to the most vulnerable …

29
Jul

Dr. Tu Dan Awarded ASTRO Seed Grant

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has awarded Dr. Tu Dan a 2014 Resident/Fellows in Radiation Oncology Research Seed Grant.  The ASTRO Research Evaluation Committee and Board of Directors were pleased to recognize Dr. Dan’s application based upon its scientific merit. Dr. Dan will be provided with a one-year grant in the amount of …

21
Jul

Amanda Taylor Receives 5 Year NCI Fellowship

Amanda Taylor, a doctoral candidate in the Genetics, Genomics and Cancer Biology Program conducting her thesis research in the laboratory of Dr. Steven McMahon has received a 5 year fellowship from the National Cancer Institute/NIH totaling $221,400. The award was made for a project entitled: “Myc overexpression regulates metabolic reprogramming by mitochondrial polymerase”.

21
Jul

Dr. Curry Receives Grant to Investigate Head and Neck Cancer

Joseph Curry, MD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, has been selected to receive this year’s American Head and Neck Society/American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Young Investigators Combined Grant. Under the mentorship of Dr. Ubaldo Martinez-Outschoorn, Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology and Dr. William Keane, Chairman …

9
Jul

Dr. Gabriele Di Sante Awarded American Italian Cancer Foundation Research Fellowship

Gabriele Di Sante, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Pestell’s lab, has been awarded a 2014-2015 Fellowship from the American Italian Cancer Foundation. For more details about the American Italian Cancer Foundation, please see their website.

24
Jun

Dr. Pestell and Austrailian Prime Minister

On June 10th 2014 Dr. Pestell attended an engagement in New York with the Prime Minister of Australia, the Honorable Tony Abbott, accompanied by several cabinet members. Dr. Pestell discussed with these individuals some new initiatives at Jefferson along with the “Leg Up not a Handout” initiative. In the picture you can see Dr. Pestell …

19
Jun

KCC Collaborating with BioBank Graz

Dr. Pestell meets with representatives from Medical University Graz and BioBank Graz as they discuss the growing MOU partnership agreement between Medical University Graz and the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University.

13
Jun

Holistic Care at the KCC

Dr. Richard Pestell and Dr. Pratap are featured at this classical yoga event entitled “Rethinking Cancer” on May 18th in the Hamilton building. The event was held to create awareness and the presence of mindfulness stress reduction within cancer patients.

13
Jun

KCC Post-doctoral selected as AICF Fellow

Claudia Capparelli, a post-doctoral fellow in  Dr. Andrew Aplin’s lab, has been selected as an American-Italian Cancer Foundation (AICF) Fellow for the 2014-15 academic year!   Ten were chosen out of an extraordinary pool of Italian talent and she will join several other accomplished second-year AICF fellows who are currently pursuing careers in cancer research in …

8
May

Is Good Health a Choice?: Richard Pestell at TEDxOccidentalCollege

In this talk, given at the TEDxOccidentaCollege meeting, Dr. Pestell explores cultural assumptions that drive cancer seeking behavior. He will reveal solutions that will empower you to live healthier starting today.

22
Apr

Dr. Aplin Wins Innovation Award

Congratulations to Dr Andrew Aplin, Department of Cancer Biology, has received the 2014 Jefferson Medical College Michael and Melina Pellini Award for Innovation in the Biomedical Sciences. The award is given “For the elucidation/description of a specific discovery, technique, or instrument/device that has led to new concepts or approaches to experimentation or patient care.”

17
Mar

Dr. Richard Pestell Receives Advance Global Australian Award in Biotechnology Category

Dr. Pestell received the award for his work at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson as well as Prostagene, LLC, which is a biotechnology company he founded. Please see this Financial Review Article for more information bout this year’s Advance Global Australian Awards. Also please see this video clip of Dr. Pestell receiving the Advance …

27
Feb

Dr. Gomella elected to the Clinical Society of Genitourinary Surgeons

Leonard G. Gomella, MD, The Bernard W. Godwin Professor of Prostate Cancer, Chairman, Department of Urology, Associate Director, Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center, Clinical Director Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center Network, Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Journal of Urology has been elected to the Clinical Society of Genitourinary Surgeons. This is considered one of the most prestigious societies in the …

12
Dec

Jefferon’s Kimmel Cancer Center Holds 5th Annual Men’s Event

Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center hosted its 5th Annual Men’s Event to benefit prostate cancer research and awareness at the Prime Rib Restaurant on November 14. Below are some photos of the night, award ceremony and entertainment provided by Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time,” Jim Breuer of Saturday Night Live.

17
Sep

Kimmel Cancer Center “All Hands Meeting”

The Kimmel Cancer Center held it’s quarterly “All Hands” meeting on September 11, 2013. Dr. Richard Pestell, Director of the Kimmel Cancer Center, delivered his quarterly “State of the Cancer Center” address. Awards were presented in several categories. Two “Special Recognition” awards where presented to  Andrew Quong, PhD and Jeanine Voll (not pictured). The “Discovery …

16
Sep

A Link between Hormones and DNA Repair Provide New Clues to Treat Advanced Prostate Cancer

For advanced prostate cancers, new strategies for therapeutic intervention are urgently needed, and require a better understanding of how tumor cells go from slow growth to aggressive behaviors that threaten patient lives. A new study, published by Thomas Jefferson University’s Kimmel Cancer Center researchers in the September 11th online edition of the journal Cancer Discovery, …

16
Jul

Dr. Iozzo’s recent PNAS publication shows link between decorin to autophagy in endothelial cells

Dr. Renato Iozzo, MD, PHD, Professor of Pathology & Cell Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Kimmel Cancer Center member, and his group recently published results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) which show decorin functions as a tumor suppressor/anti-angiogenesis factor, in part, by inducing the autophagy of endothelial cells. The …

15
Jul

Ladies of Port Richmond Featured in Inquirer

Mary Louise Leuters is a two-time breast cancer survivor and president of the Ladies of Port Richmond, a local group of breast cancer survivors who have raised over $400,000 for breast cancer research in the last nine years.Nearly 300,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and 40,000 will die from it, …

3
Jul

Keatley Foundation Donation

The Keatley Foundation made a generous $10,000 donation to the Kimmel Cancer Center.   Events like their second annual Beef and Beer contributed to this generous donation. The Keatley Foundation was created by Bob Lyons during his treatment at Jefferson Hospital. The foundation name comes from the street name where Bob lives. According to Bob, That …

18
Jun

KCC Investigator wins Prostate Cancer Foundation Benjamin Franklin Young Investigator Award

Matthew Schiewer, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Karen Knudsen’s lab in the Department of Cancer Biology, is the recent recipient of a Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award. Dr. Schiewer’s investigations will focus on the role of PARP-1 in DNA damage repair and the inhibition of PARP with specific medications as a potential therapy …

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