Category Announcement

4
May

Kathleen O’Doherty Joins SKCC In Joint Navigator Position

We are excited to announce that Kathleen O’Doherty, RN, BSN, OCN, has joined us in the role of Nursing Care Coordinator: Oncology Outreach, a joint navigator position between Main Line Health Cancer Care and The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson. Kathleen will work closely with physicians and members of the multidisciplinary care teams at both institutions …

1
May

Dr. Veda Giri Featured on Congressional Directed Medical Research Programs Website

The research of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center investigator Veda Giri, MD, has been highlighted on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) website. Giri and her team received funding from the U.S. Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) to conduct studies on men at high risk for aggressive prostate cancer.  She and her …

28
Apr

Opening Up Chromatin for Cell Differentiation

Two new studies from the laboratory of Alex Mazo, PhD, at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, along with collaborators from SKCC, the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience at Thomas Jefferson University, and other institutions, provide new insights into the structure of chromatin and its implications for cellular differentiation.  The new work, appearing in …

25
Apr

New Insights into G Protein-Coupled Receptor Signaling and Regulation

A collaborative study by the laboratories of Jeffrey L. Benovic, PhD,  in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Thomas Jefferson University and the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, and Dr. Brian K. Kobilka in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine provides new insights into a …

5
Apr

Promising New Results in Lung Cancer Research

Investigators at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have uncovered a new regulatory pathway with important implications for lung cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of all cancer-related deaths worldwide, with 85% of all cases consisting of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). A major obstacle to successfully treating NSCLC  is that many patients …

30
Mar

2017 Ocular Melanoma Foundation–AACR Fellowship Awarded to Vivian Chua

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is pleased to announce that Vivian Chua, PhD, has been awarded a 2017 Ocular Melanoma Foundation–American Associate for Cancer Research (AACR) Fellowship for her project, “Novel Epigenetic Targeting Approaches in Uveal Melanoma.” This one-year, $50,000 grant recognizes the significant impact of Dr. Chua’s research, its relevance to the …

29
Mar

Christine Bonaccorso Named Administrative Director of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network

Please join us in congratulating Christine Bonaccorso, RN, BSN, OCN, on assuming the position of Administrative Director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network. Over the past several months, Bonaccorso has proven to be an outstanding leader while serving as Interim Director, playing a critical role in several projects that have greatly enhanced the Cancer Network. …

24
Mar

Noelle Williams Inducted into Gold Humanism Honor Society

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson would like to congratulate Noelle L. Williams, MD, who has been selected for induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society Resident Chapter of Thomas Jefferson University. The Gold Humanism Honor Society recognizes students, residents, and faculty who are exemplars of compassionate patient care and who serve as role …

23
Mar

Ralph Zinner and Amy Leader Awarded ACT Research Grant from Free to Breathe

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is pleased to announce that Ralph Zinner, MD, and Amy Leader, DrPH, MPH, are the winners of the second Accelerate Clinical Trials (ACT) Research Grant Award from Free to Breathe, an organization devoted to improving the treatment and survival of lung cancer patients.  The ACT grant is a funding …

21
Mar

Unite for HER Wellness Day – April 2, 2017

  The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson encourages Jefferson Hospital System breast cancer patients to participate in the upcoming “Unite for HER Wellness Day” event to be held on Sunday, April 2, 2017. This event will allow breast cancer patients to meet in a small group setting with trained professionals to learn about complementary …

15
Mar

RNA-Regulated Mechanism Validated as a Target in GI Tract Cancers

Investigators from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson University, and Drexel University have uncovered a critical regulatory mechanism involved in pancreatic and colorectal cancer progression. The study results were recently published in Molecular Cancer Research. The researchers investigated the role of the RNA-binding protein HuR (also known as ELAVL1) in gastrointestinal (GI) …

17
Feb

Researchers Build Pan-Cancer Biomarker Tool to Categorize Multiple Cancer Types

Researchers at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson recently discovered that isomiRs (small non-coding RNA molecules produced in a cell) are powerful enough to accurately classify samples that can belong to 32 types of cancer. The research was published in the journal Nucleic Acids Research. Work in recent years has revealed that microRNAs (miRNAs), small …

27
Jan

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Welcomes Pierluigi Porcu

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is pleased to announce the appointment of Pierluigi Porcu, MD, as the new Director of the Hematologic Malignancies and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Division in the Department of Medical Oncology, effective December 1, 2016. Dr. Porcu comes to Jefferson from The Ohio State University in Columbus, where he …

18
Jan

Doylestown Health Joins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network at Jefferson

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network at Jefferson and Doylestown Health will officially join forces effective January 1, 2017. The affiliation combines the expertise of a leading academic medical center and a community health system with a reputation for delivering quality health care. As the newest member of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network (SKCN) at Jefferson, …

13
Jan

Maria Werner-Wasik Receives New Jefferson Appointments

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is pleased to announce that Maria Werner-Wasik, MD, FASTRO, has been appointed to the position of Executive Vice Chair for Radiation Oncology Integration and the Walter Curran Professor of Radiation Oncology.  As the Executive Vice Chair, she will focus her activities on harmonizing and integrating all clinical radiation …

7
Dec

Jefferson Breast Cancer Researcher Named Margaret Q. Landenberger Professor

Nicole Simone, MD, has been named the Margaret Q. Landenberger Professor. The professorship, which focuses on breast cancer research, was established in 2006 by the Margaret Q. Landenberger Research Foundation. Dr. Simone will be the second holder of the professorship. “Dr. Simone is a cancer research pioneer who has dedicated her entire career to discovering …

21
Nov

Dr. Sara Meyer Joins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is pleased to announce the appointment of Sara Meyer, PhD, as a new assistant professor in the department of Cancer Biology effective November 1, 2016. Previously, Dr. Meyer was a postdoctoral fellow at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Meyer received her PhD in Cell and Molecular Cancer …

26
Oct

Dr. Grace Lu-Yao Joins Jefferson

Grace Lu-Yao, PhD, MPH, recently joined the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson as part of the center’s growing population science program. She is now serving as the Associate Director for Population Science at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson and the Vice Chair and professor in the department of medical oncology at the …

11
Oct

Dr. Andrew Chapman Named Interim Chief of Cancer Services

To address the needs and complexity of our growing enterprise, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson (SKCC) has announced that Andrew Chapman, DO, FACP, will serve in an interim role as the new enterprise-wide Chief of Cancer Services, a role that will also include Aria-Jefferson Health and Abington-Jefferson Health. Dr. Chapman brings significant expertise from …

13
Sep

2016 ASTRO Annual Meeting

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting is the premier radiation oncology scientific event in the world and draws more than 11,000 attendees each year. The 2016 Annual Meeting, taking place Sept. 25-28 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, will feature research from various members of the department of radiation oncology at …

7
Sep

Teen Wraps Cancer Patients in Love

Like many teenagers, Eve Korus, 17, has a lot on her plate. The Westport, Conn. high school senior keeps busy with homework, college planning, and soccer, but she still finds time to give back to the community — especially patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer. On Aug. 30, patients and employees at the Jefferson Infusion …

6
Sep

Join Team SKCC for the AACR Rock and Roll Marathon

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center is proud to be a 2016 Sponsor for the AACR Rock and Roll Marathon  and 5k. Our team will be competing in the 5K on Saturday September 17, 2016. Click the Link — (Team SKCC) and click the JOIN TEAM button in the right hand corner. Upon receiving a completed …

4
Apr

Dr. Mitchell named to the Blue Ribbon Panel

Vice-President Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative Today, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, announced a Blue Ribbon Panel of scientific experts, cancer leaders, and patient advocates that will inform the scientific direction and goals at NCI of Vice President Joe Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative. The panel will serve …

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 …

9
Nov

The Perfect Match Might Be the Imperfect One

When it comes to treating blood cancers like leukemia and lymphomas, new research shows that a half-matched donor bone marrow transplant may be just as good as a full match, in the first apples to apples type comparison of its kind. (PHILADELPHIA) – Bone marrow transplantation is a life-saving therapy for many patients with blood …

3
Nov

What is Ocular Melanoma – Dr. Sato in Cooking Light Magazine

Dr. Takami Sato and the Shields Team at Wills Eye are mentioned in an issue of Cooking light magazine for the amazing work the do with Ocular Melanoma. See Full Article http://simmerandboil.cookinglight.com/2015/11/02/what-is-ocular-melanoma/  

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

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 …

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. 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.

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.

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 …

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 …

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.

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