Hold Your Breath to Protect Your Heart

Dr. Pramila Rani Anne

Dr. Pramila Rani Anne

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 Eldredge-Hindy, first author of the article, explained “We wanted to determine how effective breath-hold could be in shielding the heart from extraneous radiation exposure during treatment of the left breast.” Dr. Pramila Rani Annne, senior author of the article, remarked “Given that this technique helps to shield the heart during radiation treatment for breast cancer, we routinely offer breast cancer treatment with the breath hold technique at Jefferson.”



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

Angel Medina

Angel Medina

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.




Dr. Carmine Fedele is awarded an AICF Fellowship

Dr. Carmine Fedele

Dr. Carmine Fedele

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 their website




Dr. Nevalainen wins SKCC Innovator of the Year Award

Drs. Pestell and Nevalainen

Drs. Pestell and Nevalainen

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.




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.

Oncology Infusion Center Toy Drive

Oncology Infusion Center Toy Drive




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 composed primarily of a Poster Session from SKCC Consortium graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Below, is list of the winners from the Poster Session:

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Poster Awards:
1st    Fernando Blanco, PhD
2nd   Edward Hartsough, PhD
3rd   Atul Goyal, PhD

Graduate Student Poster Awards:
1st    Debra Klopfenstein
2nd  Sergey Karakashev
3rd   Valerie Sodi

Below is a selection of photos from the day’s event and here is the days agenda.



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

2014 SKCC Tribute Dinner

2014 SKCC Tribute Dinner

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 about the event click here and here

 



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

Dr. Leonard Gomella

Dr. Leonard Gomella

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 structures to design and prioritize national cancer related clinical trials. The GUSC charge is to prioritize and review concepts for phase 2 and phase 3 clinical trials and provide a forum for critical review of concepts for new trials by a broad spectrum of experts from across the NCI-supported clinical trials enterprise and from international partners.

Dr. Gomella, one of the founding members of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, also serves as Clinical Director for the Jefferson Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network and as Urology Chair for NRG, formerly the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group. In addition to being recognized as an outstanding clinician in regional and national “Top Doctor” listings, he is involved in translational basic science and clinical research in the development of new diagnostic techniques and treatments for prostate, bladder and kidney cancer.



Global Positioning at the Cancer Frontline

Richard G. Pestell, M.D., Ph.D.

Richard G. Pestell, M.D., Ph.D.

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 regions of the body).




Dr. Tu Dan Awarded ASTRO Seed Grant

Dr Tu Dan

Dr Tu Dan

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 $25,000.  Dr. Dan was selected from over 50 applicants and only 2 grants were given.




Amanda Taylor Receives 5 Year NCI Fellowship

Amanda Taylor

Amanda Taylor

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”.




Dr. Curry Receives Grant to Investigate Head and Neck Cancer

Joseph Curry, MD

Joseph Curry, MD

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 of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Curry will investigate metabolic coupling between cancer and stromal cells in head and neck cancer and its role in carcinoma cell proliferation and resistance to apoptosis.

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Centralized Otolaryngology Research Efforts (CORE) grants program is a collaboration of several societies, foundations, and industry supporters focused on providing support for research in the field of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.




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

Dr. Gabriele Di Sante

Dr. Gabriele Di Sante

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.



Dr. Pestell and Austrailian Prime Minister

Dr. Richard Pestell and the Honorable Tony Abbott

Dr. Richard Pestell and the Honorable Tony Abbott

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 going over that plan with Prime Minister Abbott to strengthen our international relations here at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University.



KCC Collaborating with BioBank Graz

From left to right Prof. Berthold Huppertz, Dr. Richard Pestell, Prof Peter Holzer and Amir Oryan.

From left to right Prof. Berthold Huppertz, Dr. Richard Pestell, Prof Peter Holzer and Amir Oryan.

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.



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.



KCC Post-doctoral selected as AICF Fellow

Dr. Claudia Capparelli

Dr. Claudia Capparelli

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 the US.

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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.



Dr. Aplin Wins Innovation Award

Dr. Andrew Aplin

Dr. Andrew Aplin

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.”




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

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Dr, Richard Pestell

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Dr, Richard Pestell

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 Global Australian Award in Biotechnology at the Sydney Opera House.