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JADPRO Live Announces Dates for 2021 Annual Conference for Oncology Advanced Practitioners

The ASCO Post Staff  /  June 10, 2021

The Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology (JADPRO) is presenting JADPRO Live 2021, which will bring together more than 1,000 oncology advanced practitioners—nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and advanced degree nurses—in a virtual setting from October 7 to 17, 2021. ...

Eduardo M. Sotomayor, MD, to Lead New Tampa General Hospital Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post Staff  /  June 10, 2021

Tampa General hospital recently announced the appointment of Eduardo M. Sotomayor, MD, as Director of its newly established Cancer Institute. A pioneer in the field of cancer immunology and immunotherapy and an expert in lymphoma research and treatment, Dr. Sotomayor will lead a team of Tampa Gener...

The Ohio State Recruits Marcos J. de Lima, MD, to Lead Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy Programs

The ASCO Post Staff  /  June 10, 2021

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center–Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC–James) has recruited Marcos J. de Lima, MD, to lead its Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy programs, two key leadership positions within central Ohio’s...

Gustavo Fonseca, MD, FACP, Assumes New Role at Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute

The ASCO Post Staff  /  June 10, 2021

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) has named Gustavo “Gus” Fonseca, MD, FACP, as Medical Director of the Clinical Research Program. Dr. Fonseca will provide clinical leadership and oversight of the statewide practice’s extensive involvement in conducting phase I through IV cl...

Fox Chase Cancer Center’s Jennifer Barsky Reese, PhD, Receives New Investigator Award

The ASCO Post Staff  /  June 10, 2021

Jennifer Barsky Reese, PhD, Associate Professor for the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center, was recently recognized with the New Investigator Award from the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS). “I am extremely honored to get this award. This is a testament to...

National Advocacy Organization, Children’s Cancer Cause, Invites Applications for 2021 Survivorship Champion’s Prize

The ASCO Post Staff  /  June 10, 2021

The Children’s Cancer Cause is now accepting applications for its 2021 Survivorship Champion’s Prize. The annual award was established in 2020 to recognize a group, program, or institution making significant advances in programs and services to provide lifelong health maintenance for survivors of p...

Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance Awards $3.6 Million to Six Emerging Pioneers in Cancer Research

The ASCO Post Staff  /  June 10, 2021

The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance has announced the winners of the 2021 Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research, awarded annually to cancer research scientists and physician-scientists based in the greater New York City area. The prize, totaling $3.6 mil...

Roswell Park Immunologist Promoted to Endowed Chair Role

The ASCO Post Staff  /  June 10, 2021

Following a national search, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center has promoted Pawel Kalinski, MD, PhD, to Jacobs Family Endowed Chair of Immunology, Chief of the Division of Translational Immuno-Oncology, and Senior Vice President for Team Science. On staff at Roswell Park since 2017, Dr. Kalin...

The Brooklyn Cancer Center Announces New Chief of Hematology and Medical Oncology

The ASCO Post Staff  /  June 10, 2021

The Brooklyn Cancer Center has named hematologist-oncologist Maxim Shulimovich, DO, as its new Chief of Hematology and Medical Oncology. His recruitment promises to lead the cancer center as a unified division to provide expert care and culturally sensitive services for patients with all types of ca...

Carol L. Prives, PhD, FAACR, Receives 2021 AACR–G.H.A. Clowes Award for Outstanding Basic Cancer Research

The ASCO Post Staff  /  June 10, 2021

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) presented Carol L. Prives, PhD, FAACR, with the 2021 AACR–G.H.A. Clowes Award for Outstanding Basic Cancer Research during the virtual AACR Annual Meeting 2021. Dr. Prives, the Da Costa Professor of Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences ...

Two Memorial Sloan Kettering Experts Awarded for Pioneering Work

The ASCO Post Staff  /  June 10, 2021

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) recently announced that Larry Norton, MD, Senior Vice President, Office of the President; and Medical Director of the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center, has been elected to the American Academy of the Arts & Sciences, an honorary society that recognizes ...

New President and Executive Council Officers for the Society of Surgical Oncology

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 25, 2021

The Society ofSurgical Oncology (SSO) recently announced its 2021–2022 elected Executive Council Officers, including its new President, Douglas S. Tyler, MD, MSHCT, FSSO. Dr. Tyler currently holds the John Woods Harris Distinguished Chair in Surgery at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Gal...

Lisa M. Coussens, PhD, FAACR, Elected AACR President-Elect for 2021–2022

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 25, 2021

The members of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) have elected Lisa M. Coussens, PhD, FAACR, as their President-Elect for 2021–2022. She started her official role as President-Elect on April 12, 2021, during the AACR’s Business Meeting of Members and will assume the Presidency in ...

AACR to Recognize the St. Baldrick’s Foundation–SU2C Pediatric Cancer Dream Team With 2021 Team Science Award

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 25, 2021

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) will recognize the St. Baldrick’s Foundation–Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) Pediatric Cancer Dream Team with the 2021 AACR Team Science Award. In early 2013, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and SU2C collaborated to create a Pediatric Cancer Dream Tea...

AACR Announces Recipients of 2021 Scientific Achievement Awards and Lectureships

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 25, 2021

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) honored a number of cancer researchers, physician-scientists, advocates, and policymakers for their achievements during week 1 of the virtual AACR Annual Meeting 2021 (April 10–15, 2021). Several of these recipients were mentioned in previous issue...

Douglas R. Lowy, MD, FAACR, Honored With 2021 AACR–Margaret Foti Award

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 25, 2021

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) presented Douglas R. Lowy, MD, FAACR, with the 2021 AACR–Margaret Foti Award for Leadership and Extraordinary Achievements in Cancer Research during the virtual AACR Annual Meeting 2021. Dr. Lowy is Chief of the Laboratory of Cellular Oncology, ...

Stand Up To Cancer Funds $6 Million for Disparities in Cancer Clinical Trials Research

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 25, 2021

STAND UP TO CANCER® (SU2C) has awarded $6 million to a multi-institutional team headed by Mount Sinai researchers to collaborate with other New York institutions in an initiative that addresses disparities in cancer clinical trials participation by patients who are Black, indigenous, and people of c...

Ton Schumacher, PhD, FAACR, Receives 2021 AACR-CRI Lloyd J. Old Award in Cancer Immunology

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 25, 2021

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION for Cancer Research (AACR) recognized Ton Schumacher, PhD, FAACR, with the 2021 AACR-CRI Lloyd J. Old Award in Cancer Immunology during the virtual AACR Annual Meeting 2021 in April. The award recognizes an active scientist whose outstanding and innovative research has made ...

Nima Sharifi, MD, Receives 2021 AACR–Waun Ki Hong Award in Translational and Clinical Cancer Research

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 25, 2021

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION for Cancer Research (AACR) has recognized Nima Sharifi, MD, with the 2021 AACR–Waun Ki Hong Award for Outstanding Achievement in Translational and Clinical Cancer Research. Dr. Sharifi is Director of the Center for Genitourinary Malignancies Research at Lerner Research Inst...

Roswell Park, Wilmot Cancer Institute Collaborate in Study of Immunotherapy for Black Patients With Cancer

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 25, 2021

A NEW COLLABORATION between two Western New York cancer research leaders will help oncologists learn whether Black and White patients with cancer respond differently to immunotherapy and seek to improve the safety and effectiveness of these newer drugs in diverse populations. Funded by a 2-year, $2...

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Announces Its Largest Strategic Expansion

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 25, 2021

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is launching the biggest strategic investment in its nearly 60-year history, committing $11.5 billion during the next 6 years to accelerate research and treatment globally for children with catastrophic diseases. The Six-Year St. Jude Strategic Plan focuses on t...

Sloan Kettering Institute Researchers Awarded 2021 Kravis Women in Science Endeavor Fellowship Grants

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 25, 2021

Memorial Sloan kettering Cancer Center (MSK) announced that Sloan Kettering Institute (SKI) researchers Regina Bou Puerto and Mijin Kim, PhD, have been named 2021 Marie-Josée Kravis Women in Science Endeavor (Kravis WiSE) fellowship grant recipients. The Kravis WiSE initiative, created in 2020, prov...

AUA Names 2021 Award Recipients

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 25, 2021

Each year, the American Urological Association (AUA) honors the contributions of physician researchers and educators in the field of medicine, the specialty of urology, and the organization. The following individuals are the 2021 honorees: Ian M. Thompson Jr, MD, Ramon Guiteras Award, for outstandi...

American Academy of HIV Medicine Names Leslie McGorman, MPPA, as Director of Public Policy

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 25, 2021

The American Academy of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Medicine recently announced the appointment of Leslie McGorman, MPPA, as its new Director of Public Policy. A seasoned professional in both federal and state government affairs, Ms. McGorman possesses 20 years of health policy experience tha...

Agnes Witkiewicz, MD, to Lead Roswell Park’s Cancer Genetics and Genomics Department

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 25, 2021

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center has appointed Agnes ­Witkiewicz, MD, as Director of Cancer Genetics and Genomics. She will also hold the John & Santa Palisano Endowed Chair of Cancer Genetics. An internationally recognized clinician-scientist who combines groundbreaking laboratory rese...

Lustgarten Foundation–AACR Career Development Awards for Pancreatic Cancer Research

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 25, 2021

Dannielle Engle, PhD, of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and Avery D. Posey, PhD, of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, were announced at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2021 as the inaugural recipients of the Lustgarten F...

Patrizia Cavazzoni, MD, Named Director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 10, 2021

On April 12, Patrizia Cavazzoni, MD, was announced as the Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Janet Woodcock, MD, Acting Commissioner of the FDA, noted on Twitter: “Pleased to announce the permanent appointment of Patrizi...

Chênevert Family Brain Tumor Center Launched at Yale

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 10, 2021

Yale School of Medicine recently announced a gift to establish the Chênevert Family Brain Tumor Center at Yale Cancer Center. The Center will be a leading institution in worldwide neuro-oncology research, bringing groundbreaking solutions and hope to patients with brain tumors. The gift will suppor...

Maryam Lustberg, MD, MPH, Accepts Leadership Roles at Smilow Cancer Hospital, Yale Cancer Center

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 10, 2021

Maryam Lustberg, MD, MPH, has been appointed Director of The Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Chief of Breast Medical Oncology at Yale Cancer Center. She will also join the faculty at Yale Cancer Center as Associate Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology). Dr. Lustberg joins Yale from...

Frederick W. Alt, PhD, Honored With 2021 AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 10, 2021

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is recognizing geneticist Frederick W. Alt, PhD, with the 18th AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research. Dr. Alt is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, Director of the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Bosto...

New Director of Neuro-Oncology Named to Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 10, 2021

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey has appointed Michael E. Salacz, MD, as Director of its Neuro-Oncology Program. The Associate Professor of Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School joins Rutgers Cancer Institute from the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he served as Div...

UCLA Team Receives $6 Million From NIH to Explore New Pancreatic Cancer Therapies

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 10, 2021

A team of researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has been awarded two research grants totaling $6 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to identify new ways to treat pancreatic cancer. “Pancreatic cancer is one of t...

‘MethylationToActivity’: A Deep Learning Framework for Epigenetic Research

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 10, 2021

Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are using a type of machine learning to put a new twist on an established technique. The researchers created MethylationToActivity (M2A), a framework for using DNA methylation data to reveal promoter activity and gene expression. The results were p...

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Opens New State-of-the-Art Location

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 10, 2021

Dana-Farber Cancer Instituterecently announced a major expansion with the opening of a hospital facility in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, to provide increased cancer care and outpatient services for adult patients in the region. The new 140,000–square foot, state-of-art outpatient facility is locate...

City of Hope Renames Research Center as the Arthur Riggs Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 10, 2021

City of Hope has announced the renaming of its diabetes research center as the Arthur Riggs Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute, in honor of its long-time director and research pioneer. Arthur Riggs, PhD, is known for scientific achievements that include developing the technology leading ...

American Cancer Society Names Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD, as Its Next Chief Executive Officer

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 10, 2021

Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD, will be the next Chief Executive Officer of the American Cancer Society and its advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), starting June 1, 2021. She will take the reins from the retiring Gary Reedy, who has served as both organizatio...

Roswell Park Is First Site in Region Named a Resource for Patients With Rare Genetic Disease

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 10, 2021

Living with a genetic disorder that calls for regular monitoring, appropriate treatment, and emotional support calls for a multidisciplinary team that works together to coordinate patient care. Those diagnosed with von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease have a resource for complete and coordinated care in ...

Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University Names Kieron Dunleavy, MD, to Leadership Positions in Hematology

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 10, 2021

Kieron Dunleavy, MD, was appointed Director of Hematology at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University, in Washington, DC. He is now also Chief of the Lymphoma Program at Georgetown University. Dr. Dunleavy joined Lombardi/Georgetown earlier this year. He is former Professor ...

Cleveland Clinic Appoints Brian Bolwell, MD, FACP, to New Leadership Role; Jame Abraham, MD, to Serve as Acting Chair, Taussig Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 10, 2021

Brian Bolwell, MD, FACP, has been appointed to the newly created role of Chair, Physician Leadership and Development within the Mandel Global Leadership and Learning Institute at Cleveland Clinic. His new position is effective May 1, 2021. Dr. Bolwell has served as Chair of Cleveland Clinic Tauss...

Randall F. Holcombe, MD, MBA, Named Director of UVM Cancer Center and Chief of Hematology and Oncology

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 10, 2021

The Robert Larner, MD, College of Medicine at The University of Vermont (UVM), in collaboration with the UVM Health Network and the UVM Medical Center, has announced that Randall F. Holcombe, MD, MBA, has been appointed Director of the UVM Cancer Center and Chief of the Division of Hematology and On...

UPMC Hillman Names New Hematology Oncology Chief

The ASCO Post Staff  /  May 10, 2021

Taofeek K. Owonikoko, MD, PhD, will join the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UMPC) Hillman Cancer Center and Department of Medicine as Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology. A physician-scientist board-certified in medical oncology, hematology, and internal medicine, Dr. Owonikoko al...

Health-Care Policy

NCCN 2021 Virtual Annual Conference

The ASCO Post Staff  /  April 25, 2021

New recommendations to advance racial equity, ways to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer care, and ongoing strategies for preventing and controlling human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers led the conversation at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) 2021 Virt...

Neeraj Agarwal, MD, Named Senior Director of Clinical Research Innovation by Huntsman Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post Staff  /  April 25, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) announced the appointment of Neeraj Agarwal, MD, physician-scientist at HCI and Professor of Internal Medicine at the U of U, as Senior Director of Clinical Research Innovation. In this role, Dr. Agarwal will oversee critical compone...

CancerCare® Appoints Mark D. Peters II, PharmD, as Vice President for New Business Development and Outreach

The ASCO Post Staff  /  April 25, 2021

CancerCare, the leading national nonprofit organization providing free support services to anyone affected by cancer, recently welcomed Mark D. Peters II, PharmD, to its team as Vice President for New Business Development and Outreach. Dr. Peters, who has more than 30 years of clinical and admini...

Brendon Stiles, MD, Named Chief of Thoracic Surgery & Surgical Oncology at Montefiore and Albert Einstein

The ASCO Post Staff  /  April 25, 2021

Leading cardiothoracic surgeon and researcher Brendon Stiles, MD, has been appointed Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery & Surgical Oncology in the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Stiles will also jo...

Narjust Duma, MD, Appointed to Dual Role at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School

The ASCO Post Staff  /  April 25, 2021

Narjust Duma, MD, was recently named Associate Director of the Cancer Care Equity Program and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School. In her role at the Cancer Care Equity Program, Dr. Duma will develop strategies to diminish health-care disparities an...

IMF Launches Initiative to Improve Outcomes in Multiple Myeloma Among Black Americans

The ASCO Post Staff  /  April 25, 2021

The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) has begun a multiyear, multidisciplinary initiative, M-Power Charlotte, which is designed to promote the early diagnosis and treatment of myeloma in the Black community. The IMF is working with Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute’s Disparities & Outre...

Kathy Giusti, MBA; Nancy Pelosi; and Charles L. Sawyers, MD, FAACR, to Receive AACR Distinguished Public Service Awards

The ASCO Post Staff  /  April 25, 2021

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) will present Distinguished Public Service Awards to three individuals whose extraordinary work has exemplified the AACR’s mission to prevent and cure all cancers through research, education, communication, collaboration, science policy, advocacy, a...

AMA Salutes End to Ban on Transgender Americans in the Military

The ASCO Post Staff  /  April 25, 2021

On January 25, 2021, Susan R. Bailey, MD, President of the American Medical Association (AMA), issued the following statement: “The AMA welcomes the President’s decision to reverse the policy that largely barred transgender people from serving in the military, because there is no medically valid r...

NCI Statement on Ending Structural Racism in Biomedical Research

The ASCO Post Staff  /  April 25, 2021

On March 2, 2021, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) issued the following statement: As one of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the NIH [National Institutes of Health], the National Cancer Institute stands with [NIH Director] Dr. Francis Collins and the entire NIH in supporting UNITE. “...

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