I am pleased to announce the recipients of this year's Pilot Grant Awards Program. We received more than 45 outstanding applications for funding and were able to support 10 projects, all wonderful examples of integrated translational research here at Yale Cancer Center.
Congratulations to the following recipients:
Jeffrey L. Sklar, MD, PhD, Joachim Baehring, MD, and Anita Hunter, MD, PhD
Development and Application of a Novel Diagnostic Method for in Situ Assessment of Tissue Clonality
Tae Hoon Kim, PhD, David Tuck, MD, and Lyndsay Harris, MD
Epigenetic Modulation of Breast Cancer Amplicons
Akiko Iwasaki, PhD and Daniel DiMaio, MD, PhD
Suppression of Dendritic Cells by HPV+ Cervical Cancer
Elias Lolis, PhD and Edward Chu, MD
Structural Basis for Translational Auto-regulation of Thymidylate Synthase and Dihydrofolate Reductase
Abhijit Patel, MD, PhD and Roy Decker, MD, PhD
Tumor-derived Circulating Mutant K-ras DNA as a Biomarker for Radiation Response: A Novel Deep Sequencing Approach
Frank J. Slack, PhD
Mouse Transgenic microRNA Models of Cancer
Ruslan Medzhitov, PhD
Role of Macrophages in Intestinal Tumorigenesis
Joshua N. VanHouten, PhD
PMCA2, Apoptosis and Skeletal Metastatic Disease in Breast Cancer
Yong Zhu, PhD
Wm. Kevin Kelly, DO
Fusion Genes, Circadian Genes and High Grade Prostate Cancer
Cary P. Gross, MD
A Novel Approach to Assessing the Health Status of Older Patients with Colon Cancer
All cancer center faculty members are invited to the Yale Cancer Center Faculty Conclave, a new event that I plan to schedule annually.
Please save the date for the evening of Monday, November 23rd. Details will follow.
Please join us for our first Grand Rounds presentation of the academic year on Tuesday, September 15th at noon in Brady Auditorium. We are launching a new format for the Rounds, featuring two 20-minute presentations. Attendance at Grand Rounds is an important component of Yale Cancer Center membership.
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The construction team at Smilow Cancer Hospital is working on the finishing details of the entrance and lobby for the building opening in October. Final set-up is in progress on the 4 MRIs that are installed in the building. The Radiation Oncology (LL), the Breast Center (1), and Gynecologic Oncoloy (1) clinic spaces are nearly complete. On the second floor, the diagnostic radiology space is in the final stages of construction. All elevators are scheduled for installation within the next two weeks.
Shared Resource Highlight
The Immune Monitoring Core Facility provides a core resource for clinical and translational research protocols that involve immunotherapy and/or that affect the human immune system. Consultations regarding optimal immunologic assessment, assay development for innovative evaluation approaches, and provision of assays on a fee-for-service basis are all part of our mission.
For more information on the services of the Immune Monitoring Shared Resource or to request a service, please visit their website.
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