The abstract submission deadline for the 21st Annual Meeting of the Translational Research Cancer Centers Consortium has been extended to January 20. The WVU Cancer Institute is the organizing center of this year’s meeting titled Out of the Valley: Moving Mountains for the Immunotherapy of Cancer and scheduled for February 14-16, 2018, at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, PA. Visit www.trccc.org for registration, abstract submission, and additional details.
Keynote presentations will be made by two outstanding researchers: Dr. Robert L. Ferris, director of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and Hillman Professor of Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh and Dr. Pamela Ohashi, PhD, FRSC, professor in the department of immunology and medical biophysics at the University of Toronto. She also is director of the Immune Therapy Program at Ontario Cancer Institute.
Cancer Institute Director Rich Goldberg, MD; HSC Senior Associate Vice President for Research & Graduate Education and Cancer Institute Deputy Director Laura Gibson, PhD; and Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and Cancer Institute researcher David Klinke, PhD, are the chairs of the event, which brings together leaders in immunotherapy and other biologic therapies. Patrick Ma, MD, co-leader of the Cancer Institute’s Allen Lung Cancer Program, will present a talk titled Immunotherapies in lung cancer and Dr. Goldberg will present a talk on the extraordinary results of a clinical trial that saved the life of one of his patients at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The boy’s and girl’s basketball teams at Barrackville Middle School are raising breast cancer awareness and supporting the WVU Cancer Institute in the fight against the disease. The players recently hosted their second annual pink out game against St. Francis at North Marion High School where they presented a check for $850 to the WVU Cancer Institute for breast cancer research. They, along with the St. Francis players, raised the money by selling pink t-shirts to their friends, families and others in their community. “Our athletes and coaches feel strongly about supporting this cause and want to help find a cure for breast cancer,” Russell Hixenbaugh, teacher and girl’s basketball coach at Barrackville Middle, said.
Several members of the WVU women’s basketball team made a surprise visit to the WVU Cancer Institute in Morgantown this past week. It was an opportunity for them to talk with patients in the infusion center and present each with a silk rose.