JUNE 2014

university of illinois CANCER CENTER



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Congratulations to CB member Robert Winn, MD, Vice President for Health Affairs - Community Based Practice; Karriem Watson, MS, Manager of Community Engaged Research for the University of Illinois Cancer Center; Victor LaGroon, Manager of Engagement and Strategic Partnerships for the University of Illinois Cancer Center, and Shaan Trotter, Administrative Director of the Office of Equity and Minority Health for the Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, who were participants in the “Mission” video, a project from Grammy-winning recording artist, Lupe Fiasco.  In an effort to raise funding for Stand Up to Cancer, Fiasco wrote “Mission” in reflection of his personal experiences with cancer and those that he is close with, and to represent the mission that all of us are on to eradicate cancer personally and within our communities.  As his collaboration with Stand Up to Cancer continues, Lupe’s album, Tetsuo & Youth, will be released in October.  “Mission” is available on iTunes at http://smarturl.it/LupeMission and at the official “Mission” website at www.WeAreOnAMission.org.”

Lupe       Tmason
Art for Lupe Fiasco's Stand Up to Cancer "Mission"       The men featured on the Doctor in the House Show on WVON 1690 AM

Victor LaGroon also co-hosted the Doctor in the House Show on WVON 1690AM, where his guests included (L-R)  Dr. Adam Murphy, Urologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital; Shaan Trotter, Administrative Director of the Office of Equity and Minority Health for the Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University;  Kwesi R. Harris, Director of the African American Male Resource Center for Chicago State University; and the Cancer Center’s Karriem Watson, MS.


Congratulations to CTT member Hayat Onyuksel, PhD, Professor, Pharmaceutics and Bioengineering, Department of Biopharmaceutical Science, on her presentation at the New Technologies for Biologics Delivery and Targeting Conference, part of the Biologics Formulation & Delivery Summit, currently being held at the Seaport World Trade Center, in Boston.  Dr. Onyuksel is presenting on “Safe and Stable Peptide Nanomedicines Targeted to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Lung Injury and Diabetes.”

Source: Onyuksel, Hayat, PhD. "Safe and Stable Peptide Nanomedicines Targeted to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Lung Injury and Diabetes." Shaping the Future of Delivering Biotherapeutics: What's on the Horizon. Proc. of CHI's New Technologies for Biologics Delivery and Targeting Conference - Overview - Biologics Formulation and Delivery Summit, Seaport World Trade Center, Boston. Cambridge Healthtech Institute, n.d. Web. 6 May 2014. <http://www.healthtech.com/Conferences_Overview.aspx?id=133170&libID=133118>.


Congratulations to PHBO member Denise Hynes, PhD, MPH, RN, Professor of Medicine and Health Policy Administration, on her recent graduation from  The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM®) Program at Drexel University College of Medicine. The year-long program prepares women for roles in senior leadership, diversity and innovation, all within a supportive, mentored program. Though intensive, the programmatic components often lead to strategic gains and institutional changes that can effectively address the challenges of the modern healthcare system.

Source: "News from the Division of Health Promotion Research." Updates from the Chair 2 (9 May 2014): 1. Print.
"ELAM Names New Class of Fellows." Drexelmed.edu. Drexel University College of Medicine, n.d. Web. 30 May 2014. <https://www.drexelmed.edu/Home/OtherPrograms/ExecutiveLeadershipinAcademicMedicine/News/ctl/Details/mid/42388/ItemID/441.aspx>.


Congratulations to CB member Pradip Raychaudhuri, PhD, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, on receiving an R01 grant for his research, titled "FOXM1 in Breast Cancer." The goal of Dr. Raychaudhuri's research is "to investigate the mechanism that leads to high-grade progression. We will test the hypotheses that the transcriptional regulator FOXM1 plays a major causal role in the development of high-grade, aggressive breast cancer, and that inhibition of FOXM1 will impede high-grade progression by inducing tumor differentiation." (Raychaudhuri, 2014)

Source: Raychaudhuri, Pradip. "Project Information 1RO1CA-177655-01A1." NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools. US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, 20 May 2014. Web. 05 June 2014. <http://projectreporter.nih.gov/project_info_description.cfm?aid=8687318&icde=0>.


Winn Victor Karriem Hayat Denise Pradip
Dr. Robert Winn
Victor LaGroon
Karriem Watson, MS
Dr. Hayat Onyuksel
Dr. Denise Hynes
Dr. Pradip Raychaudhuri


The Cancer Center Protocol Review Committee is now using the OnCore Clinical Trials Management System, a web-based software application, to replace the paper protocol submission process.  This is intended to be a tool for all Cancer Center members.  It can be customized based on the needs of your individual research studies, and its functions include protocol management, subject management, custom case report form development, and sponsor billing.  Please contact Kris Hollingsworth at kholling@uic.edu or 3-4252 for more information or to schedule training on the OnCore system.


Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University

Case Western Reserve/University Hospitals

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center/Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Duke University

Harvard University

Indiana University

Johns Hopkins

Mayo Clinic

MD Anderson

Memorial Sloan-Kettering

MIT Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research

New York University

The Ohio State University

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Salk Institute for Biological Studies

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Stanford University

Temple University Fox Chase Cancer Center

Thomas Jefferson University

University of Alabama, Birmingham

University of California, Davis

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, San Diego

University of California, San Francisco

University of Chicago

University of Colorado Denver

University of Kansas Cancer Center

University of Michigan

University of North Carolina

University of Pennsylvania

University of Southern California

University of South Florida Moffitt Cancer Center

University of Texas, Houston

University of Texas, San Antonio

University of Texas, Southwestern

University of Utah, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

University of Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center





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Department of OB/GYN Resident Research Day

Friday, June 13, 2014; 1:00 – 2:00PM

COMRB Moss Auditorium 909 S. Wolcott

“Ovarian Masses: Tips for Differentiating Benign and Malignant Masses”

Featuring Elizabeth Puscheck, MD, MS, Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Wayne State University

RSVP to sdowty@uic.edu


Stephen L. Winter Lecture

Wednesday, June 18, 2014; 7:00-8:30AM

MBRB  Herman Auditorium 900 S. Ashland, Ave., 1st FL

“Early Detection and Diagnosis of Hepatocellular Carcinoma”

Featuring Jorge A. Marrero, MD, MS; Professor of Medicine, Chief of Clinical Hepatology, Medical Director of Liver Transplantation, Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases, UT Southwestern Medical Center


2014 CCTS Summer Program in Clinical and Translational Research Methods: Enhancing a Practitioner’s Toolkit

Tuesday, July 8 – Thursday, July 10, 2014; 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Student Center West, 2nd FL; 828 S. Wolcott

Featuring Lisa Anderson-Shaw, DrPH; Director, Clinical Ethics Consult Service, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System


SAVE THE DATE – Obesity and Cancer: Weighing the Evidence

Thursday, October 2, 2014; 8:30AM – 4:00PM

UIC College of Nursing Events Center;  Scheduled speakers include:

Lucille Adams-Campbell, PhD, Georgetown Lobardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, Washington University, St. Louis, Siteman Cancer Center

Vincent Freeman, MD, MPH, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois Cancer Center

Stephen Hursting, PhD, MPH, University of Texas at Austin, UT-MD Anderson Cancer Center

Virginia Kaklamani, MD, Northwestern University, Robert and Ann H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

Ece Mutlu, MD, Rush University Medical Center, Rush University Cancer Center

Melinda Stolley, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois Cancer Center

More details and registration information to follow in July!
This conference is sponsored by: The University of Illinois Cancer Center, Diet and Behavior Shared Resourcs


SAVE THE DATE – Targeting Cancer: 3rd Annual Update in Oncology Pharmacy
Saturday, October 11, 2014

UIC College of Pharmacy, 833 S. Wood St.  Room 134-1

More details to come!





The 18-month impact of special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children food package revisions on diets of recipient families.

Kong A, Odoms-Young AM, Schiffer LA, Kim Y, Berbaum ML, Porter SJ, Blumstein LB, Bess SL, Fitzgibbon ML.


Aberrant topoisomerase-1 DNA lesions are pathogenic in neurodegenerative genome instability syndromes.

Katyal S, Lee Y, Nitiss KC, Downking SM, Li Y, Shimada M, Zhao J, Russell HR, Petrini JH, Nitiss JL, McKinnon RJ.


Age-Specific Cancer Incidence Rates That Continue to Rise Through the Oldest Age Groups
           Thakkar JP, McCarthy BJ, Villano JL.


Assessment of high-intensity focused ultrasound treatment of rodent mammary tumors using ultrasound backscatter coefficients.
            Kemmerer JP, Ghoshal G, Karunakaran C, Oelze ML.


Associations between attention, affect and cardiac activity in a single yoga session for female cancer survivors: An enactive neurophenomenology-based approach.

Mackenzie MJ, Carlson LE, Paskevich DM, Ekkekakis P, Wurz AJ, Wytsma K, Krenz KA, McAuley E, Culos-Reed SN.


Awareness of Media-Based Anti-tobacco Messages Among a Community Sample of LGBT Individuals

Matthews AK, Balsam K, Hotton A, Kuhns L, Li CC, Bowen DJ.


Breast Cancer Screening Practices Among First-Generation Immigrant Muslim Women.
            Hasnain M, Menon U, Ferrans CE, Szalacka L.


Cathepsin B degradable star-shaped peptidic macromolecules for delivery of 2-methoxyestradiol.

Shankar R, Samykutty A, Riggin C, Kannan S, Wenzel U, Kolhatkar R.


Concordance of deregulated mechanisms unveiled in underpowered experiments: PTBP1 knockdown case study

Gardeux V, Arslan AD, Achour I, Ho T-T, Beck WT, Lussier YA.


Cyclin D1 Integrates Estrogen-Mediated DNA Damage Repair Signaling

Li Z, Chen K, Jiao X, Wang C, Willmarth NE, Casimiro MC, Li W, Ju X, Kim SH, Lisanti MP, Katzenellenbogen JA, Pestell RG.


Delta Healthy Sprouts: A randomized comparative effectiveness trial to promote maternal weight control and reduce childhood obesity in the Mississippi Delta.

Thomson JL, Tussing-Humphreys LM, Goodman MH.


Developing public health regulations for marijuana: lessons from alcohol and tobacco.

Pacula RL, Kilmer B, Wagenaar AC, Chaloupka FJ, Caulkins JP.


Development and Reliability Testing of a Fast-Food Restaurant Observation Form.

Rimkus L, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Powell LM, Zenk SN, Quinn CM, Barker DC, Pugach O, Resnick EA, Chaloupka FJ.


Dissemination of patient navigation programs across the United States.

Hedlund N, Risendal BC, Pauls H, Valverde PA, Whitley E, Esparza A, Stiehl E, Calhoun E.


Employment impact of sugar-sweetened beverage taxes.
            Powell LM, Wada R, Persky JJ, Chaloupka FJ.


Enhancing sulforaphane absorption an excretion in healthy men through the combined consumption of fresh broccoli sprouts and a glucoraphanin-rich powder.
             Cramer JM, Teran-Garcia M, Jeffery EH.


Genetically encoded fluorescent biosensors for live-cell imaging of MT1-MMP protease activity.
             Ouyang M, Lu S, Wang Y.


The impact of pathologic staging on the long-term oncologic outcomes of patients with clinically high-risk prostate cancer.

Abern MR, Terris MK, Aronson WJ, Kane CJ, Amling CL, Cooperberg MR, Freedland SJ.


Influence of conformal radiotherapy technique on survival after chemoradiotherapy for patients with stage III non-small cell lung cancer in the National Cancer Data Base.
          Sher DJ, Koshy M, Liptay MJ, Fidler MJ.


Integration of molecular profiling and chemical imaging to elucidate fibroblast-microenvironment impact on cancer cell phenotype and endocrine resistance in breast cancer.

Holton SE, Bergamaschi A, Katzenellenbogen BS, Bhargava R.


Integration of NNN Into EHRS: How Are We Doing? IJNK Virtual Issue.
           Keenan GM, Wilkie DK.


Interactions between dietary flavonoids apigenin or luteolin and chemotherapeutic drugs to potentiate anti-proliferative effect on human pancreatic cancer cells, in vitro.
            Johnson JL, Gonzalez de Mejia E.


Irradiation-induced angiogenesis is associated with a n MMP-9-miR-494-sundecan-1 regulatory loop in medulloblastoma cells.

Asuthkar S, Velpula KK, Nalla AK, Gogineni VR, Gondi CS, Rao JS.


Janus Kinase Inhibitors and Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation for Myelofibrosis

Gupta V, Gotlib J, Radich JP, Krōger NM, Rondelli D, Verstovsek S, Deeg HJ.


Long-term exposure to dietary sources of genistein induces estrogen-independence in the human breast cancer (MCF-7) xenograft model.

Andrade JE, Ju YH, Baker C, Doerge DR, Helferich WG.


Passive exposure to electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use increases desire for combustible and e-cigarettes in young adult smokers.

King AC, Smith LJ, McNamara PJ, Matthews AK, Fridberg DJ.


Peptides in common bean fractions inhibit human colorectal cancer cells. 

Luna Vital DA, González de Mejía E, Dia VP, Loarca-Piña G.


Perfusion Reduction at Transcatheter Intraarterial Perfusion MR Imaging: A Promising Intraprocedural Biomarker to Predict Transplant-Free Survival During Chemoembolization of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Wang D, Gaba RC, Jin B, Lewandowski RJ, Riaz A, Memon K, Ryu RK, Sato KT, Kulik LM, Mulcahy MF, Larson AC, Salem R, Omary RA.


Persistence and Healthcare Utilization Associated with the Use of Buprenorphine/Naloxone Film and Tablet Formulation Therapy in Adults with Opioid Dependence.
            Clay E, Khemiri A, Zah V, Aballéa S, Ruby J, Asche CV.


The prevalence of caries and tooth loss among participants in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos.

Beck JD, Youngblood M Jr., Atkinson JC, Mauriello S, Kaste LM, Badner VM, Beaver S, Becerra K, Singer R.


Sexual orientation disparities in adolescent cigarette smoking: intersections with race/ethnicity, gender, and age.

Corliss HL, Rosario M, Birkett MA, Newcomb ME, Buckting FO, Matthews AK.


Skin cancer and photoprotection in people of color: a review and recommendation for physicians and the public.

Agbai ON, Buster K, Sanchez M, Hernandez C, Kundu RV, Chiu M, Roberts WE, Taylor SC, Lim HW.


Survival of patients undergoing cytoreductive surgery for metastatic renal cell carcinoma in the targeted-therapy era.

Abern MR, Scosyrev E, Tsivian M, Messing EM, Polascik TJ, Dudek AZ.


Systemic and tumor level iron regulation in men with colorectal cancer: a case control study.

Pusacioglu CK, Nemeth E, Fantuzzi G, Llor X, Freels S, Tussing-Humphreys L, Cabay RJ, Linzmeier R, Ng D, Clark J, Braunschweig C


Taxes, prices and illicit trade: the need for sound evidence.

Chaloupka FJ.


T-oligo as an anticancer agent in colorectal cancer.

Wojdyla L, Stone AL, Sethakorn N, Uppada SB, Devito JT, Bissonnette M, Puri N.


uPAR and cathespin B-mediated compartmentalization of JNK regulates the migration of glioma-initiating cells.
            Alapati K, Kesanakurti D, Rao JS, Dasari VR.


USDA Snack Food and Beverage Standards: How Big of a Stretch for the States?
             Chriqui JF, Piekarz E, Chaloupka FJ.

Utilization of Nephron-Sparing Surgery and Impact on Patient Survival in Pediatric Wilms Tumor – a SEER Analysis.

Wang HH, Abern MR, Cost NG, Chu DI, Ross SS, Wiener JS, Routh JC.


Validating self-reported mammography use in vulnerable communities: findings and recommendations.

Allgood KL, Rauscher GH, Whitman S, Vasquez-Jones G, Shah AM.












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