June 17, 2013

university of illinois CANCER CENTER



The Cancer Center welcomes Joel Brown, PhD, Professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences.  Dr. Brown has joined the Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention program. Dr. Brown’s research focuses on evolutionary game theory and natural selection to "define cancer, model its dynamics and to suggest possible treatment strategies." Click here to learn more about Dr. Brown's current research.

Congratulations to Dr. Arek Dudek, as a recipient of the 2013-2014 International Development Fund Award! Dr. Dudek is planning to use this funding to bring an oncologist from Nicaragua to the United States for training. Dr. Dudek previously participated in the Medical Global Brigades program, in Jinotega, Nicaragua.

Congratulations to Marian Fitzgibbon, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Health Promotion Research, PHBO Program Leader; and Melinda Stolley, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Health Promotion Research, PHBO member on their recent NIH R25 award!  The R25 is designed to build an incomparable training foundation for fellows, providing them with a comprehensive education in health disparities across the spectrum of cancer.  The curriculum will focus on seven (or is it eight?) areas: Cancer Biology; Etiology/Epidemiology; Research Methods and Biostatistics; Population Science; Intervention Design and Implementation; Scientific Presentations and Publications; Proposal Design; and Ethical Conduct of Research. In addition to participation in weekly seminars and a variety of Cancer Center programs, fellows will regularly meet with experts within the field of cancer-related disparities, providing a fully mentored experience and an opportunity to launch independent research in the University of Illinois environment.

Brown   Dudek   marian   Melinda
Dr. Joel Brown
Dr. Arek Dudek
Dr. Marian Fitzgibbon
Dr. Melinda Stolley



The Italian Cultural Institute was the site of Advancing the Art and Science of Robotic Surgery, a scientific program presented by the UIHHSS Department of Surgery.  Named an official event of the 2013 Year of Italian Culture and supported by the Italian Consulate General, HE Adriano Monti, the Cancer Center also joined in this effort, to recognize the contribution of robotic surgery to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.  Following opening remarks by Silvio Marchetti, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute, the morning session addressed the function and utilization of robotics in the surgical arena.  Areas of focus included urology, gastric surgery, colorectal, transplant, HPB, gynecology and a clinical debate looking at limitations, problems and the future of robotic surgery. The afternoon session broadened the scope of robotic surgery, looking at translational research, novel applications and revolutionizing the OR within the context of the medical center.  The afternoon concluded with an exciting presentation drawing upon the surgical expertise of Dr. Pier Cristoforo Giulianotti and Architects Arturo Vittori  and Andreas Voegle, of Architecture and Vision.  Together, an animated adventure provided a futuristic glimpse of clinical care within the endless opportunities of state-of-the-art technology.

Scientific presentations were given by CTTI members Pier Cristoforo Giulianotti, MD, Lloyd Nyhus Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Division of General, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Arek Dudek, MD, PhD, Professor of Hematology/Oncology, Medical Director for Clinical Trials at the University of Illinois Chicago;  and Damiano Rondelli, MD, Michael Reese Professor of Hematology, Section Chief of Hematology/Oncology, Director of the Stem Cell Transplantation Program at the University of Illinois Chicago.  Additional presentations from the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System included Kocjancic Ervin, MD, Assistant Professor, Director of Pelvic Health and Reconstructive Urology in the Department of Urology; Enrico Benedetti, MD, FACS, Professor, Head of the Department of Surgery, and Co-Director of the Transplant Center; and Salvatore Lo Coco, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical OB/GYN and Chair, Department of OB/GYN at the University of Illinois in Peoria.

Presentations from Urbana-Champaign faculty were given by William Sanders, PhD, Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering; Lui Sha, PhD, Professor, Donald B. Gillies Chair, Department of Computer Science; and Irfan Ahmad, PhD, Executive Director for the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Research Faculty in the Departments of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, College of Engineering and Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Finally, guest participants included Andrea Coratti, MD, Director of General and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Grosseto, ITALY; Giuseppe Spinoglio, MD, Chief of Surgical Department in General and Oncologic Surgery at Alessandria National Hospital, in Alessandria, ITALY; Sal Brogna, MS, Senior Vice President of Product Development, Intuitive Surgical, Inc.; Architect Arturo Vittori of Architecture and Vision; and Italian Ambassador, HE Claudio Bisogniero.

The day closed with a spectacular concert at the Harris Theater.  Leading the Chicago Philharmonic was conductor and Sony Classical artist, Mattia Rondelli, accompanied by pianist Susan Merdinger, in a celebration of Italian and American pieces that recognized the fusion of cultures and collaborations through art and science. 

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Architect Arturo Vittori and Dr. Pier Cristoforo Giulianotti

Dr. Rondelli addressing the audience about the cost of cancer treatment in the context of diagnostic and minimally invasive technology
  Sal Brogna discussing the robotic surgery industry  
(L-R) Dr. Irfan Ahmad, Dr. Enrico Benedetti, Arturo Vittori, Dr. Pier Cristoforo Giulianotti and Dr. William Sanders




On behalf of the Cancer Center, we would like to invite you to The Marramiero Wine Tasting, presented by the UIHHSS Blood and Marrow Transplant Center and the Cancer Center.  Benefiting the Perry Family Patient Assistance Fund, guests will have the opportunity to sample five premiere Italian wines from Marramiero, of Abruzzo, Italy.  Tickets are $250 each, and the event will take place from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, at the College of Medicine Faculty Alumni Lounge, 1819 W. Polk St., in Room 119.  The Perry Family Patient Assistance Fund has previously contributed to the renovation of the UIHHSS Bone and Marrow Transplant rooms.  Our partnership with the Perry Family ensures that our patients receive the most effective treatment with the highest standard of care and state-of-the-art technology, as we continue to develop novel blood cancer therapies .  For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Heather Schuster at hsteinbe@uic.edu or 312-355-5138.


UICC presentations from ASCO will be included in the next Update.

To review news released by ASCO, please click here.

The following articles and abstracts were released at ASCO:




College of American Pathologists

Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine

Fox Chase Cancer Center

Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Johns Hopkins

Mayo Clinic


MD Anderson

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Mount Sinai Medical Center


Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG)

Thomas Jefferson University

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine



Albert Einstein/Montefiore Cancer Care Center

Baylor University

Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Cold Spring Harbor Cancer Center

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dartmouth/Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Duke University School of Medicine

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Indiana University

Johns Hopkins

Mayo Clinic

Moffitt Cancer Center/University of South Florida

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of California, Irvine

University of California, Davis


UCLA/UC Santa Cruz

University of California, San Diego

University of California, San Francisco

University of Colorado Cancer Center


University of Michigan

University of North Carolina School of Medicine

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Virginia Commonwealth University

Washington University

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

The Wistar Institute




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CCS Program Seminar
June 18, 2013; 12:00 PM; MBRB Herman Auditorium, 900 S. Ashland Ave.

“Role of Arylsulfatase B as a Tumor Suppressor”

Featuring Joanne Tobacman, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago


UIC CCTS Summer Program in Clinical and Translational Research Methods

July 9-11, 2013

For more information or to register, please contact Biruté Petrauskas at birutep@uic.edu or 312-413-5429.





Chemoembolic hepatopulmonary shunt reduction to allow safe yttrium-90 radioempbolization of lobectomy of hepatocellular carcinoma.
            Gaba RC, et al.

Critical window hypothesis of hormone therapy and cognition: a scientific update on clinical studies.
            Maki PM

Diet, microbiota, and microbial metabolites in colon cancer risk in rural Africans and African Americans.
            Gaskings HR, et al.

Effect of NQO1 and CYP4F2 genotypes on warfarin dose requirements in Hispanic-Americans and African-Americans.
            Campbell RT, Kittles RA, et al.

Genetic Susceptibility Variants Associated with Colorectal Cancer Prognosis
            Xicola RM, Llor X, et al.

Investigating Ocular Dimensions in African Americans With Long Anterior Zonules.
            McCarthy B, Davis F, et al.

Irradiation-induced angiogenesis is associated with an MMP-9-miR-494-syndecan-1 regulatory loop in medulloblastoma cells.
            Gondi CS, et al.

Notch signaling regulates tumor-induced angiogenesis in SPARC-overexpressed neuroblastoma.
            Gondi C, et al.

Oligo- and polymetastatic progression in lung metastatsis(es) patients is associated with specific microRNAs.
            Lussier YA, et al.

Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer in Women

Dolecek TA, Kaste LM, et al.

Linda Kaste, PHD, Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry in the College of Dentistry, and Dr. Leslie Halpern of the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, co-edited the April 2013 issue of “Dental Clinics of North America,” titled ”Evidence-based Women’s Oral Health.”

Source:  Kaste, Linda and Leslie Halpern. “Women’s Oral Health: Growing Evidence for Enhancing Perspectives.”  Dental Clinics of North America 57.2 (2013): 15-18. Theclinics.com Elsevier Inc., Apr. 2013. Web 13 2013.


The research of Larissa Nonn, PhD, and Richard van Breeman, PhD, titled Effects of lycopene on protein expression in human primary prostatic epithelial cells ,was addressed in an article in the June 11, 2013, edition of The Wall Street Journal.

Source: Lukits, Ann. "The Secret to Tomato Sauce's Power." The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones and Company, 11 June 2013. Web. 11 June 2013. <http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323844804578531313972915362.html?mod=ITP_personaljournal_1>.


Richard van Breeman, PhD, was quoted in the following article: Natural medicine education on the rise.

Source: "Natural Medicine Education on the Rise." Drug Store News. Lebhar-Friedman, 10 June 2013. Web. 11 June 2013. <http://www.drugstorenews.com/article/natural-medicine-education-rise>.





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