MARCH 2014

university of illinois CANCER CENTER


Congratulations to the following Pilot Project awardees:

CB member Srilata Bagchi, PhD, Associate Professor, Center for Molecular Biology of Oral Diseases; co-PI  and CCP member Joel Schwartz, DMD, DMedSc, Professor, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences; and co-Investigator and CB member Pradip Raychaudhuri, PhD, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, for their project “DDB2 knockout mouse model for tobacco-metabolite induced oral carcinogenesis.”

CTT member Wawrzyniec Dobrucki, PhD, Assistant Professor, Experimental Molecular Imaging Laboratory, in the Beckman Institute of Bioengineering;  co-PI and CTT member Gnanasekar Munirathinam, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences;  and co-Investigators Andrew Smith, PhD, Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, and CCP member Andre Kajdacsy-Balla, MD, PhD, Professor, Pathology, for their project “Targeting imaging of receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE) in prostate cancer.”

CCP member Giamila Fantuzzi, PhD, Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition; and co-Investigator PHBO member Lisa Tussing-Humphries, PhD, RD, for their project “Galectin-3 as a link between obesity and colorectal cancer risk.”

CTT member Irum Khan, MD, Assistant Professor, Hematology/Oncology, College of Medicine; and co-PI CCB member Andrei Gartel, PhD, Associate Professor, Hepatology; and co-Investigator Sujata Gaitonde, MD, Assistant Professor, Clinical Pathology, on their project “Cytoplasmic relocalization of FOXM1 by mutant NPM may correlate with the favorable outcome for AML patients.”

CTT member Deborah Tonetti, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Section of Biopharmaceutical Sciences; and co-PI CCP member Gregory Thatcher, PhD, on their project “Establishment of a relevant breast cancer pre-clinical model: patient-derived xenografts.”


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The Cancer Center welcomes….
Dipanjan Pan, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, College of Engineering, on the Urbana campus.  Dr Pan has joined the Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention program.

Wen-Shu Wu, PhD, Associate Professor, Hematology/Oncology, College of Medicine, on the Chicago campus. Dr. Wu has joined the Cancer Biology program.

Congratulations to....

CTT member Hayat Onyuksel, PhD, Professor, Pharmaceutics and Bioengineering, Department of Biopharmaceutical Science, on receiving support from the Illinois Department of Public Health, as part of the Penny Severns Breast, Cervical and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund!  Dr. Onyuksel’s research project is “Targeted Nanomedicine for Effective and Safe Treatment of Breast Cancer.”

CTT member Neeta Venepalli, MD, Assistant Professor, Section of Hematology/Oncology, and colleagues Andrew Boyd, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences, and Drs. Yusuf Qamruzzaman, Jianrong Li, and Yves Lussier,  on their publication in the Journal of Oncology Practice.  Their paper, Identifying Clinically Disruptive ICD-10-CM Conversions to Mitigate Financial Costs Using an Online Tool, emphasizes that “up to 5% of billing costs for clinical oncologists may be mapped incorrectly to ICD-10-CM by the government ICD-10-CM mapping.  Venepalli explains that this is critical, as operating margins for most outpatient practices are around 5%.

Sources: Venepalli, Neeta, MD. "Online Publication Notice: JOP-0613-001156R, Pending Publication." 7 Feb. 2014. E-mail.


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Dr. Dipanjan Pan Dr. Wen-Shu Wu Dr. Hayat Onyuksel Dr. Neeta Venepalli




Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Baylor Medical School/Health Care System

Case Medical Center/University Medical Center

City of Hope

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dartmouth University

Duke Medicine

Georgetown University

Harvard University

Indiana University

Johns Hopkins

Mayo Clinic

MD Anderson

Memorial Sloan-Kettering


NYU Langone Medical Center

Ohio State University

Penn State

Roswell Park/Cancer Institute of New Jersey

University of North Carolina

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh

University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute

University of Washington Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Vanderbilt University

Virginia Tech

Washington University

The Wistar Institute








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Cancer Center News

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Cancer Center PHBO Program Seminar
Thursday, March 6, 2014; 12:00pm
IHRP, 1747 W. Roosevelt Rd.,  Rm 461

“Obesity-related policies: Influences on schools, communities and student outcomes.”

Featuring PHBO member Jamie Chriqui, PhD, MHS
Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Health Research and Policy, UIC  School of Public Health


CCTS Biomedical Informatics Core
Monday, March 10, 2014; 12:00pm – 1:00pm; COMRB  909 S. Wolcott, Rm. 2175

“Biomedical and Health Informatics Colloquium: ‘Home Telemonitoring for Patients with Chronic Diseases: Overview and Synthesis of Large-Scale Evidence’ “

Featuring Dr. Spyros Kitsiou, Ecole des Hautes Commerciales (HEC), Montreal


Cancer Center CTT Program Seminar
Wednesday, March 12, 2013; 3:30 pm
College of Pharmacy, Rm 143-3/ Rockford Rm E233

“Developing Breast Cancer Patient-Derived Xenografts: The good, the bad and the ugly”

Featuring Carol A Sartorius, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus


Cancer Center CB Program Seminar
Tuesday, March 25, 2014; 12:00 pm
MBRB 900 S. Ashland Ave., Herman Auditorium

“Microbial sulfur metabolism and colorectal cancer risk”

Featuring CCP member H. Rex Gaskins, PhD
Professor of Immunobiology, Institute of Genomic Biology, Department of Animal Sciences, Department of Pathobiology, Division of Nutritional Sciences, UIUC


Cancer Center PHBO Distinguished Lecture and Diet and Behavior Shared Resource Training Symposium
Thursday, April 3, 2014
IHRP 1747 W. Roosevelt Rd., Rm 461

12:00pm – 1:00pm
PHBO Distinguished Lecture: Patterns and Predictors of Adolescent and Young Adult Cigarette Smoking
Featuring PHBO member Robin J. Mermelstein, PhD Director, Institute for Health Research and Policy, Professor of Psychology, Clinical Professor of Community Health Sciences

1:00pm – 2:00 pm
UICC Diet and Behavior Shared Resource Training
Symposium 101: Tobacco Exposure and Cancer Risk

Featuring PHBO member Alicia K. Matthews, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, and PHBO member Joel Schwartz, DMD, DMedSc, Professor, College of Dentistry


Cancer Center Research Forum
Tuesday, April 22, 2014; 10:00am – 4:30pm
Student Center West

Keynote Address: “A Viral Oncoprotein-targeted Pathway that Licenses Cellular Quiescence”

Presented by David M. Livingston, MD
Emil Frei Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Chairman, Executive Committee for Research, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Register and/or Submit an Abstract by April 1, 2014


Longitudinal Data Analysis
Monday and Tuesday, May 12-13, 2014; 9:00am – 3:00pm  SPHPI 932

2-Day Workshop; Topics covered:
This workshop will focus on analysis of longitudinal data using mixed models. Models for continuous normally distributed outcomes will be presented and described, and then focus will turn to analyses of non-normal outcome types,

Participation is free, but registration is required by email to dalber2@uic.edu

Featuring PHBO member Donald Hedeker, PhD, Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UIC School of Public Health





A network-assisted co-clustering algorithm to discover cancer subtypes based on gene expression.
           Liu Y, Gu Q, Hou JP, Han J, Ma J.


Alternative lengthening of telomeres in cancer stem cells in vivo.
          Bojovic B, Booth RE, Jin Y, Zhou X, Crowe DL.


The association between neighborhood socioeconomic status and ovarian cancer tumor characteristics.

Peterson CE, Rauscher GH, Johnson TP, Kirschner CV, Barrett RF, Kim S, Fitzgibbon ML, Joslin CE, Davis FG.


Association between absolute tumor burden and serum bone-specific alkaline phosphatase in canine appendicular osteosarcoma.

Sternberg RA, Pondenis HC, Yang X, Mitchell MA, O’Brien RT, Garrett LD, Helferich W, Hoffman WE, Fan TM.


Characteristics of individuals with breast cancer rearrangements in BRCA1 and BRCA2.

Jackson SA, Davis AA, Li J, Yi N, McCormick SR, Grant C, Fallen T, Crawford B, Lotanger K, Litton J, Arun B, Vande Wydeven K, Sidani A, Farmer K, Sanders M, Hoskins K, Nussbaum R, Esserman L, Garber JE, Kaklamani VG, the Northwestern Cancer Genetics Group.


Dedifferentiated gastrointestinal stromal tumor arising de novo from the small intestine.

Choi JJ, Sinada-Bottros L, Maker AV, Weisenberg E.


The economics of tobacco control: evidence from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Policy Evaluation Project.
           Tauras JA, Chaloupka FJ, Quah AC, Fong GT.


Effects of stellate ganglion block on vasomotor symptoms: findings from a randomized controlled clinical trial in postmenopausal women.

Walega DR, Rubin LH, Banuvar S, Shulman LP, Maki PM.


Employment Impact of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes  

Powell LM, Wada R, Persky JJ, Chaloupka FJ.


Environmental change strategies to promote healthy eating and physical activity and reduce disparities.

Chriqui JF, Economos CD, Henderson K, Kohl HW 3rd, Kumanyika SK, Ward DS.


Evaluation of estrogenic activity of licorice species in comparison with hops used in botanicals for menopausal symptoms.

Hajirahimkhan A, Simmler C, Yuan Y, Anderson JR, Chen SN, Nikolić, Dietz BM, van Breemen RB, Bolton JL.


Highly sensitive quantitative imaging for monitoring single cancer cell growth kinetics and drug response.

Mir M, Bergamaschi A, Katzenellenbogen BS, Popescu G.


Identifying Clinically Disruptive International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision Clinical Modification Conversation to Mitigate Financial Costs Using an Online Tool.

Venepalli NK, Qamruzzaman Y, Li JJ, Lussier YA, Boyd AD.


Impact of tobacco control on adult per capita cigarette consumption in the United States.

Warner KE, Sexton DW, Gillespie BW, Levy DT, Chaloupka FJ.


Mechanism of DNA damage responses induced by exposure to an oligonucleotides homologous to the telomere overhang in melanoma.
          Pitman RT, Wojdyla L, Puri N.


MEN1 tumorigenesis in the pituitary and pancreatic islet requires Cdk4 but not Cdk2.

Gillan MP, Nimbalkar D, Sun L, Christov K, Ray D, Kaldis P, Liu X, Kiyokawa H.


Metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma to the manibular condyle: a rare clinical presentation.

Kolokythas A, Milboro MB, Olsson AB, Milboro M.


Micro-patterning of mammalian cells on suspended MEMS resonant sensors for long-term growth measurements.

Corbin EA, Dorvel BR, Millet LJ, King WP, Bashir R.


Monitoring of non-cigarette tobacco use using Google Trends.     

Cavazos-Rehg PA, Krauss MJ, Spitznagel EL, Lowery A, Grucza RA, Chaloupka FJ, Bierut LJ.


Non-small cell lung cancer is susceptible to induction of DNA damage responses and inhibition of angiogenesis by telomere overhang oligonucleotides.

Puri N, Pitman RT, Mulnix RE, Erickson T, Iness AN, Vitali C, Zhao Y, Salgia R.


Novel Roles for ERK5 and Cofilin as Critical Mediators Linking ERalpha-Driven Transcription, Actin Reorganization and Invasiveness in Breast Cancer.

Madak-Erdogan Z, Ventrella R, Petry L, Katzenellenbogen BS.


Obesity Prevention Policies in U.S. States and Localities: Lessons from the Field.
           Chriqui JF.


Segmentation and Correlation of Optical Coherence Tomography and X-Ray Images for Breast Cancer Diagnostics
            Sun JG, Adie SG, Chaney EJ, Boppart SA.


Skin cancer and photoprotection in people of color: A review and recommendations for physicians and the public.

Aqbai ON, Buster K, Sanchez M, Hernandez C, Kundu RV, Chiu M, Roberts WE, Draelos ZD, Bhushan R, Taylor SC, Lim HW


Social Networking Site Usage Among Childhood Cancer Survivors – A Potential Tool for Research Recruitment?

Seltzer ED, Stolley MR, Mensah EK, Sharp LK.


Tobacco control in a changing media landscape: how tobacco control programs use the internet.
           Emery S, Aly EH, Vera L, Alexander RL Jr.


Toward theoretical understanding of the fertility preservation decision-making process: examining information processing among young women with cancer.

Hershberger PE, Finnegan L, Altfeld S, Lake S, Hirschfeld-Cytron J.





















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