September 19, 2013

university of illinois CANCER CENTER



The Cancer Center welcomes…

Asrar Malik, PhD; Department Head; Schweppe Family Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology; Director, Center for Lung and Vascular Biology.  Dr. Malik has joined the Cancer Biology Program.

Jim Zacny, PhD, as a protocol writer in the Clinical Trials Office.  Dr. Zacny received his doctoral degree at West Virginia University, and completed a fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  He comes to the Clinical Trials Office from the University of Chicago, where he was a Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care and the Director of the Psychomotor Lab. He is working with the Cancer Center Administration to develop the Cancer Center’s Core Grant, as well as additional protocol writing for the phase 1 clinical trial on PAC1, with CTT members Drs. Paul Hergenrother, Tim Fan and Arek Dudek.  Additionally, he has begun exploring potential trials with Dr. Pier Giulianotti and the Department of Surgery’s robotic surgery options for pancreatic cancer.  We are thrilled to have Dr. Zacny on the Cancer Center team!

Michael Buraglio, BS, Regulatory Research Specialist, in the Clinical Trials Office. In addition to his education in anthropology and nutrition, Michael brings to the Cancer Center significant research experience in sickle cell, oncology, and research resources. Extracurricularly, Michael can also be heard spinning tunes on, UIC’s online radio station.

Congratulations to Alisha Williams, RN, BSN, on her promotion to Clinical Research Manager, in the Cancer Center’s Clinical Trials Office! Alisha earned her degrees from the University of Iowa and has been with UI Health since April 2012.

Congratulations to CCT member Mary Lou Schmidt, MD, Associate Professor in Pediatrics and Hematology/Oncology, on raising $1500.00 at the September 12, 2013, charity guest bartending event, benefitting the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Thank you to Jaks Tap for their support and providing a great environment for the event!

Congratulations to CCT member Nadim Mahmud, MD, PhD,  Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director of the Clinical Stem Cell Laboratory for the UI Health Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Program, and colleague ShriHari S. Kadkol, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology and Director of Molecular Pathology; and CTT member Ying Liu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, as 2013 Proof of Concept Award Program Winners! The title of Drs. Mahmud and Kadkol’s research is “Expanded Cord Blood as an Off-the-Shelf Bridge Graft to Augment Blood Cell Numbers.”  The title of Dr. Liu’s work is “Scalable Process for Manufacturing Nanoparticles Encapsulating Hydrophobic Compounds.”

Dr. Asrar Malik
Dr. Jim Zacny
Michael Burgalio
Dr. Mary Lou Schmidt
  Dr. Nadim Mahmud
Dr. Ying Liu

**Not pictured: Alisha Williams

Congratulations to CTT member Hayat Onyuksel, PhD, Professor, Pharmaceutics and Bioengineering, Department of Biopharmaceutical Science, who honorably represented the University of Illinois Cancer Center as a participant in the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey’s “2nd Congress for Turkish Scientists Living Abroad.” In addition to meeting Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan, Dr. Onyuksel was featured in the Turkish written and televised press, as well as on the Turkish American Scientists and Scholars Association website. 


Dr. Hayat Onyuksel is photographed, front row, first woman, on the left, as part of the "2nd Congress for Turkish Scientists Living Abroad."


The Cancer Cell Signaling program has undergone a name change, and will now be called the Cancer Biology Program.  This information will be updated on the website and on future Cancer Center communications.


EVENT REVIEW- Bridging the Gap: Emerging Health Issues in Underrepresented Minorities
The Cancer Center is proud to recognize Cancer Center CTT members Drs. Arek Dudek, Pier Guilianotti, and Michael Warso; CBP member Dr. Robert Winn, and PHBO members Drs. Kent Hoskins and Anuja Antony, all of whom presented at the 10th anniversary of Bridging the Gap.  With a special appearance by Secretary of State, Jesse White, the conference was an opportunity for UI Health physicians and faculty to define health disparities within our community and catchment area, present the challenges of addressing health disparities and how UI Health is providing services to underserved communities.  Issues presented included seminars on sickle cell, heart disease and community-based models, lung disease, research in health disparities, the status of healthcare in Chicago, healthcare education, lung cancer, surgical roles to treat obesity, gynecological and breast cancers and disease, gastrointestinal and liver cancers and disease, and disease prevention. All of the speakers reflected on the current statistics of risk factors and access to care within these communities and how UI Health is not only committed to addressing this, but modeling it for the hundreds of students being trained at the University of Illinois Health Sciences colleges. Held at the UIC Forum, the conference included many Health Sciences students and university faculty and staff.

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Secretary of State Jesse White addresses the audience about the importance of educaiotn and access to quality healthcare.   Dr. Robert Winn explains the need for patient education and commnity outreach to prevent and treat cancer.  

UIC and the Binaytara Foundation, Working Together
As a local non-profit, the Binaytara Foundation is committed to building health and education platforms in countries that are less developed and are lacking primary resources for disease prevention and treatment.  UIC has paired with the Binaytara Foundation in an effort to supply the country of Nepal with resources, training and education on blood and marrow transplants, treatment for blood cancers, and establishment of Nepal’s first international conference on blood cancers. Plans for this partnership began in 2011, when CTT member Dr. Damiano Rondelli, Chief of Hematology-Oncology and Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at UIC, had the opportunity to visit Nepal's Cancer Hospital in Bharatpur, Nepal. Recognizing the few resources available for blood cancer treatment in this developing nation, Rondelli determined the necessary assets and spearheaded a training program for Nepalese physicians, to use the same medical practices and procedures available in the U.S.

On September 13-14, 2013, Kathmandu, Nepal, was the site of the first international conference on blood cancers in the region. With an attendance of more than 250 individuals from Nepal, India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and China, clinicians and researchers alike were brought together to discuss disease state management of leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and various modalities of treatment. Following the conference, Dr. Rondelli and UIC are set to host training sessions for four Nepalese physicians on the UIC campus, and via telemedicine for those continuing in Nepal.

"Many cancer patients in Nepal are in need of stem cell transplants, but they currently do not have this option," explained Dr. Rondelli. His goal extends beyond educating physicians, with an effort to produce a more effective standard of care in a developing region with great need. The combination of advanced BMT training, developing a modern blood bank, and support from UI Health's Blood and and Marrow Transplant Program and the UIC Center for Global Health, will help facilitate the opening of a blood and marrow transplant unit in Nepal, and provide quality service to Nepal's population of 30 million people and it's neighboring countries.

Sources: McGinnis González, Sherri. "UIC, Binaytara Foundation Help Bring Blood Cancer Treatment to Nepal." UIC News. The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, 11 Sept. 2013. Web. 16 Sept. 2013. <>.

"Binaytara Foundation." Binaytara Foundation. Binaytara Foundation, n.d. Web. 16 Sept. 2013. <>.


COM Medical Education Exhibit – 2013 AAMC Meeting
Poster submissions are requested for presentation in the Innovations in Medical Education exhibit at the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges.  With an intent to display the novel research that is developed within the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Department of Medical Education is seeking posters that exhibit “innovation, instruction, assessment, evaluation or scholarship.” Those interested should submit a brief description of their work (250 words maximum), with a title, authors, campus and department to Jerry Stapleton at, by September 27.

Source: Harris, Ilene, PhD. "Participate in the COM Medical Education Exhibit at the 2013 AAMC Meeting." Message to Jerry Stapleton, MS. 15 Sept. 2013. E-mail.



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Columbia University

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Duke Medicine

Fred Hutchinson/University of Washington Cancer Consortium

Harvard University

Johns Hopkins

Mayo Clinic

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

The Ohio State University

Stanford University

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of California, Davis

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, San Francisco

University of Chicago

University of Colorado Cancer Center

University of Michigan

University of New Mexico Cancer Center

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

University of Texas Health Science Center

Washington University

Wake Forest Baptists Medical Center


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Advocate Health Care Presents….
Friday, September 20, 2013; 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

McDonald’s Hamburger University, Oak Brook, IL

“Achieving Excellence in Clinical Research: Scientific, Ethical and Operational Considerations”

Call 847-723-2164 with questions; Registration required to attend


Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Symposium
Friday, September 20, 2013; 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

MBRB, 900 S. Ashland, Herman Auditorium

Register at


Targeting Cancer: Annual Update in Oncology Pharmacy
Saturday, October 5, 2013; 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

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

A conference for pharmacists and other health care professionals who care for patients with cancer.
Edward Li, PharmD, BCOP
Virginia Kaklamani, MD, DSc
Seema Patel, PharmD
Nancy Shapiro, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS
Karen Sweiss, PharmD, BCOP
Scott Wirth, PharmD, BCOP
Click here for more information and to register.


Millipore Seminar: Reagent and Research Tool Communication: Maximizing Access to In-house Research Tools and Reagents
October 9, 2013; 11:00 am MBRB, 900 S. Ashland, Herman Auditorium

12:00 pm Lunch in MBRB 3074, 3rd Floor Reading Room

Featuring James Hoberg, EMD Millipore Corporation Representative, “to discuss the business of commercializing research reagents that have been developed in academic laboratories.”

Source:  "Millipore Seminar October 9th 2013." The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, 19 Sept. 2013. Web. 19 Sept. 2013. <>.


Institute for Minority Health Research Workshop and Individual Consultations

Workshop – Thursday, October 17, 2013; 8:00 am – 12:00 pm; UIC COMT – Room 106

Consultations – Thursday, October 17, 2013; 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Friday, October 18, 2013; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

UIC CMWW- Suite 246, IMHR Conference room

Featuring J. Scott Osborne, PhD, MPH

“Epidemiologic Research from Idea to Implementation: Preparing an Application, Possibilities for Funding, Submission and Review Processes and Publication of Results”

Urban Global Health Celebration
Saturday, October 19, 2013;  10:00 am – 4:15 pm; Evening Gala 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm;

UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd.

Hosted by the Department of Medicine

Guest speakers include Honorable Congressman Danny Davis, US representative of the 7th congressional district of Illinois

Abstract submissions can be sent to Krystle Stewart at


7th Annual Robert H. Costa Memorial Lecture
Wednesday, October 30, 2013; 12:00 pm

MBRB, 900 S. Ashland Ave., Herman Auditorium

Featuring Dr. Scott L. Friedman, MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY, NY; Director, Division of Liver Diseases; Dean for Therapeutic Discovery; Professor of Pharmacology and Systems Biology

“Links from Fibrosis to Hepatocellular Carcinoma”


Annual Conference on Challenging Topics in OB/GYN
October 24-25, 2013; 8:00 am – 5:15 pm (both dates)

Student Center West, 2nd Fl, 828 S. Wolcott Ave.

Alumni and Friends of OB/GYN Reception held on October 24, 2013 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm;

Mengert Library

Click here for conference speakers, topics and schedule.

Click here to register or contact Josie Tobias at 312-355-0458 pr


SAVE THE DATE – Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Seminar
Wednesday, October 2, 2013; Time and location to be announced.

Featuring Dr. Anthony Letai, MD, PhD; Associate Professor, Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Associate Professor of Medicine in Hematologic Neoplasma/Malignancies, at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

More information will be presented as it becomes available.


Presentation, Keynote Lecture and Oral Talks:
Tuesday, October 8, 2013; 1:00 – 5:00 pm; COMRB 909 S. Wolcott, Moss Auditorium

Reception and Poster Session:
5:00 – 7:00 PM; COM, 1856 W. Polk St., Faculty and Alumni Lounge, CMW 119

Featuring the following keynote speakers:
Samuel Dagogo-Jack, MD, A.C. Mullins Professor in Translational Research, Professor of Medicine, Chief of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Director, CRC University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN

Graeme Bell, PhD, Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor, Departments of medicine and Human Genetics, Director, Diabetes Research and Training Center, University of Chicago

Steven Smith, MD, Professor and Scientific Director, Translational Research, Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes, Sanford Burnham Research Institute, Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL


SAVE THE DATE – UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy Distinguished Lecture
Tuesday, October 22, 2013; 11:00 am

MBRB, 900 S. Ashland Ave., Herman Auditorium

Featuring Dr. K “Vish” Viswanath, Associate Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard University School of Public Health, McGraw-Patterson Center for Population Sciences, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

More information will be presented as it becomes available.




An exceptionally simple strategy for DNA-functionalized up-conversion nanoparticles as biocompatible agents for nanoassembly, DNA delivery, and imaging.

Li LL, WU P, Hwang K, Lu Y.


Applying theory across settings, behaviors, and populations: translational challenges and opportunities.

Mermelstein RJ, Revenson TA.


A School-Located Vaccination Adolescent Pilot Initiative in Chicago: Lessons Learned.

 Caskey RN, Macario E, Johnson DC, Hamlish T, Alexander KA.


DDB2 suppresses epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition in colon cancer.

Roy N, Bommi PV, Bhat UG, Bhattacharjee S, Elangovan I, Li J, Patra KC, Kopania D, Blunier A, Benya R, Bagchi S, Raychaudhuri P.


Detection and quantification of methylation in DNA using solid-state nanopores.

Shin J, Humphreys GI, Venkatesan BM, Munz JM, Zou X, Sathe C, Schulten K, Nardulli AM, Vasmatzis G, Bashir R.


Expression of Polycomb targets predicts breast cancer prognosis.

Jene-Sanz A, Renta V, Vilkova AV, Khramtsova GF, Khramtsov AI, Olopade OI, Lopez-Bigas N, Benevolenskaya EV.


The importance of staff diversity to address disparity.

Hedlund N, Esparza A, Calhoun E, Yates J.


Pharmacogenomic Discovery Delineating the genetic Basis of Drug Response

Zhang W, Zheng Y, Hou L.


Physical activity and quality of life in breast cancer survivors: the role of self-efficacy and health status.

Phillips SM, McAuley E.


The Prevalence of Sarcopenia in Patients with Respiratory Failure Classified as Normally Nourished Using Computed Tomography and Subjective Global Assessment.

Sheean PM, Peterson SJ, Gomez-Pwerez, Troy KL, Patel A, Sclamber JS, Ajanaku FC, Braunscheig CA.


Reproductive Health Choices for Young Adults with Sickle Cell Disease or Trait: Randomized Controlled Trial Immediate Posttest Effects.

Wilkie DJ, Gallo AM, Yao, Y, Molokie RE, Stahl C, Hershberger PE, Zhao Z, Suarez ML, Labotka RJ, Johnson B, Angulo R, Angulo V, Carrasco J, Shuey D, Pelligra S, Wang E, Rogers DT, Thompson AA.


Size-dependent tumor penetration and in vivo efficacy of monodisperse drug-silica nanoconjugates.

Tang L, Gabrielson NP, Uckun FM, Fan TM, Cheng J.


Smoking Antecedents: Separating Between- and Within-Person Effects of Tobacco Dependence in a Multiwave Ecological Momentary Assessment Investigation of Adolescent Smoking.

Plasecki TM, Trela CJ, Hedeker D, Mermelstein RJ.


Transcatheter embolotherapy for gastrointestinal bleeding: a single center review of stagey, efficacy, and clinical outcomes.

Yap FY, Omene BO, Patel MN, Yohannan T, Minocha J, Knuttinen MG, Owens CA, Bui JT, Gaba RC.


PHBO member Angela Odoms-Young, PhD, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition, in the Institute for Health Research and Policy, was quoted in the following article: Whole Foods Is Planning a Store in Food Desert in Chicago's Englewood Neighborhood

Source: Moore, Natalie. "Whole Foods Is Planning a Store in Food Desert in Chicago's Englewood Neighborhood." Chicago Public Media, 4 Sept. 2013. Web. 10 Sept. 2013. <>.


CCS member Elizaveta Benevolenskya, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, was quoted on research from her team in the following article: Protein predicts breast cancer prognosis.

Source: "Protein Predicts Breast Cancer Prognosis." Science Daily, LLC, 29 Apr. 2013. Web. 10 Sept. 2013. <>


PHBO member Pauline Maki, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Director of Women’s Mental Health Research, will be presenting a lecture on gender and steroid hormones in the context of women’s career paths, on September 24, 2013, as part of a STEM Speaker Series at Oakton Community College, 1600 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines.

Source: "STEM Events: On-Campus Event Highlights." Oakton Community College, n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2013. <>.






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