November 15, 2013

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Congratulations to the following PHBO members, all of whom were recognized as IHRP Fellows for 2013 -2014:
Ben Gerber, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Health Promotion Research; Kent Hoskins, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology; Denise Hynes, PhD, MPH, RN, Professor of Public Health and Medicine, Division of Health Promotion Research; Lisa Sharp, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Health Promotion Research; Melinda Stolley, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Health Promotion Research; and Lisa Tussing-Humphreys, PhD, MS, RD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Health Promotion Research.   Their Fellowship is a reflection of their research, which fulfills the mission of the IHRP: “working in partnership with community leaders and residents to promote health in communities; addressing disparities in health related to race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status; mentoring and training new investigators; and fostering the collaboration of researchers across disciplines.”

Source: "IHRP Fellows." Updates from the Chair 2 (8 Nov. 2013): 1. 8 Nov. 2013. Web. 11 Nov. 2013.


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Dr. Ben Gerber
Dr. Kent Hoskins
Dr. Denise Hynes
Dr. Lisa Sharp
Dr. Melinda Stolley
Dr. Lisa Tussing-Humphreys

Congratulations to CCP member Dr. Judy Bolton, PhD, Professor and Head of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, College of Pharmacy, as the 2013 Employee Recognition Recipient Woman of the Year, and Drs. and CTT members Neeta Venepalli, MD, Assistant Professor, Section of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, and Michael Warso, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology, College of Medicine, were both 2013 Employee Recognition Recipients of Class Act Awards! 

Source: "2013 Employee Recognition Recipients." UIC, n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2013.


Congratulations to PHBO member Shannon Zenk, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN, Associate Professor, Department of Health Systems Science, College of Nursing, on being named a fellow by the highly esteemed American Academy of Nursing! Dr. Zenk is engaged in research exploring the relationship between obesity and urban environments.

Source: Hostettler, Sam. "UIC Nurse-educators Lauded by National Nursing Academy." UIC News[Chicago] 23 Oct. 2013: 10. Print.


Congratulations to PHBO member Carol Ferrans, PhD, Professor of Biobehavioral Health Science and Associate Dean for Research, College of Nursing, on her honor as a UIC University Scholar! The University Scholars Program recognizes “faculty members for superior research and teaching, along with great promise for future achievements.”(UIC News, 2013)   As it pertains to Dr. Ferrans, her contribution to research within nursing is boundless, impacting all fields of chronic and fatal illness with the very tool she developed, the Ferrans and Powers Quality of Life Index (QLI). The QLI, which is used in over 30 countries and translated into 21 languages, helps patients assess various aspects of life, reflecting on satisfaction and importance. These aspects have in turn been reflected “in quality-of-life in cancer care, including long-term survivorship and end-of-life, early detection and treatment.” (Hostettler, 2013) Within our diverse populations, the QLI has expressed not only different needs and value systems, but significantly less access to information, treatment, and proper care, which has circuitously evolved into alarming statistics and a greater need for attention given to health disparities. Dr. Ferrans has expanded this research to film, using a DVD production to with an effort to reach populations in need of access to prevention, treatment and financial and medical support. As an educator, researcher and member of the community, Dr. Ferrans truly embodies the scholarship of UIC.

Source: Hostettler, Sam. "Measuring Quality of Life Carol Ferrans." UIC News [Chicago] 23 Oct. 2013: 5. Print.


Congratulations to CCP member Klara Valyi-Nagy, MD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology College of Medicine, whose editorial, titled “Three-Dimensional Tumor Cell Cultures and the Role of Tissue Biorepositories in Personalized Medicine” was recently published in the Journal of Clinical and Anatomic Pathology. Dr. Valyi-Nagy’s editorial explores tissue biorepositories and their context in personalized medicine, with the added value of 3D tumor cultures. This is allowing for greater accuracy in understanding tumor behavior and tumor resistance, thereby guiding more personalized therapy. “The introduction of three-dimensional (3D) tumor cultures has revolutionized anticancer drug research as these cultures allow for the study of drug resistance mechanisms that cannot be explored in traditional two dimensional (2D) monolayer cultures,” explains Dr. Valyi-Nagy in her editorial.  The full editorial can be accessed here.

Source: Valyi-Nagy, Klara. "Three-Dimensional Tumor Cell Cultures and the Role of Tissue Biorepositories in Personalized Medicine." Journal of Clinical and Anatomic Pathology 1.1-2, 2013. <>.

Dr. Judy Bolton
Dr. Neeta Venepalli
Dr. Michael Warso
Dr. Shannon Zenk
Dr. Carol Ferrans
Dr. Klara Valyi-Nagy


Our very own CCP program leader, Peter Gann, MD, ScD, is bravely growing a mustache to support Movember, the month long campaign to raise awareness and research funding for prostate and testicular cancer.  You can follow Dr. Gann’s progress on his Mospace account, or you can create your own and participate here.  Below: Peter Gann at the start of Movember



The Cancer Center Administration Team participated in the Pediatric Halloween Parade, collecting and donating Halloween treats for the children and adolescent patients, and then visiting the patients to celebrate the holiday.

CCadmin Witch Parade
Princess Minnie Admin



Hematology Summer Research Opportunity for Med Students
Sponsor:  American Society of Hematology (ASH™) Minority Medical Student Award Program
Deadline: March 10, 2014
“This award program provides funding to medical students to allow them to complete a summer research experience and to attend the ASH annual meeting. The MMSAP is an eight- to-twelve-week summer research experience for minority students in their first or second years of medical school…The goal of the partnership is to increase the number of underrepresented minority scholars from the field of hematology with academic and research appointments.  The MMSAP serves as a stepping stone towards achieving this goal by giving students the opportunity to have hematology research experience.” Contact Mary Lou Schmidt with questions – 6-6413

Source: Gebremedhin, Meley. "AHS Med Student Summer Announcement." Letter to Training Program Director. 9 Oct. 2013. American Society of Hematology Minority Medical Student Award Program, 1 Nov. 2013. Web. 1 Nov. 2013.



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Baylor University with Harvard Medical School

Columbia University

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard University

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Duke Medicine

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Georgetown University

Harvard University

Huntsman Cancer Center

Indiana University Cancer Center

Johns Hopkins

Mayo Clinic

MD Anderson

Memorial Sloan-Kettering

MIT/Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research

Northwestern University

The Ohio State University

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Rutgers/Robert Wood Johnson/Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Salk Institute

St. Jude Children’s Research Institute

Thomas Jefferson University

University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of California Irvine/University of Michigan

University of California Los Angeles

University of California San Diego

University of Chicago

University of Colorado Cancer Center

University Hospitals Case Western

University of Kentucky

University of Michigan

University of North Carolina

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh

University of Southern California

University of Texas

University of Texas Southwestern

University of Washington

Vanderbilt University

Virginia Commonwealth University

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Washington University

The Wistar Institute

Yale University






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College of Medicine 2013 Research Forum
November 20, 2013; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott, 2nd FL Conference Rooms

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Poster Session with Judging

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Poster Viewing with Lunch for Participants

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm  Continued Poster Session with Judging


UIC Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics Seminar
November 20, 2013; 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

MBRB, 900 S. Ashland Ave., Herman Auditorium

Featuring Dr. James DeCaprio, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School

“The DREAM complex: Master coordinator of cell cycle gene expression”

Department of Pharmacology Seminar
November 20, 2013; 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

COMRB, 909 S. Wolcott, Moss Auditorium, Room 1020

Featuring Roberto Weigert, PhD, Chief, Intracellular Membrane Trafficking Unit, NIH/NIDCR

“Unraveling the coordination among membrane trafficking, cytoskeleton, and cell metabolism in live animals by using intravital microscopy”


Targeting FOXM1 in Cancer
November 20, 2013; 8:15 am – 9:00 am

CSB, 840 S. Wood St., Room 1018

Featuring Andrei L. Gartel, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Molecular Genetics, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, College of Medicine


CCTS REACH Program and UIC Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomic Research
November 21, 2013; 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

COP, 833 S. Wood, Room 212/216

Featuring Sheldon Kong, PhD, Executive Director of Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Novo Nordisk, Inc.

“Healthcare Quality and Comparative Effectiveness Research in the Era of Electronic Medical Records and Big Data”


The College of Applied Health Sciences 2013 Vivette R. Rifkin Seminar
November 21, 2013; 12:00 PM – 1:00 pm

Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott, Room 218

Featuring Alan Jette, PhD; Professor of Health Policy and Management at Boston University School of Public Health; Director of Boston University Health and Disabilities Research Institute.

"Preventing Disability in America"


Nursing Research Seminar
November 21, 2013; 12:00 – 1:30 pm

UIC College of Nursing, 845 S. Damen Ave., Room 159

Featuring Robert McNutt, MD – ICLOPS Data Registry Company

“Big Data from Accountable Care Organizations: A Gold Mine for Nursing and Healthcare Researchers.”


IHRP Brown Bag Lecture
November 21, 2013; 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Westside Research Building, 1747 W. Roosevelt Rd.

Featuring Shannon Zenk, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN, Associate Professor of Health Systems Science, UIC College of Nursing, IHRP Fellow

“From Where You Live to Where You Spend Time: Environmental Contributions to Obesity Risk”


PHBO Distinguished Lecture & Diet and Behavior Shared Resource Training Symposium
December 5, 2013

Westside Research Office Building, 1747 W. Roosevelt Rd., Room 461

12:00  – 1:00 pm

PHBO Distinguished Lecture
Featuring Barbara L. Anderson, PhD, Biobehavioral Cancer Researcher, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center

“Biobehavioral Aspects of Cancer and their Implications for Disease Progression”

1:00 – 2:00 pm

UI Cancer Center Diet and Behavior Shared Resource Training Symposium 101: Self-Report Biological Markers of Stress

Featuring Lisa Sharp, PhD, Department of Medicine, Section of Health Promotion Research and
Giamila Fantuzzi, PhD, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition





A Brief Self-Affirmation Study to Improve the Experience of Minority Patients.

Burgess DJ, Taylor BC, Phelan S, Spoont M, van Ryn M, Hausmann LR, Do T, Gordon HS.      

A Decade of Rural Physician Workforce Outcomes for the Rockford Rural Medical Education Program, University of Illinois.

Macdowell M, Glasser M, Hunsaker M.

An exploratory analysis of the correlation of pain scores, patient satisfaction with relief from pain, and a new measure of pain control on the total dose of opioids in pain care.

Harting B, Johnson T, Abrams R, Odwazny R, Hasler S, McNutt R, Patient Safety Committee at Rush and the UIC Center for Research Translation.


Association between district and state policies and US public elementary school competitive food and beverage environments.

Chriqui JF, Turner L, Taber DR, Chaloupka FJ.


Associations between observed neighborhood characteristics and physical activity: findings from a multiethnic urban community.

Kwarteng JL, Schulz AJ, Mentz GB, Zenk SN, Opperman AA.


Bilateral Implant Reconstruction: Outcomes, Predictors, and Matched Cohort Analysis in 730 2-stage Breast Reconstructions Over 10 Years

Antony AK, McCarthy C, Disa JJ, Mehrara BJ.


Bivariate genome-wide association analysis of the growth and intake components of feed efficiency.

Serão NV, González-Peña D, Beever JE, Bollero GA, Southey BR, Faulkner DB, Rodriguez-Zas SL.


Botanical modulation of menopausal symptoms: mechanisms of action?

Hajirahimkhan A, Dietz BM, Bolton JL.


Bromodomain and extra-terminal (BET) protein inhibition suppresses HTLV-1 Tax-mediated tumorigenesis by inhibiting NF-κB signaling

Wu X, Qi J, Bradner JE, Xiao G, Chen LF.


Can dehydroroepiandrostenedione (DHEA) target PRL-3 to prevent colon cancer metastasis?

Sundar J, Gnanasekar M.


Chain-shattering polymeric therapeutics with on-demand drug-release capability.

Zhang Y, Yin L, Ma L, Tang L, Cheng J.


Characterization of patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty in a real-world setting and pain-related medication prescriptions for management of postoperative pain.

Kirkness CS, McAdam-Marc C, Unni S, Young J, Ye X, Chandran A, Peters, CL, Asche CV.


Dual Targeting of the Warburg Effect with a Glucose-Conjugated Lactate Dehydrogenase Inhibitor.

Calvaresi EC, Granchi C, Tuccinardi T, Di Bussolo V, Huisgens RW #rd, Lee HY, Palchuaudhuri R, Macchia M, Martinelli A, Minutolo F, Hergenrother PJ.


Emotional risks to respondents in survey research.

Labott SM, Johnson TP, Fendrich M, Feeny NC.


Identification of novel predictor classifiers for inflammatory bowel disease by gene expression profiling.

Montero-Meléndez T, Llor X, García-Planella E, Perretti M, Suárez A.


Maximizing the public health impact of alcohol and tobacco taxes.

Chaloupka FJ.


The measurement of ultrasound backscattering from cell pellet biophantoms and tumors ex vivo.

Han A, Abuhabsah R, Miller RJ, Sarwate S, O’Brien WD Jr.


Methyl jasmonate and 1-methylcyclopropene treatment effects on quinine reductase inducing activity and post-harvest quality of broccoli.

Ku KM, Choi JH, Kim HS, Kushad MM, Jeffrey EH, Juvik JA.


MicroRNA 203 Modulates Glioma Cell Migration via Robo1/ERK/MMP-9 Signaling.

Dontula R, Dinasarapu A, Chetty C, Pannuru P, Herbert E, Ozer H, Lakka SS


Parent-child mealtime interactions in racially/ethnically diverse families with preschool-age children.

Kong A, Jones BL, Fiese BH, Schiffer LA, Odoms-Young A, Kim Y, Bailey L, Fitzgibbon ML.

Physical activity and fatigue in breast cancer survivors: a panel model examining the role of self-efficacy and depression.

Phillips SM, McAuley E.


Racial parities in outcomes after radiotherapy for head and neck cancer.

Lio GF, Ranck MC, Solanki AA, Cao H, Kolokythas A, Wenig BL, Chen L, Ard S, Weichselbaum RR, Halpern H, Spiotto MT.


Real-time interactive data mining for chemical imaging information: application to automated histopathology.

Mayerich D, Walsh M, Schulmerich M, Bhargava R.


Regional anaesthesia and cancer metastases: the implication of local anaesthetics.

Votta-Vekus EG, Piegeler T, Minshall RD, Aquirre J, Beck-Schimmer B, Schwartz DE, Borgeat A.


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.


Selective Delivery of an Anticancer Drug with Aptamer-Functionalized Liposomes to Breast Cancer Cells in Vitro and in Vivo.

Xing H, Tang L, Yang X, Hwang K, Wang W, Yin Q, Wong NY, DobruckiLW, Yasui N, Katzenellenbogen JA, Helferich WG, Cheng J, Lu Y.


Three-Dimensional Tumor Cell Cultures and the Role of Tissue Biorepositories in Personalized Medicine

 Valyi-Nagy K.


Video telehealth for weight maintenance of African-American women.

Gerber BS, Schiffer L, Brown AA, Berbaum ML, Rimmer JH, Braunschweig CL, Fitzgibbon ML.












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