I hope you will join me as we begin another year of grand rounds on Tuesday, September 7th at noon in the auditorium at 55 Park Street. We will continue our weekly schedule and plan to have two speakers present during each rounds. The schedule begins on Tuesday with presentations by Marcus Bosenberg and Peter Peduzzi. We will hear from Howard Hochster and Ellen Matloff the following week on September 14th. A full schedule can be found on the Yale Cancer Center calendar.
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Chief of Medical Oncology
I am pleased to announce that we have an active search committee in place for the Chief of Medical Oncology position at Yale Cancer Center. As you know, Ed Chu left Yale Cancer Center on September 1st to assume an exciting new position at the University of Pittsburgh. I wish him the best as he continues his career as Deputy Director and Chief of Medical Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Center. During the transition, I will serve as Interim Chief of Medical Oncology. Please contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have during this transition time.
Cancer Student Interest Group
Yale School of Medicine students recently formed an interest group to learn more about careers in cancer research and care. To support their efforts, Yale Cancer Center faculty members will be asked to meet with the students during their regular meetings. Please support their efforts and share your expertise and experiences with them.
Lung Cancer Patients Receiving Palliative Care had Improved Quality of Life, Extended Survival
The recent study in the August 19 issue of the
New England Journal of Medicine
highlights the benefits and need for palliative care programs for cancer patients. At Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, we are planning a dramatic enhancement of our palliative care service under the direction of Dr. Lawrence Solomon. Based on research done at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, the NEJM article notes that integrating palliative care early in the treatment of patients with advanced lung cancer not only improved their mood and quality of life, it also extended their lives.
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To refer a patient to the Smilow Cancer Hospital Palliative Care Service, please call (203) 737-4353.
Research in the News
Making Team Science Work: Advice From a Team
The Yale SPORE in Skin Cancer
A long-term commitment and an ego-free workplace allows the Yale Melanoma Research Group to excel.
A feature article from the Clinical and Translational Science Network from the journal
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Cellular Toolkit for DNA Repair Found by Yale Researchers
Yale researchers have identified key mechanisms used to repair breaks in DNA strands, a fundamental question in biology with implications for cancer research. Chromosomes are constantly under assault from environmental threats such as radiation and, as a consequence, suffer breaks in strands of DNA. If left unrepaired, these DNA breaks can lead to the development of cancer. The process of break repair is so complex it has baffled scientists for decades.
In a paper published in the September 2 issue of the journal Nature, the Yale team led by Patrick Sung, Chair of the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and member of the Yale Cancer Center Radiobiology and Radiotherapy Research Program, and collaborators at the Baylor School of Medicine identified 10 proteins crucial to the process and outlined how those proteins interact to initiate the repair of the breaks.
The Hartwell Foundation 2010 Individual Biomedical Research Award
For early-stage, innovative, and cutting-edge biomedical research that has not yet qualified for significant funding from outside sources and that should benefit children, particularly in the U.S.
Investigators whose prior research may not have focused on benefiting children, but who now propose a relevant project benefiting children, are also encouraged to apply.
For individuals with a full-time appointment who hold U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.
The grant supports creative and cutting edge ideas and approaches, including those successful in other areas of cancer that have justifiable promise for pancreatic cancer. The grants program is designed to help incubate innovative research projects, grow the number of researchers directly working on pancreatic cancer, nurture collaborations across disciplines and institutions, and expedite scientific progress for patient benefit. In addition to receiving financial support for their research, grantees participate in a mentorship program that connects them with leading scientists in the field.
The Hope Funds for Cancer Research is pleased to announce a request for research proposals for postdoctoral fellows working in oncology. These 2-3 year fellowships will be awarded to postdoctoral scientists commencing in 2011.
Fellowships will be awarded to scientists who propose to work on
highly innovative research projects that challenge the traditional paradigms
of understanding the causes, mechanisms, progression, disease markers or risk factors of the most difficult-to-treat cancers, including pancreatic, lung, liver, sarcomas, esophageal, brain, gastric and ovarian cancers.
Application Deadline: September 17, 2010 at 5:00 PM