Awards & Honors

October 2017

Lieping Chen, PhD, has been presented with the 2017Warren Alpert Foundation Prize for transformative discoveries in the field of cancer immunology.

September 2017

We are pleased to accept nominations for the 6th annual “Ruth McCorkle Oncology Advanced Practice Provider” award. This annual recognition from Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital will be presented at the YCC Conclave in January 2018. Submit nomination>>

The National Cancer Institute has named Peter M. Glazer, MD, PhD, as a recipient of its Outstanding Investigator Award (OIA). 

Andre Levchenko, PhD, was elected as a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

Lajos Pusztai, MD, DPhil, has received an R01 from the National Cancer Institute.  

August 2017

Joseph Contessa, MD, is the recipient of the Class of '61 Cancer Research Award.

Juan Vasquez, MD, has been awarded a fellows grant from the St. Baldrick's Foundation to support his research on childhood cancers.

Hyun S. "Kevin" Kim, MD, has been awarded a Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program Award to study Improving Immunotherapy: Boosting Immune Response And Functional Immune Cell Imaging.

2017-2018 Lung SPORE Career Development Program Awardees: 

Nadya Dimitrova -  Mentor: Katerina Politi 
Making first strides towards elucidating the importance of long noncoding RNAs in lung cancer 

Joelle Hillion -   Mentor: Richard Kibbey
The role of the pentose phosphate pathway in resistance to lung cancer therapy

Nikhil Joshi -   Mentor: Lieping Chen 
Investigating mechanisms of anti-tumor T cell function in autochithonous models of lung adenocarcinoma

Yu Zhang -  Mentor: Lieping Chen
TCR sequences pre and post IO therapy

Joseph Contessa
Synthesis of novel OST inhibitors for the treatment of NSCLC

Richard A. Flavell
Cas9 screen for identification of novel lung cancer co-therapies

J. Peter Koo
Development of novel treatments for immunotherapy refractory lung cancer

July 2017

Edward Snyder, MD, will receive the President's Award from the American Association of Blood Banks at this year's annual meeting in San Diego in October. 

Dr. Roy Herbst has been named Vice Chair of the SWOG Lung Committee.  

Manoj Pillai, MD, has received an R01 grant from the NIH to support his project "Deregulation of SF3B1 function by recurrent HEAT domain mutations."  

Herta Chao, MD, PhD, received a Medicine Service Line Award from the VA New England Healthcare System in recognition of her successful leadership of the Oncology Clinical Trials Program at the VA Connecticut. 

Philip W. Askenase, MD, has been awarded the 2018 Distinguished Scientist Award by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). 

Dr. Lisa Fucito received the Distinguished Faculty Supervisor Award from the Department of Psychiatry, section of psychology, during their annual commencement ceremony.  

June 2017

Lieping Chen, MD, PhD has been named one of the 2017 recipients of the prestigious Warren Alpert Foundation Prize.
 
Suzanne Evans, MD, MPH has been named an Executive Editor for Practical Radiation Oncology (PRO).

Ranjit Bindra, MD, PhD has been awarded a Yale Cancer Center Co-Pilot Award to study Exploitation of 2-HG conferred vulnerabilities in IDH1/2 mutant MDS/AML in pre-clinical PDX models, along with Stephanie Halene, MD, PhD.

Maximilian Stahl, MD has earned a Hematology Opportunities for the Next-Generation of Research Scientists (HONORS) award from the American Society of Hematology (ASH).
 
Maggie Zampano, RN, OCN, MSCN,
was awarded the Joel Silidker Award by the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences.

Nadya Dimitrova, PhD has been named a Pew-Stewart Scholar for Cancer Research.  

Patrys Limited has licensed from Yale University the worldwide rights to develop the novel lupus anti-DNA antibody 3E10 as a tumor-targeting agent.

OncLive presented its annual Giants of Oncology award to Dr. Daniel Petrylak and Dr. Charles Fuchs

Lajos Pusztai, MD, has been appointed Chairman of the SWOG Breast Committee. 

Connecticut Magazine's 2017 "Top Docs" list includes 28 Smilow Cancer Hospital physicians:
Daniel Boffa, Jean Bolognia, Frank Detterbeck, Richard Edelson, Neal Fischbach, Harris Foster, Scott Gettinger, David Hesse, Elizabeth Holt, Silvio Inzucchi, Gary Israel, Anamika Katoch, Martin Katz, Jeremy Kortmansky, Jill Lacy, Johanna LaSala, Alfred Lee, David Leffell, Walter Longo, Thomas Martin, John Persing, Joseph Piepmeier, Vikram Reddy, Kert Sabbath, Ronald Salem, Lynn Tanoue, Robert Weiss and David Witt

The Conquer Cancer Foundation will award two fellows with Young Investigator Awards (YIA). Dr. Michael Cecchini will receive the Pfizer YIA and Dr. Brian Henick will receive the AbbVie, Inc YIA. Dr. Jill Lacy mentors Dr. Cecchini and Dr. Roy Herbst mentors. Dr. Henick.

May 2017

Yale Cancer Center members won research grants from the Blavatnik Fund for Innovation
Awards of $300,000 from the Blavatnik Fund for Innovation at Yale went to Alanna Schepartz, PhD and Anton Bennett, PhD.

Pilot grant awards in the amount of $100,000 went to W. Mark Saltzman, PhD, Michael Girardi, MD, and Anna Marie Pyle, PhD

The National Pancreas Foundation has accredited the Gastrointestinal Cancers Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital as a Center for Excellence in Pancreatic Cancer.  Dr. James Farrell led the application process for Smilow Cancer Hospital. 

Melinda Irwin, PhD, and Tara Sanft, MD, have received an R-01 to support their project, "A randomized trial of lifestyle guidelines on breast cancer biomarkers and treatment adherence." 

The American Society for Investigative Pathology has selected Katerina Politi, PhD, as the recipient of the 2017 Cotran Early Investigator Award

Congratulations to Tamara Carroll, MD, on her award for her presentation, "Impact of Digital Breast Tomosynthesis" from the Society of Breast Imaging

April 2017

SU2C Names Dr. Charles Fuchs, Co-Leader of Dream Team on Colorectal Cancer

Catherine Lyons, RN, MS, NEA-BC had been promoted to Vice President for Patient Services at Smilow Cancer Hospital. 

Dr. Angelique Levi and Darryl T. Martin, PhD were awarded a pilot grant for their research project, "MRI-Targeted Prostate Cancer Nanomarker" by the Department of Urology during their annual research symposium. 

March 2017

Oscar Colegio, MD, PhD, has been chosen as a 2017 recipient of the Young Investigator in Dermatology Award by the American Academy of Dermatology. 

Ronald Breaker, PhD, has been named the Sterling Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.

Alana Schepartz, PhD, has been appointed the Sterling Professor of Chemistry at Yale University.


8th Annual Oncology/ Research Nursing Award for Clinical Excellence Call for Nominations 

Smilow Cancer Hospital announces its eighth annual Oncology/ Research Nursing Award for Clinical Excellence.  This award was established to focus attention on the Smilow Cancer Hospital vision, mission and philosophy and to recognize exemplary clinical practice contributions of a staff nurse involved in the care of patients with cancer at the Smilow Cancer Hospital.  

Deadline for Nominations: April 10, 2017



6th Annual Oncology/ Research PCA Educational Grant Call for Nominations 

Smilow Cancer Hospital announces its s sixth annual Oncology/ Research PCA Educational Grant.  This award was established to focus attention on the Smilow Cancer Hospital vision, mission and philosophy and to recognize exemplary contributions of a Patient Care Associate involved in the care of patients with cancer at the Smilow Cancer Hospital.  

Deadline for Nominations: April 10, 2017

February 2017

Jeff Geschwind, MD, Chair of the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, has been appointed the inaugural President of the Society of Interventional Oncology.

Research led by Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD was selected by the American Society of Clinical Oncology for inclusion in Clinical Cancer Advances 2017, the Society's annual review of progress against cancer and emerging trends in the field. 

Laura J. Morrison, MD, FAAHPM, has been selected by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to participate in the Interpersonal and Communication Skills Working Group for the next version of resident and fellow trainee Reporting Milestones. 

Preston Sprenkle, MD, received a three-year appointment as Cancer Liaison Physician for the cancer program at VA Connecticut Healthcare System

January 2017

Craig Crews, PhD will be honored by the American Association for Cancer Research at the annual meeting in April with the Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry in Cancer Research Award

Tae Kon Kim, MD, PhD is the recipient of an American Society of Hematology Scholar Award. The title of the proposal is "Overcoming immune evasion in acute myeloid leukemia with antibody dependent cell cytotoxicity by PD-1H targeting and an immune modulator, anti-4-1BB antibody." The award will provide $100,000 to fund his research for two years.

Dr. Clarence Sasaki recently received the Giotakis-Psyrri Award from the Hellenic Society of Head and Neck Cancer

Congratulations to the 2017 Lion Heart grant recipients: Jian Cao, PhD: Targeting KDM5s to Enhance the Response to Immune Checkpoint Inhibition in Breast Cancer; Rosa Munoz Xicola, PhD: New DNA Repair Alterations in Hereditary Breast Cancer Susceptibility; Zhong Yun, PhD: A Novel Genetic Model of Tumor Hypoxia for Breast Cancer 

The National Organization of American Italian Women honored Patricia LoRusso, DO at its eighth annual Epiphany Celebration brunch. Dr. LoRusso was chosen as an honoree for her significant advances in medical oncology, drug development, and early phase clinical trials.

December 2016

Dr. Andrea Silber was awarded The CT Cancer Partnership 2016 Cancer Champion Award. The award recognizes contributions to cancer prevention and control in the state of Connecticut.

Janaki Parameswaran, MD, received the ECOG-ACRIN Young Investigator Symposium Award for Translational Research 

Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD will receive the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) Paul A. Bunn, Jr. Scientific Award

November 2016

Jennifer Kapo, MD was appointed by the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Raul Pino, MD, to the state's Palliative Care Advisory Council.

October 2016

Under the leadership of Dr. Hari Deshpande, Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital have been accepted as a member institution of SARC, a collaboration of researchers and clinical teams around the country working together to cure sarcoma.
 
Tara Sanft, MD has been selected as Vice Chair of the NCCN Survivorship Panel. 
 
Mario Sznol, MD is the newly elected President Elect of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer.

Rogerio Lilenbaum, MD has been named Chair of the Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) for Alliance Foundation Trials (AFT).

September 2016

Lisa Fucito, PhD, along with co-investigators Lynn Tanoue, MD and Steven Bernstein, MD, has received funding for a new R01 focused on tobacco cessation for lung cancer patients, Gain-framed Messages and NRT Sampling to Promote Smoking Cessation in Lung Cancer Screening Programs.

Jun Deng, PhD, received an R01 Grant from the NIH. The title of his project is "Tracking Organ Doses for Patient Safety in Radiation Therapy."

Dr. Xiaomei Ma and Dr. Nikolai Podoltsev will begin a two-year research project entitled "Myeloproliferative neoplasms: etiology, patterns of care, and outcomes." This $269K project will begin on October 1, 2016 and is being funded through generous support from the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation.

Susan Kaech, PhD has been named as the Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Immunobiology at Yale School of Medicine.

Qin Yan, PhD has been awarded a Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program Idea Award ($665,999 total). The title of this project is "Dissecting the Roles of ARID2 Tumor Suppressor in Metastatic Melanoma." 

Shang-Min Zhang, PhD, has been awarded a Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program Horizon Award ($124,874 total). The title of her project is "Epigenetic Regulation of Histone Demethylase JARID1B in Melanoma." 

Scott Huntington, MD, MPH, has received a Mentored Career Development Award (KL2) from the NIH to support his research abstract, "Curbing unnecessary diagnostic imaging: Barriers to adopting non-imaging based routine surveillance for patients with lymphoma."

John Roberts, MD, has been named executive chair of Yale University's Institutional Review Board (IRB), effective January 1.

August 2016

Ranjit Bindra, MD, PhD, a member of our Radiobiology and Radiotherapy Research Program, has received a $50k grant from the Pablove Foundation.   

Brian Shuch, MD, a member of our Developmental Therapeutics Research Program, has received a Career Development Award (K08) Grant from the National Cancer Institute to support his work to study "Genomic Heterogeneity and the Small Renal Mass."  

Yale New Haven Children's Hospital is one of 18 recipients across the country to receive a 2016 Hyundai Impact Grant from Hyundai Hope On Wheels®. The $50,000 Impact Grant was presented to Gary Kupfer, MD, Clinical Program Leader, Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital. 

July 2016

Erin Hofstatter, MD, is one of 13 recipients of the 2016 National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award (CCITLA). The award recognizes and supports outstanding mid-career clinical investigators at NCI-designated Cancer Centers who are working to improve the lives of people with cancer through extensive involvement in NCI-funded collaborative clinical trials and whose leadership, participation and activities promote clinical trials and research. 

Lynn D. Wilson, MD, MPH, FASTRO, has been elected Education Council Vice-Chair of the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). 

Sidi Chen, PhD, a member of our Genomics, Genetics, and Epigenetics Research Program, has received a one-year grant from the St. Baldrick's Foundation to study medulloblastoma, the most common malignant pediatric brain tumor.  

Steven Bernstein, MD, has received a 4-year, $2.7 million R01 entitled 'Optimizing Tobacco Dependence Treatment in the Emergency Department.' 

Yale School of Medicine awarded The Francis Gilman Blake Award for outstanding teaching of the medical sciences to Anthony Kim, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery (Thoracic Surgery).

June 2016

Yale Medical Oncology and Hematology graduating fellows were honored with a dinner at Union League Café hosted by Drs. Roy Herbst, Madhav Dhodapkar, Jill Lacy, Nikolai Podoltsev, and Michael Hurwitz. Dr. Noffar Bar, Dr. Tae Kon Kim, and Dr. Carolyn Presley each received a Research Award recognizing their outstanding work. Also, Dr. Sarah Mougalian and Dr. Terri Parker were presented with the 2016 David S. Fischer Teaching Awards for Outstanding Faculty Teaching and Mentoring of Fellow in Medical Oncology.

Miguel F. Sanmamed, MD, PhD has been awarded the 2016 SITC-AstraZeneca Cancer Immunotherapy Clinical Fellowship in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) for his project entitled, "Identifying primary and acquired resistance mechanism to PD-1/PD-L1 pathway blockade in non-small cell lung cancer patients using immune-patient-derived xenograft model." 

Valentina Greco, PhD, has been awarded the American Society for Cell Biology Early Career Life Scientist Award. The award supports an outstanding cell biologist who has served as an independent investigator for no more than seven years.

Lisa Shomsky, MBA, RN, CNML has been appointed as the inaugural Clinical Program Director, Smilow at Bridgeport

Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD, Associate Director for Translational Research and Chief of Medical Oncology presented on The Master Protocol in Oncology: Lessons Learned, at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute workshop on Enhancing Treatments for Pulmonary Vascular Diseases.

May 2016

Alfred Lee, MD, PhD was the recipient of this year's Charles W. Bohmfalk Teaching Prize for teaching in the basic sciences, in recognition of his efforts in teaching medical students.

Melinda Irwin, PhD, MPH, Associate Director of Population Sciences and Co-Director of Cancer Prevention and Control, has been awarded a R25 Grant from the NCI

Jonathan Ellman, PhD, was awarded the Dylan Hixon '88 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics from Yale University.

Jerry Malefatto, MD, received the Clarence F. Heimann Leadership Award

Mark Lemmon, PhD, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, the United Kingdom's national academy of science. The Society recognizes Dr. Lemmon's research into basic biochemistry and biophysics questions, which has yielded significant insights within the fields of cell signaling and cancer research.

Dr. Stephan Ariyan, has been named as the Frank F. Kanthak Professor in Plastic Surgery
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Fae Willett, RN, a nurse at the Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center in Fairfield, was honored with a Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing. 

Amy Vollono, RN, a nurse on our inpatient unit on NP 11 is the recipient of a DAISY Award from the DAISY Foundation for her outstanding compassion, advocacy, and care of patients. 

Joan A. Steitz, PhD, will be honored on May 26 with the Jonathan Kraft Prize for Excellence in Cancer Research at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.

April 2016

Abhijit Patel, PhD, received an R01 grant from the NCI to study "Circulating DNA as a Marker of Treatment Efficacy and Failure in Lung Cancer." 


Shiyi Wang, MD, PhD, received an award from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)


Amy Justice, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Public Health and Section Chief of Internal Medicine at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, has been awarded an R01 grant from the NIH to study HIV and Aging Mechanisms for Hepatocellular Cancer. 


Akiko Iwasaki, PhD, has been newly named as the Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Immunobiology and of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB). 


Carlos Oliveira, MD, Clinical Fellow in Pediatrics, has received a grant from the American Cancer Society to support his project on the "Clinical Effectiveness of Human Papillomavirus Vaccine." Linda Niccolai, PhD and Eugene Shapiro, MD are mentors on the project.


Lajos Pusztai, MD, has been named a Susan G. Komen Scholar and has also received a Leadership Grant from the organization. 


Rogerio Lilenbaum, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Smilow Cancer Hospital and Professor of Medicine, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO)


Joseph "Yossi" Schlessinger, PhD, has been named to the 2016 Class of Fellows of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Academy. 


Patricia LoRusso, DO, Associate Director for Innovation and Professor of Medicine, was recently elected to the Association of American Physicians (AAP).


Harriet Kluger, MD, Professor of Medicine, has been named to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI).


Joann Sweasy, PhD, has announced the winners of Yale Cancer Center's annual Pilot and Co-Pilot Awards


Pilot Awards: Alfred Bothwell, PhD, Ann Haberman, PhD, Beth A. Jones, PhD, MPH, Wu Liu, PhD, James. B. Yu, MD, MHS, Scott Huntington, MD, MPH, Mark Solomon, PhD


Co-Pilot Awards: Ranjit S. Bindra, MD, PhD and Co-PI: W. Mark Saltzman, PhD, Joseph Piepmeier, MD, Anita Huttner, MD, Rong Fan, PhD 


Don Nguyen, PhD received a Department of Defense IDEA Award, which supports "conceptually innovative high-risk/high-reward research" (2 years, $350,000).  His lab's proposal, "The Extracellular Matrix as a Companion Therapeutic Target in Metastatic Lung Cancer," will study how novel therapies can be used to modify the microenvironment of metastasis from lung cancer. 


Sally Adua has been selected as the 2016/17 recipient of the George Robert Pfeiffer Fellowship. Sally is identifying the molecular and physiological mechanisms, which link drug resistance to brain metastasis in EGFR mutant lung cancers.


Aarti Bhatia, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology in the Head and Neck Cancers Program, has been approved for grant funding by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) for her proposal "Single-Arm Phase II Trial of Dual Inhibition of EGFR with Afatinib and Cetuximab with Correlative Studies in the Second Line Treatment of Recurrent or Metastatic Squamous Cell Cancers of the Head and Neck." 

March 2016

Katie Politi, Assistant Professor of Pathology, is the 2017 awardee of the Ramsey Cotran Early Career Investigator Award from the American Association of Investigative Pathologists.  This is a highly competitive and prestigious award recognizing outstanding young investigators for their contributions to understanding the conceptual basis of disease.  


Congratulations to Yale Cancer Center's Murat Gunel, Akiko Iwasaki, and Anna Marie Pyle who have been inducted in the 2016 membership of The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. 


Susan J. Baserga is the winner of this year's American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology William C. Rose Award for her valuable contributions to the field of ribosome biogenesis research and her dedication as a teacher and a mentor. 


Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT) has announced that Samuel Katz, MD, PhD has been awarded a 2016 ACGT Young Investigator Grant to support his research on the Use of RNA to Kill Blood Cancers. 


Lynne Regan, PhD has been selected as an honoree in the 2016 Women of Innovation® program by the Connecticut Technology Council.

February 2016

Dr. Alfred Bothwell received a grant from the Pardee Foundation to fund the Development of human lung cancer metastasis model in mice. The goal of Dr. Bothwell's research project is to establish a humanized mouse model of human lung cancer and test the hypothesis that Dkk-1 is a driver of cancer metastasis.

Dr. Cary Gross and Dr. Sarah Mougalian received a grant from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Oncology Research Program, in collaboration with Pfizer, to study Optimizing Patient Engagement in Reporting Outcomes among Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer.

Ranjit Bindra, MD, PhD received an American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grant ($792,000) over 4 years for his project "Pre-clinical Development of Mibefradil as a Novel Glioma Radiosensitizer."

Wu Liu, PhD received a grant from the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation for his research project "Nanoparticle-enhanced focused kV x-ray Radiotherapy: Monte Carlo dosimetry modeling."

Edward Snyder, MD was selected to receive The Richard J. Davey Lectureship Award

January 2016

The American Association of Immunologists (AAI) honored Dr. Richard Flavell and Dr. Lieping Chen. Dr. Flavell will be presented with the AAI Excellence in Mentoring Award at the association's annual meeting in May. Dr. Chen will receive the AAI-Steinman Award for Human Immunology Research.
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Nicole Deziel, PhD, MHS received an American Cancer Society Mentored Research Scholar Grant entitled "Exposure to Halogenated Aromatic Compounds and Risk of Thyroid Cancer."  

Francine Foss, MD received a $200,000 grant from the Spatz Foundation to support her research proposal "Chemokine Receptor Antagonists for Cutaneous T cell Lymphoma."

The Breast Cancer Alliance recently awarded two grants to members of the Breast Center. The first is to Dr. Brigid Killelea to support the Breast Center's Interdisciplinary Breast Fellowship Program for the 2016-17 year. Dr. Andrea Silber also received an education and outreach grant from the Alliance to support her outreach efforts in the community from the Breast Center. Congratulations to both Dr. Killelea and Dr. Silber for their efforts


The 2016 Small Projects to Improve Patient Care grant recipients, funded through the Closer to Free Fund, have been announced. Chosen by committee chaired by Ruth McCorkle, RN, PhD, Assistant Director for Psychosocial Oncology, the following projects have been funded: 

  • Jane Jeuland, Palliative Care Chaplain - Beyond Why.org: Online Social Support for Oncology Staff 
  • Dana Shaffer, Art Expression Coordinator - Development of an Anthology of Patient Stories written during personal story writing workshops 
  • Lisa Barbarotta, APRN-BC, Nurse Practitioner - IMPACT- Improving the mindset and perceptions about cancer together: An educational conference for young adults living with cancer 
  • Taylor Healey, BSN, RN, North Pavilion 12 - Respite Room for patients and families

Congratulations to the 2016 Lion Heart Grant recipients! The grant committee reviewed several outstanding applications and chose the following three projects for funding:  

Preclinical Evaluation of Candidate Drug Combinations for Treatment of Triple Negative Breast Cancer; David F. Stern, PhD  

Targeting CaSR/GABABR1 Heterodimers to Treat Bone Metastases in Breast Cancer; John J Wysolmerski, MD  

How Does Na+/I Symporter (NIS) Expression in Metastatic Breast Cancer Correlate with Histopathological, Biological and Clinical Parameters?; Nancy Carrasco, MD

Congratulations to Yale Cancer Center's 2015-16 American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant award winners: 

Sidi Chen, PhD - Department of Genetics & Systems Biology Institute Investigating Functional Roles of MIR-345 in Cancer Metastasis  

Nadya Dimitrova, PhD- Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology The roles of p53-regulated long non-coding RNAs in tumorigenesis  

Smita Krishnaswamy, PhD- Department of Genetics Understanding and Disrupting Dynamic Rewiring in Signaling and Gene Regulatory Pathways during the Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition  

Christos Hatzis, PhD- Section of Medical Oncology Exploring the dynamics of 

de-differentiation in breast cancer cells  

Matthew Strout, MD, PhD- Section of Hematology Therapeutic targeting of programmed DNA damage in B cell lymphoma

December 2015

Congratulations to the 2015 Leslie H. Warner Postdoctoral Fellowship Award Winners:

Katherine Amato, PhD- Faculty mentors: Katie Politi and Susan Kaech “Mechanisms of response and resistance to immune checkpoint inhibitors in lung adenocarcinoma”

Soo Seok (Steve) Hwang, PhD- Faculty mentor: Richard Flavell “A molecular study of transcription factor Hhex mediated Treg development”

Alice Gaudin, PhD- Faculty mentor: Mark Saltzman “PEGylated Squalenoyl-Gemcitabine nanoparticles for the treatment of glioblastoma”

Lizhen Wu, PhD- Faculty mentor: Qin Yan “The regulation of alternative polyadenylation by JARID1 in breast cancer”

The Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF) awarded Kurt Schalper, MD, PhD, a $75,000 grant to support Quantitative analysis of the PD-1 axis components and immune infiltrates in lung cancer: predictive role and therapeutic implications at their annual lung cancer awareness luncheon.

November 2015

Congratulations to the 2015 Leslie H. Warner Postdoctoral Fellowship Award Winners: 

Katherine Amato, PhD- Faculty mentors: Katie Politi and Susan Kaech “Mechanisms of response and resistance to immune checkpoint inhibitors in lung adenocarcinoma” 

Soo Seok (Steve) Hwang, PhD- Faculty mentor: Richard Flavell “A molecular study of transcription factor Hhex mediated Treg development” 

Alice Gaudin, PhD- Faculty mentor: Mark Saltzman “PEGylated Squalenoyl-Gemcitabine nanoparticles for the treatment of glioblastoma” 

Lizhen Wu, PhD- Faculty mentor: Qin Yan “The regulation of alternative polyadenylation by JARID1 in breast cancer”

The Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF) awarded Kurt Schalper, MD, PhD, a $75,000 grant to support Quantitative analysis of the PD-1 axis components and immune infiltrates in lung cancer: predictive role and therapeutic implications at their annual lung cancer awareness luncheon.

October 2015

Congratulations to this year's presenters at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium being held December 8-12. Click here to view Yale presenters

Dr. Murat Gunel, Nixdorff-German Professor of Neurosurgery and Professor of Genetics and of Neurobiology and Chief, Department of Neurosurgery, Yale-New Haven Hospital, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Günel's clinical expertise in neurosurgery focuses on treating complex brain aneurysms and vascular malformations, as well as brain tumors. Learn More >> 

The National Cancer Institute has named Craig Crews, PhD, a recipient of its Outstanding Investigator Award. Dr. Crews, the L. B. Cullman Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, was one of 60 US scientists to receive the award, which brings $4.2 million over seven years to support his lab's research. Learn More >> 

The International Society of Gastrointestinal Oncology (ISGIO) has named Howard Hochster, MD, as president elect. Dr. Hochster, Professor of Medical Oncology; Associate Director for Clinical Sciences at Yale Cancer Center; and Director of the Gastrointestinal Cancers Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, will serve a two-year term as president-elect followed by two years as president. Learn More >> 

Dr. Henry Park was a recipient of the Resident Digital Poster Recognition Award at the ASTRO Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX last week. His poster, Higher Facility Case Volume of Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Is Associated With Improved Overall Survival in Clinical Stage I Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, was presented during the Lung Cancer session of the meeting.

Congratulations to the 2015 ASTRO presenters. The conference this year is being held October 18-21st in San Antonio. View Yale sessions

Gary Kupfer, MD has received a $250,000 Scholar Grant from the Hyundai Hope on Wheels Program. Dr. Kupfer will use the funding to screen the Fanconi anemia pathway to identify synthetic lethality to find targets in tumors mutant in Fanconi genes. He also hopes to identify pathways to target that will result in protection of children's bone marrow who have the Fanconi anemia bone marrow failure syndrome.

September 2015

Nominations for The Ruth McCorkle Oncology Advanced Practice Provider award are now being accepted. 

Dr. Rogerio Lilenbaum has been appointed to the Board of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Yale Cancer Center has received a supplemental grand to our cancer center support grant to support a Community Health Educator to provide clinical trial education and disparity outreach in the New Haven community. The program will be under the direction of Andrea Silber, MD, Beth Jones, PhD, and Melinda Irwin, PhD.

Doximity.com has ranked The Radiation Oncology Residency Program #13 in the nation for reputation in its annual ranking of residency programs. Learn More >> 

July 2015

The David S. Fischer, MD annual award for outstanding teaching & mentoring of fellows in Medical Oncology was awarded to Michael E. Hurwitz, MD, PhD.

The David S. Fischer, MD annual award for outstanding teaching & mentoring of fellows in Hematology was awarded to Alfred Lee, MD.

The David S. Fischer, MD annual award to a faculty member of Yale Cancer Center and The Veterans Administration Connecticut Cancer Center for outstanding teaching & mentoring of fellows in Medical Oncology & Hematology was awarded to Natalia Neparidze, MD.

The Medical Oncology & Hematology Fellowship Program annual award for Outstanding Fellow in Research was awarded to Mehmet Altan, MD (Medical Oncology) and

Andrew Branagan, MD (Hematology).

The Trustees of the Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation have named Valentina Greco, PhD, the 59th Mallinckrodt Scholar, through a competitive competition. Dr. Greco is a member of Yale Cancer Center's Signal Transduction Program. The funding of the grant commences October 1, 2015 and includes a stipend of $100,000 annually for four years. Women's Health Research at Yale announced their Pilot Project funding for 2015, and Yale Cancer Center's Christine J. Ko, MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology and Pathology, has been awarded a grant in collaboration with Yale Cancer Center to study skin cancer. Her research project aims to identify a biological marker to predict the growth rate and recurrence of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. Dr. Ko's research team's current target is a mutated gene they believe marks the difference between a slow-growing cancer and a more aggressive one.

The Women's Faculty Forum at Yale recently selected 20 faculty members across the university to work with journalists from The OpEd Project. Congratulations to Dr. Laura J. Morrison from the Yale Palliative Care Program and Dr. Anees Chagpar, Director of the Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital, who have been selected to participate in The Public Voices Fellowship at Yale University.

May 2015

Congratulations to Joseph Contessa MD, PhD and Evan Morris, PhD, co-principal investigators on a new R01 from the National Cancer Institute, "Validation of Quantitative 11C-Erlotinib PET for Imaging EGFR-Mutant Lung Cancer." Their project will be done in collaboration with Sarah Goldberg, MD, MPH, and is the first NIH funded collaboration between Yale Cancer Center and the Yale PET Center. The 3-year grant totals over $750,000.

Dr. Andrea Silber has received a $35,000 grant from Avon Foundation for Women at AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer. The grant will provide patient navigation to medically underserved metastatic breast cancer patients to help them access care and make informed health care decisions.

Congratulations to Sarah Goldberg, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology), the recipient of this year's Charles A. Coltman, Jr., Fellowship from the SWOG/Hope Foundation. Dr. Goldberg also received the first SWOG Trial Support, or STrS, award, which will provide critical bridge funding for the S1403 lung cancer trial now in protocol development.

The Clinical Research Forum awarded its top honor to Yale Cancer Center's Dr. Roy Herbst for a paper he co-authored on immune therapy for multiple types of cancer. The top prize, The Herbert Pardes Clinical Research Achievement Award, was awarded for a team-written paper published last November in the journal Nature. Dr. Herbst was first author of the paper that reported how the presence of PD-L1, an immune-suppressing protein in non-cancerous immune cells, may predict how patients will respond to treatment.   Learn More >>

Qin Yan, PhD, a member of the Cancer Genetics and Genomics Program, has been awarded another NCI R21 grant ($398,352 total) to study the roles of epigenetic mechanisms of drug resistance.  The title of the project is "Identifying epigenetic changes critical for trastuzumab resistance." The project will be done in collaboration with

D rs. David Stern, Narendra Wajapeyee, Michael DiGiovanna, and David Rimm.

Nancy Carrasco, MD, Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and a member of Yale Cancer Center's Cancer Genetics and Genomics Program, has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors bestowed upon scientists. 

Dr. Roy Herbst recently was elected to the Association of American Physicians (AAP), one of North America's oldest medical honor societies. Dr. Vincent T. DeVita, Jr. nominated Dr. Herbst for membership. "Being elected to the AAP is a great honor richly deserved by Roy Herbst whose research with targeted therapy and immunotherapy of lung cancer has had a significant impact on the field of cancer treatment," Dr. DeVita said. Learn More >>

April 2015

Richard Edelson, MD, the Aaron B. and Marguerite Lerner Professor of Dermatology and Chair of the department, received the 2015 Discovery Award during the annual meeting of the Dermatology Foundation on March 21 in San Francisco. The award recognizes an outstanding investigator "whose research accomplishments have greatly impacted the understanding of cutaneous biology, identified a previously unrecognized disease, or developed a revolutionary new therapy."

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Congratulations to Richard Lifton, MD, PhD, who has been named Co-Chair of the President's Precision Medicine Initiative research network. Formed as a Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD), the team of experts will deliver a preliminary report in September 2015 that will inform efforts to accelerate the understanding of individual differences that play a role in health, with the goal of informing better prevention and treatment strategies tailored for each person. 

Wendelin Nelson, Pharm D, BCOP has been recognized by the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), as the recipient of the 2015 ONS Susan Baird Excellence in Clinical Writing Award. Wendelin is being recognized as the first author for her article entitled "Development of a Policy and Procedure for Accidental Chemotherapy Overdose" that appeared in the August 2014 issue of Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.  The award will be presented to Dr. Nelson during the ONS Annual Congress April 23-26, in Orlando, FL.

Edward Snyder, MD has published Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: A Handbook for Clinicians as an editor of the text.

Maysa Abu-Khalaf, MD, recently participated in a Breast Cancer in the Arab World 2015 conference in Amman, Jordan as a moderator and a panelist. The Jordan Breast Program under the leadership of HRH Princess Dina Mired organized the conference.

March 2015

Evan Morris, PhD, a member of Yale Cancer Center's Radiobiology and Radiotherapy Program, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research and teach next winter at Hadassah Hospital and Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Smilow Cancer Hospital Hematology Program staff, friends, and families were recently recognized as a 1st place corporate team by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for their efforts raising over $2000 to support the Society in its annual Light the Night Walk at Lighthouse Point.

Congratulations to Yale Cancer Center members Peter Glazer, Alanna Schepartz, Craig Crews, and Vasilis Vasiliou, who were recently elected into the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. Election to the Academy is on the basis of scientific and engineering distinction achieved through significant contributions in scientific and engineering excellence.

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Many Yale Cancer Center faculty members participated in the 15th Annual Targeted Therapies of Lung Cancer Meeting in Santa Monica, CA last week, co-chaired by Roy Herbst, MD, PhD. Sponsored by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, the invitation-only meeting gathers the top scientists to discuss the latest advances in the treatment of lung cancer with targeted therapies. 

February 2015

Joseph Schlessinger, PhD, the William H. Prusoff Professor of Pharmacology has been awarded the 2015 Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Biomedicine from the Madrid-based BBVA Foundation in recognition of his work leading to the first personalized treatments for cancer. Dr. Schlessinger shares the prize with Tony Hunter of the Salk Institute and Charles L. Sawyers, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, for "carving out the path that led to the development of a new class of successful cancer drugs." Read More >>

Pasquale Patrizio, MD, Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences and Director of Fertility Preservation Program and a member of the Yale Cancer Center Developmental Therapeutics Program, has been elected President of the International Society for Fertility Preservation.

Qin Yan, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology and a member of Yale Cancer Center's Genetics and Genomics Research Program, has been awarded R21 Grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the roles of epigenetic regulators in breast cancer metastasis. The $398,352 grant will be conducted in collaboration with Drs. Don Nguyen, Narendra Wajapeyee, and David Rimm.

January 2015

The Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven has received Three-Year Full Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons, National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. NAPBC Accreditation is the seal of approval for breast centers from the American College of Surgeons and formally acknowledges their commitment to providing the highest quality evaluation and management of patients with breast disease. Learn More>>

Narendra Wajapeyee, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology and a member of the Yale Cancer Center Signal Transduction Program, has received a R21 grant from National Cancer Institute to study the role of metabolic alteration in melanoma biology and therapy. The $400,000 grant is in collaboration with investigators Gary Cline and Yuval Kluger. Dr. Wajapeyee also received a research grant award from Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer research to identify the drivers of pancreatic cancer. Xiaoyong Yang, PhD, Associate Professor of Comparative Medicine and a member of the Yale Cancer Center Signal Transduction Program, has received an American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grant to study the Control of Cancer Metabolism by O-Linked Glycosylation. The four-year grant totals $792,000.

Narendra Wajapeyee, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology and a member of the Yale Cancer Center Signal Transduction Program, has received a R21 grant from National Cancer Institute to study the role of metabolic alteration in melanoma biology and therapy. The $400,000 grant is in collaboration with investigators Gary Cline and Yuval Kluger. Dr. Wajapeyee also received a research grant award from Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer research to identify the drivers of pancreatic cancer. 

Xiaoyong Yang, PhD, Associate Professor of Comparative Medicine and a member of the Yale Cancer Center Signal Transduction Program, has received an American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grant to study the Control of Cancer Metabolism by O-Linked Glycosylation. The four-year grant totals $792,000.

The National Cancer Institute has awarded Don Nguyen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology and a member of the Signal Transduction Research Program, a 5-year R01 grant ($1,724,760 total), to study the role of metabolic stress in lung cancer metastasis. This project will be performed in collaboration with Gary Cline and Qin Yan. The title of the grant is "A novel lineage pathway controls metabolic adaptation by metastatic lung cancers."

Congratulations to Abhijit Patel, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Therapeutic Radiology and a member of the Radiobiology and Radiotherapy Program. Dr. Patel has received a $200K grant from the Brozman Foundation to study "Ultrasensitive detection of tumor DNA in blood for early diagnosis of ovarian cancer."

The annual Lion Heart Grants for Breast Cancer Research were awarded to three Yale Cancer Center investigators for 2015:

Donald Engelman, PhD:Targeting Chemotherapy in Breast Cancer: Weakly-acidic prodrugs bias drug uptake toward tumors

Vikram Wali, PhD: Exploiting Metabolic Isoenzyme Shifts in Breast Cancer to Discover Novel Therapies

Vikram Wali, PhD and Chistos Hatzis, PhD: Evaluation of New Treatment Strategy for Triple Negative Breast Cancer Involving Combinations of Cancer Stem Cell Specific Drugs and Standard Chemotherapy At the Annual American Society of Hematology Conference in December, the following students received abstract achievement awards: Linette Bosques, Amalyah Figueroa, Chad Sanada, Alexandra Teixeira, Siying Zou, Shiny Nair, and Roger Kim.

December 2014

Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and a member of the Yale Cancer Center Cancer Prevention and Control Program, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut Tobacco and Health Trust Fund.

November 2014

Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD, Ensign Professor of Medicine and Professor of Pharmacology and Chief of Medical Oncology at Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, was one of four US oncologists honored recently with the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation's (ALCF) Excellence in Collaboration and Innovation Award. Earlier this year, the foundation gave Dr. Herbst its 2014 Addario Leadership Award for his expertise in lung cancer treatment and research.

Congratulations to Kathryn Pratt, RN, BSN who was honored as one of 5 finalists for the 2014 The Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award at the Schwartz Center annual dinner last week. Kathryn is a nurse coordinator for our Stem Cell Transplant Unit. "Kathryn gives patients confidence in their decisions to move forward with transplant and provides the connection and support they need during this very scary time," said her nominating colleague.

Last week, Yale University President Peter Salovey awarded the inaugural President's Award for Staff Excellence to our Pathology Tissue Services Team, one of Yale Cancer Center's8 Shared Resources. The lab is an extremely valuable resource for translational research because it provides tissue samples to investigators for laboratory testing. Congratulations to the entire team on this well deserved recognition of excellence!

Congratulations to our Head and Neck Cancer Program! Yale-New Haven Hospital has been listed as the #3 screening site in the world by the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance for the number of patients screened last year during our annual screening programs.  This effort was spearheaded by Joseph Mendes, Surgical Services Clinical Manager for the ENT team, and Dr. Wendell Yarbrough, Director of our Head and Neck Cancer Program, along with a committee of dedicated people.  429 people were screened at last year's events!

The Blavatnik Family Foundation has awarded Pantelis Rompolas, PhD with a Regional Award of $10,000  in recognition of his contributions to our understanding of tissue development and regeneration. Dr. Rompolas is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Valentina Greco's laboratory.

Hari Deshpande, MD presented at the American Thyroid Association Annual Meeting on the Frequency of Lymph Node Involvement in Parathyroid Carcinoma: A Seer Database Analysis. The poster was done in collaboration with Drs. Udelsman, Carling, Quinn, Holt, Inzucchi, Burtness, Morgensztern, and Callender.

October 2014

W. Mark Saltzman, PhD, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Dr. Saltzman is the Goizueta Foundation Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and a pioneer in the fields of drug delivery, biomaterials, nanobiotechnology, and tissue engineering. He is a member of the Yale Cancer Center's Developmental Therapeutics Program. 

Don X. Nguyen, PhD has received a one-year, $50,000 grant from the Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF) to study the efficacy of drugs that target the proteasome in treating metastatic lung cancer. 

Lynn T. Tanoue, MD, Professor of Medicine (Pulmonology), has been named President-Elect of the Yale-New Haven Hospital Medical Board, which sponsors numerous committees to evaluate and improve the professional activities of the medical staff and the quality of healthcare at Yale-New Haven Hospital. 

Sarah Goldberg, MD, MPH has been awarded the 2014 SWOG/Hope Foundation Coltman Fellowship. The fellowship engages outstanding young investigators from SWOG affiliated institutions in learning clinical trial methodology within an academic and cooperative group environment that will lead to independent clinical research. 

Benjamin Toll, PhD has been awarded an R21 grant from the NIH to implement a smoking cessation clinical trial evaluating the differences between standard care intervention (counseling plus nicotine replacement) and standard care plus monetary rewards for smoking cessation in presurgical cancer patients. The primary aim of the proposed study is to develop an effect size for smoking cessation at the time of surgery (7-day point prevalence), with a secondary aim of creating an effect size for long-term abstinence at 3 months post-surgery. He and his research team will also examine exploratory outcomes of perioperative complications and rates of continuous abstinence. Dr. Roy Herbst is a co-investigator on the trial with Dr. Toll. 

Linda Niccolai, PhD was awarded an administrative supplement grant to the Cancer Center core grant for one year of support to fund her project on "Increasing Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Coverage among Adolescents in Connecticut." 

James Yu, MD received a PhRMA Foundation Research Starter Grant at the Turning The Tide Against Cancer Conference last week. The grant will support his research on "Quantifying the Benefit of Modern Cancer Therapy for Elderly Patients: A Population Level Measurement." 

Congratulations to Dr. Vincent DeVita, the Amy and Joseph Perella Professor of Medical Oncology and former Director of Yale Cancer Center, who received the prestigious honor of having developed the treatment for Hodgkins Disease, MOPP, which was voted as the Top Advance in 50 Years of Modern Oncology by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). 

Melinda Irwin, PhD has received a two-year grant from the American Institute for Cancer Research. The AICR award will expand Dr. Irwin's LEAN study and enroll 200 overweight breast cancer survivors and complete a 6-month post-intervention assessment of maintenance of weight, as well as changes in physical activity, diet, and quality of life.

September 2014

Qin Yan, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology, and a member of the Yale Cancer Center Cancer Genetics and Genomics Program, was awarded a Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program Breakthrough Award to support his research project, "Targeting an Epigenetic Regulator to Suppress Breast Cancer Metastasis." This 3-year project ($700,000 direct cost and $1,165,498 in total cost) will be conducted in collaboration with Drs. Don Nguyen, David Stern, and Carmen Booth.

Narendra Wajapeyee, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology, and a member of the Yale Cancer Center Signal Transduction Program, received a Biomedical Research Grant from the American Lung Association for his studies on "Personalized therapy of p53-mutant lung cancers."

Don Nguyen, PhD, a member of the Yale Cancer Center Signal Transduction Program, was awarded a 2-year R21 grant from the NCI, entitled: "Epigenetic modulation of lung cancer metastasis by a novel long intergenic RNA." The project will be done in collaboration with Dr. David Rimm.

Melinda Irwin, PhD, Co-director of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program, has received a grant from the CT Breast Health Initiative to support dissemination of Lifestyle, Exercise, and Nutrition (LEAN) Study intervention by testing her team's LEAN book as an intervention without the addition of counseling.

August 2014

Stephanie Halene, MD, received a grant from the Evans Foundation to support her research on Molecular mechanisms underlying deregulated hematopoiesis caused by mutations in the serine-rich splicingfactor 2 (SRSF2) in myelodysplasia (MDS). Her collaborators on the grant include Giovanni Stefani, Toma Tebaldi, Scott Hiebert, Yorgo Modis, Yuval Kluger, and Manoj Pillai.

Lieping Chen, MD, PhD, the United Technologies Corporation Professor of Cancer Research at Yale Cancer Center and Professor of Immunobiology, Dermatology, and Medicine at Yale School of Medicine, has been named a 2014 William B. Coley Award winner. The Coley award is the top prize given by the Cancer Research Institute at its annual symposium.  Dr. Chen will give the 22nd annual William B. Coley lecture during the symposium in New York City this October.

The Department of Public Health has released the 2014 Biomedical Trust Fund Award Grants. Three Yale Cancer Center members have received grant funds: 

Stephanie Halene, PhD: The goal of this project is to identify mechanisms of relapse in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and to model AML relapse in humanized immunodeficient mice with the ultimate goal to develop and test novel treatments.

Collaborators:  Richard Flavell, Anthony Rongvaux, Nikolai Podoltsev, Steven Gore, Natalia Neparidze, Terri Parker, Caroline Cromwell, Alfred Lee, Steven Kleinstein, and Shrikant Mane.

Edward Kaftan, PhD: The goals of this project are to determine the optimal dose and dosing schedule for the protective drugs and to determine the requirement of neuronal calcium sensor 1 (NCS1) in the development of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). 

Collaborators:  Barbara Ehrlich and Paul Eder.

Michael Robek, PhD: The purpose of this project is to develop a safe and effective therapeutic vaccine to cure chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and prevent the complications such as liver cancer that occur as a consequence of this disease.

Collaborator:  Michael Rose

July 2014

Roy Decker, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Therapeutic Radiology and a member of Yale Cancer Center's Radiotherapy and Radiobiology Research Program, has been selected to represent SWOG on the Brain Malignancies Steering Committee (BMSC). The goal of the BMSC is to promote the best clinical and translational research for patients with brain cancer by critically reviewing phase II and phase III clinical trial concepts.

S. David Hudnall, MD, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and a member of Yale Cancer Center's Molecular Virology Program, recently published a textbook through Springer entitled, "Viruses and Human Cancer."  The book provides a comprehensive review of the seven currently known human tumor viruses and their associated cancers.

Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the Honor Society of Nursing, has announced its 2014 Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame inductees, which includes Ruth McCorkle, PhD, RN, FAAN, Assistant Director of Psychosocial Oncology Research at Yale Cancer Center, Florence Schorske Wald Professor of Nursing, and Professor of Epidemiology. The induction ceremony will take place during STTI's 25th International Nursing Research Congress in Hong Kong, July 24-28, 2014.

Abhijit Patel, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Therapeutic Radiology and a member of our Radiobiology and Radiotherapy Program, has been awarded an Early Detection Research Award from the LUNGevity Foundation. The award is for $200K over 2 years and will support his research into "Detection of early-stage lung cancers via tumor DNA in blood."

Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD, Chief of Medical Oncology, Ensign Professor of Medicine, and Associate Director of Translational Medicine, was awarded the Alvin S. Slotnik Lecture Award for notable contributions to cancer research from Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center.

Susan Mayne, PhD, was selected for the inaugural Excellence in Education Award from the Society for Epidemiologic Research. The Excellence in Education award is presented to an individual who has made substantial contributions to the field of epidemiology through mentoring, training, and/or teaching.

June 2014

Valentina Greco, PhD, Assistant Professor of Genetics and Dermatology and a member of our Molecular Virology Program, has been selected as the recipient of the American Society for Cell Biology Women in Cell Biology 2014 Junior Award for Excellence in Research Award. The award recognizes exceptional scientific contributions to cell biology, development of a strong independent research program, and exhibiting the potential for continued scientific achievement and leadership.

Alfred L.M. Bothwell, PhD, Professor of Immunobiology and a member of our Immunology and Immunotherapy Program, has received the Inaugural Wendy U. and Thomas C. Naratil Pioneer Award from Women's Health Research at Yale to support his project to study "Personalized Medicine" for the Most Lethal Endometrial Cancer. Dr. Bothwell will look for new, more effective treatments for uterine serous cancer, a particularly aggressive form of endometrial cancer that accounts for 10 percent of endometrial cancer cases, but is responsible for nearly 40 percent of endometrial cancer deaths.

Andrew T. Putnam, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology) and a member of Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven's Palliative Care Medicine Program, was awarded his certification for completion of the 2013-2014 Medical Education Fellowship through the Yale School of Medicine's Teaching and Learning Center at the Yale Medical Education conference. Dr. Putnam also presented a poster at the conference entitled, "Faculty Development to Acquire Effective Communication Skills: Tailoring our Communication to Best Suit our Patients."

Simon Kim, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Urology, received a Career Development Award from the Conquer Cancer Foundation at this year's ASCO meeting. The three-year, $200,000 grant will support his research project on "National Trends in Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer and Barriers to its Use."

Yale School of Medicine presented The Charles W. Bohmfalk Prize for teaching in the basic sciences to Susan Baserga, PhD, MD, Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, of Genetics, and of Therapeutic Radiology, and a member of our Genetics and Genomics Research Program.

May 2014

Douglas E. Brash, Professor of Therapeutic Radiology and a member of our Radiobiology and Radiotherapy Program, will be awarded the 2014 Finsen Medal of the International Union of Photobiology. The IUP Congress presents the medal, recognizing lifetime achievement in photobiology, every five years. It commemorates Niels R. Finsen, recipient of the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his studies on phototherapy of cutaneous tuberculosis. Dr. Brash's laboratory has elucidated many of the steps through which sunlight causes skin cancer.

Alanna Schepartz, PhD, Milton Harris Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, and a member of Yale Cancer Center's Developmental Therapeutics Program, has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences

David Schatz, PhD, Professor of Immunobiology and of Biophysics and Biochemistry and a member of Yale Cancer Center's Immunology and Immunotherapy Program, has been elected in to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

Roy Herbst, MD, PhD participated in the National Forum on the Future of Health Care at the National Press Club in Washington, DC last week and presented on Research in the Age of Personalized Medicine: Lung Cancer Master Protocol. 

Daniel Petrylak, MD presented a poster during the 29th Annual EAU Congress in Stockholm, which was awarded a best poster award during the meeting. A phase 2 trial of prostate specific membrane antigen antibody drug conjugate (PSMA ADC) in taxane-treated metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (MCRPC). 

Narendra Wajapeyee, MD has published Cancer Genomics and Proteomics: Methods and Protocols, as part of the Methods in Molecular Biology Book Series.

Cary Gross, MD has been awarded a 3-year grant from the American Cancer Society totaling $592,000 to study cancer disparities. His study will provide a timely assessment of personalized cancer care patterns and their impact on cancer equity, and identify potential leverage points to ensure optimum access to this novel and increasingly important aspect of cancer care.

April 2014

Barbara Burtness, MD has recently published Molecular Determinants of Head and Neck Cancer in the Current Cancer Research Series (Series Editor: Wafik El-Deiry, MD).

March 2014

Leah Ferrucci, PhD received the Best Poster Award  at the American Society of Preventive Oncology  meeting for her poster, "Ultraviolet radiation-related behaviors among young people after a diagnosis of melanoma or basal cell carcinoma."

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) today presented the 2014 William W. Tipton Leadership Award to Gary E. Friedlaender, MD.  The Tipton Leadership Award recognizes Academy members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities that have benefitted the orthopaedic community, patients, and/or the American public. 

Alfred Bothwell, PhD, a member of the Cancer Immunology Program, has received an RO1 grant entitled "Regulatory T cell Control of Intestinal Tumorigenesis" from the National Cancer Institutes. Dr. Bothwell's research will look to give important mechanistic insight into the specific inflammatory molecules that can compromise cells of the immune system.

The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering announced that six members of Yale Cancer Center were elected to membership on the basis of their distinguished contributions to science or engineering. The YCC members are Ronald Breaker, Lynn Cooley, Daniel DiMaio, James Duncan, Theodore Holford, Stephanie O'Malley, and Patrick Sung.

February 2014

Kenneth Williams, PhD has received a $25,000 Yale School of Public Health Ovarian Cancer Pilot Research Grant, which is funded by the Tina Brozman Foundation, for one year to support his project, "Targeted Serum Proteome Assay for Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer.

Brian Shuch, MD has been named to the NCI/NIH PDQ Cancer Genetics Editorial Board and their Kidney Cancer Working Group.

January 2014

Dr. Andrea Silber has received a $20,000 grant from the Breast Cancer Alliance to support community outreach and education in the New Haven community. Dr. Silber will use the funds to help provide breast cancer education and increase clinical trial participation at our Care Center at the St. Raphael Campus. 

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has elected Mark Saltzman, PhD, Goizueta Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, & Physiology, and a member of the Developmental Therapeutics Program, as a 2013 NAI Fellow. 

Congratulations to Melissa Durand, MD, Veerle Bossuyt, MD, Christos Hatzis, PhD, and Lajos Pusztai, MD, DPhil - each of whom received a Lion Heart grant to support their breast cancer research work. William K.C Cheung, PhD, a post doctoral associate in Don Nguyen's lab, was awarded a $100k grant from Uniting Against Lung Cancer to support his project titled: "Treating metastasis by differentiation therapy: Identifying druggable pathways."