Cancer Center News

2009 Cancer Center News

University Hospitals Case Medical Center Researchers Receive NIH Stimulus Funds to Test New Drug Against Deadly Brain Tumor
October 13, 2009
...Charles Nock, MD, of the UH Ireland Cancer Center, is the principal investigator (PI) of this study. He and Andrew Sloan, MD, co-PI, Peter D. Cristal Chair of Neurosurgical Oncology, and Director of the Brain Tumor and Neuro-oncology Center in the UH Neurological Institute, will lead the study of the drug, GDC-0449, developed by Genentech. The drug seeks to block a cellular molecular pathway, known as the sonic hedgehog pathway, that is crucial to the maintenance of these stem cells, known to be present in aggressive brain tumors...

Research Shows a Potential Retroviral Link Between XMRV and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
October 8, 2009
...Dr. Robert Silverman, a cancer biologist in the Lerner Research Institute who was part of the team that discovered XMRV, and collaborators at the Whittemore Peterson Institute, located at the University of Nevada, Reno, and the National Cancer Institute, published their findings in the Oct. 8 online issue of Science...

Researchers from University Hospitals Case Medical Center Find That African American Lung Cancer Patients May Have Different Response to New Cancer-fighting Drugs
October 8, 2009
Clinical research out of University Hospitals Case Medical Center has found that African Americans with a common form of lung cancer have a lower frequency of drug-sensitizing genetic mutations, which may impact response to new cancer-fighting drugs. Published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Rom Leidner, MD, and colleagues report that ethnicity plays a significant role in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) genetics and more personalized treatments may be beneficial to cancer patients...

Prestigious $4.9M NIH Grant Awarded to Case Western Reserve for Colon Cancer Research
September 25, 2009
...The five-year grant will fund research to identify patients' inborn genetic susceptibility to the development of colon cancer metastasis. ..."The distinction of being selected for this award reflects the leading role played by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the University Hospitals Ireland Cancer Center at the national level," says Sanford Markowitz, the study's principal investigator and the Markowitz-Ingalls Professor of Cancer Genetics.

Neal Meropol, MD, Recruited as Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Associate Director for Clinical Research
June 9, 2009
Neal Meropol, MD, has been recruited as Associate Director for Clinical Research at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Meropol has an outstanding track record as a clinical and translational investigator and will assume a prominent role at our cancer center.  Read more

Scientist at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Receives $1.66M Grant from NIH for Otoprotection Research
April 13, 2009
Qing Yin Zheng, MD, assistant professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Genetics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and member of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been awarded a five year $1.66 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Project Grant Program (R01) to explore the impact of several molecular pathways on inner ear dysfunction in Ushers syndrome.

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