Volume 1, Issue 5

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New Faculty

Dr. Yan Cui Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Member of the GRU Cancer Center in the Cancer Immunology, Inflammation and Tolerance Program Yan Cui, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
kaminski Joseph Kaminiski, MD Associate Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology

Also New to the Cancer Center

  • Bhagelu Ram Achyut, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Eyad Alfa, Research Technician
  • Adarsh Askar, Research Assistant
  • Chunlin Cai, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Valentyna Fesenkova, Assistant Research Scientist
  • Payal Goka, GYN Nurse Practitioner
  • Alyssa Haskins, Administrative Assistant, Director’s Office
  • Cheryl Price, Oncology Clinical Research Nurse
    Sonya Kyles,
    Research Technician
  • Carrie McAteer, Multicenter Coordinator
  • Xiaoou Ren, Visiting Scholar


Frank Mott, MD
Frank E. Mott, MD, FACP: for recently being appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
Prevention is the best medicine

Director's Corner: Samir N. Khleif, MD

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”Thomas Alva Edison

February is Cancer Prevention Month and setting aside time to focus on the work being done, and yet to be done, is as important as ever.

A recent report by the United Nation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) shows that an estimated 8.2 million people died from cancer in 2012, that cancer incidence over a four year period leading up to 2012 rose by 11 percent and that, at this rate, cancer cases will rise by 75 percent over the next 20 years.

This does not mean cancer has become more difficult to treat On the contrary, advances are being made every day, many right here at the GRU Cancer Center. Remission is a word we are able to use far more often than ever before. So why are rates rising? It’s an issue of disparity and education.

Not everyone in the world has that kind of treatment options available that we are proud to provide. Not everyone in the world has access to the information we are able to disseminate so freely. The (IARC) study estimates that by 2025, almost 80 percent of all cancer deaths will occur in less economically-developed regions of the world. That’s what makes Cancer Prevention Month – a month focused on the global issue of preventing cancer before it occurs – so important. It reminds us that it is patients, not a disease, that we are treating and that sometimes, it is also a behavior.

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Grants News

Newly Activated Clinical Trials

  • Olivier Rixe, MD, PhD, received $1.1M from EMD Serono, Inc./Merck Serono S.A. for “A Phase 1, Open-Label, Multiple-Ascending Dose Trial to Investigate the Safety, Tolerability, Pharmacokinetics, Biological and Clinical Activity of MSB0010718C in Subjects with Metastatic or Locally Advanced Solid Tumors and Expansion to Selected Indications.”
  • Samir N. Khleif, MD, received $516K from Medimmune, Inc. for “A Phase 2, Randomized, Double-Blind Study Comparing Tremelimumab to Placebo Second-or Third-Line Treatment of Subjects with Unresectable Pleural or Peritoneal Malignant Mesothelinoma.”
  • John G. Stewart, MD, received $80K from the American College of Radiology Imaging Network for “(RTOG 1106/ACRIN6697) Randomized Phase II Trial of Individual Adaptive Radiationtheraphy using During-Treatment FDG-PET/CT & Modern Technology in Locally Advanced NSCLC.”
Recent Publications
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