MCW Cancer Center Director's Update, February 2014

Message from Director Dr. Ming You - Team Science Acknowledgements & Resources

I'd like to take a few minutes to acknowledge some recent successful team science collaborations and share a great resource available from the NIH, "Collaboration & Team Science: A Field Guide."  NCI designation requires an investment and focus on translational research (including personalized and targeted therapies, drug discovery, early-phase clinical trials) and team science that integrates clinical care. 

Designation Update: New ESAB Members

I am pleased to announce that two new members have joined the MCW Cancer Center’s External Scientific Advisory Board (ESAB). The ESAB is made up of Cancer Center directors from NCI-Designated centers throughout the country.  Their role is to provide scientific expertise to the MCW Cancer Center and to support Director Dr. Ming You through the designation process.  


Call for Abstracts, 2014 Cancer Center Scientific Retreat

The 2014 MCW Cancer Center Scientific Retreat is on Friday, June 6, 2014 at American Serb Hall in Milwaukee, WI.  The theme for this year's retreat is Making Connections, Leveraging Strengths: Partners in Translational Cancer Research, and the focus is on partnerships that promote translational research. Cancer biologist Dafna Bar-Sagi, PhD is the keynote speaker.

The retreat will feature two poster sessions, and poster presenters will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Seed Grant Awards and Review Process

The MCW Cancer Center has instituted new seed grant processes, new scoring systems, and two new standing review committees. These new processes were used to review the current round of applications submitted, including the Kathy Duffey Fogarty Award for Breast Cancer Research, the Kurtis R. Froedtert Clinical Trials Seed Grant.  We are pleased to announce the following Cancer Center seed grant awards    

Cancer Center Recruitment Update 

We are thrilled to announce the recent faculty appointments of two new cancer-focused, NCI funded researchers.  Ellen Velie, PhD is a Nationally renowned population sciences researcher in breast cancer disparities and the Principal Investigator on NCI R01 CA136861, Life Course Energy Balance And Breast Cancer Risk In Black/White Women Under 50.  Dr. Velie has a full faculty appointment at MCW, and was awarded the Van Deuren Chair in Breast Cancer Research. This is a joint recruitment with University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and Dr. Velie's primary appointment is at UWM.  

Li Lily Wang, PhD, will join the Cancer Center's Hematologic Malignancy & Transplantation research program and is the Principal Investigator on NCI R01 CA164225-02, Vista, a Novel Checkpoint That Suppresses Anti-tumor T Cell Responses.  We are thrilled to these investigators join our talented cancer research team at the MCW Cancer Center.

The Triumph Fund, Supporting Cancer Clinical Trials at MCW

John Hovel was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2010. His care at the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center included the expertise of James Thomas, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology) and Medical Director of the MCW Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office. Through conversations with Dr. Thomas, Hovel realized that by fundraising for clinical trials he could impact all types of cancer while focusing on a particular component of research.

Spotlight on Research Staff, Mona Al-Gizawiy

 “Spotlight on Research” highlights Cancer Center research staff members, and our first spotlight is on Mona Al-Gizawiy.  Originally from Germany, she is a Research Associate II in the Kathleen Schmainda Lab and has worked in this capacity since March 2010.  The Schmainda lab is part of the Neuro-Oncology Translational Brain Tumor Program that studies brain tumors and their biology using MR imaging and conduct human subject research using preclinical models to help clinicians and neurosurgeons better diagnose, monitor, and treat their brain cancer patients.

Upcoming Events Supporting the MCW Cancer Center

The 14th annual Ridin’ for Research  indoor cycling event will take place Sunday, March 2, at the Rite Hite YMCA, 9250 N Green Bay Rd, Brown Deer.  All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.  To date, this organization has raised more than $1.1 million for cancer research.  We hope you’ll consider riding in the event or supporting Dr. Paula Traktman, who will be representing MCW and riding in the first session.

CTO Corner - Cancer Clinical Trials Office

The CTO Corner provides a snapshot of activity, studies, and staff of the Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office.