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Member Feature: The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute

April 20, 2022:

This month, the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium (Big Ten CRC) highlights The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J, Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC) as our featured member. OSUCCC – James member Dwight Owen, MD, MSc is a medical oncologist and member of the Translational Therapeutics Program at the OSUCCC- James. Dr. Owen is a member of the Big Ten CRC’s correlative sciences clinical trial working group and a co-chair of the thoracic clinical trial working group. Dr. Owen shares why he is glad to be part of the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium. Read More

Arnab Chakravarti, MD: Proton and FLASH therapy: the epitome of personalized cancer care

April 13, 2022:

When I was recruited to Ohio State in 2009 as director of the Department of Radiation Oncology, one of our long-term goals was to extend our therapeutic reach by establishing central Ohio’s first proton therapy center in partnership with nearby Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

The center would enable both adult and pediatric patients to receive the very latest radiotherapy – namely proton therapy – in one facility that is closer to their homes, making it a less disruptive life experience. Proton therapy uses protons, or positively charged particles found within atoms, instead of X-rays to kill cancer cells. Because it more precisely targets tumor cells, it limits radiation exposure and potential damage to surrounding tissue and organs, reducing the chance of short- and long-term side effects. This is especially important for pediatric patients, whose bodies are still developing. Read More

Member Feature: University of Michigan Health Rogel Cancer Center

March 10, 2022: 

This month, the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium (Big Ten CRC) highlights the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center as our featured member. Rogel Cancer Center member Ryan Wilcox, MD, PhD, is an associate professor of hematology/oncology at Rogel and a member of the Big Ten CRC’s lymphoid malignancies clinical trial working group. He has participated in two BTCRC trials. Dr. Wilcox shares why he’s glad to be part of the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium. Read More

Douglas Yee, MD: “Déjà vu all over again”

February 24, 2022:

Just over 50 years ago, President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act – more commonly known as the “War on Cancer.” While harnessing the resources of the federal government was an important step forward, many have commented (including current NCI director Dr. Ned Sharpless) the effort was simultaneously ambitious and naïve. Naïve in the sense that we did not yet understand our enemy. About 25 years into the “war,” the New England Journal of Medicine published an article entitled, “Cancer Undefeated” wherein declining death rates were attributed to changing incidence rates and early detection practices (Bailar, et al. N Engl J Med 336:1569 1997 PMID: 9164814), not because of advances in therapy. Read More

Member Feature: Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

February 23, 2022:

This month, the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium highlights the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota and physician-scientist Emil Lou, MD, PhD, FACP.

Investigator Spotlight: Emil Lou, MD, PhD, FACP (@cancerassassin1), Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation, Department of Medicine and Graduate Faculty Program member in the Integrative Biology and Physiology Program (IBP) at the University of Minnesota; and Medical Director of the UMN Masonic Cancer Center’s Clinical Trials Office (CTO)-Solid Tumor Unit. Read More

Not settling for average: Kratz seeks personalized treatments for GI cancers

December 7, 2021:

This month, the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium highlights UW Carbone Cancer Center and Jeremy Kratz, MD, a medical oncologist and researcher at the cancer center. Dr. Kratz is a member of the Big Ten CRC’s Gastrointestinal Clinical Trial Working Group.

For Dr. Kratz, pushing cancer care and research forward is much more than an academic pursuit. It’s personal. Read More

Member Feature: University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center

November 7, 2021:

This month, the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium features our member institution University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and medical oncologist Margaret Byrne, MD, MS, clinical assistant professor of Internal Medicine-Hematology, Oncology, and Blood and Marrow Transplantation at the Carver College of Medicine.

Dr. Byrne’s research interests include early-phase clinical trials of adjunctive therapies to enhance the efficacy of immune checkpoint inhibitors in patients with head, neck, and lung cancers. Her clinical expertise includes thoracic malignancies and head and neck cancer. Read More

Member Feature: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Neha Gothe, PhD, MS

October 4, 2021:

This month, the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium features our member institution The Cancer Center at Illinois at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Neha Gothe, MA, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, who serves as director of the university’s Exercise Psychology Lab.

She is taking her expertise in kinesiology and behavioral psychology to explore the benefits of non-traditional forms of movement, such as yoga, in cancer survivors.

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Member Feature: Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Coral Omene, MD, PhD

September 1, 2021:

This month, the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium features our member institution Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Coral Omene, MD, PhD, medical oncologist at Rutgers Cancer Institute and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Research Interests and Expertise:

Dr. Omene is a medical oncologist with a passion for women’s health who is dedicated to the care of treating and managing a diverse pool of breast cancer patients. She has devoted much of her research toward translating novel laboratory observations into discoveries to better care for breast cancer patients, with a particular focus on triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), which is known to be among the most aggressive breast cancers, with a poor prognosis, especially among African American women.

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Kristen Spencer, DO, MPH, discusses innovative hepatocellular carcinoma study
Kristen Spencer, DO, MPH

September 1, 2021:

While the world continues to focus on the ever-challenging worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, groundbreaking research into potentially practice-changing novel therapies for oncology patients has continued. This year has been one of innovation in unprecedented times, and the field of gastrointestinal cancers has kept pace.

As an early phase clinical investigator at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, my research focuses on developing novel combinations to treat advanced biliary tract, hepatic, and pancreatic cancers. Unfortunately, the rising incidence of hepatobiliary and pancreatic cancers, coupled with poor outcomes for these patients, continues to be a pressing reminder of our mission as researchers.

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