June 6, 2014

Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe lands new job
Tampa Bay Business Journal – June 6

In 2011, four big players in North Tampa — USF, University Community Hospital, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Busch Gardens— formed the group to advance economic development in an area of the city that was alternately fatigued, blighted and dangerous. 

Mark Sharpe named head of USF-area alliance
The Tampa Tribune – June 5

Sharpe will serve as a consultant to the Tampa Innovation Alliance, a group formed by powerhouses in the fields of entertainment, education and medicine – Busch Gardens, the University of South Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center and Florida Hospital Tampa.

Rock and Ribs fundraiser set for Showmen’s Association
The Observer News – June 5

The Association has been supporting local charities for years, very quietly and without any publicity, with money going to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, hospice groups and Moffitt Cancer Center, among others.

Choosing A Multiple Myeloma Specialist
The Myeloma Beacon – June 5

I felt very comfortable with a doctor who was from Florida, had gone to medical school in Florida, had interned and done his residence at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, and was married to a woman from the Tampa area.

Moffitt names lab, patient center to honor philanthropists Frank and Carol Morsani
Tampa Bay Business Journal – June 4

Two new facilities at Moffitt Cancer Center have been named in honor of philanthropists Frank and Carol Morsani. 

USF beats out Harvard, Emory and University of Florida for prestigious grant
Tampa Bay Business Journal – June 4

The USF center will work alongside Florida Public Health, American Cancer Society and Moffitt Cancer Center to increase colorectal cancer screening through USF’s social marketing campaign.

Moffitt worker and former cancer patient advocates for Be the Match's continued funding
ABC Action News – June 4

Becky Dame works at Moffitt Cancer Center doing what she knows best – talking about cancer and bone marrow transplants.

Hillsborough Commission Chairman Mark Sharpe lines up new job
Tampa Bay Times – June 4
The alliance represents four major players in North Tampa — the University of South Florida, Busch Gardens, Moffitt Cancer Center and Florida Hospital — that want to see economic development in the area that has historically struggled with blight.

CDC funds USF public health research on colorectal cancer screening
Tampa Bay Times – June 4

Similarly, she said, researchers will team up with colleagues at Moffitt Cancer Center, the Florida Department of Health and various community organizations to work with people who aren’t getting colorectal cancer screenings in order to find out all the possible economic and personal barriers that might be involved.

AstraZeneca ups the ante in EGFR race with Clovis
SCRIP Intelligence – June 4 (Paid subscription needed to access this story)

Dr. Eric Haura, director of the Lung Comprehensive Research Center and senior member of the Thoracic Oncology program at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, told Scrip that AZD9192 and CO-1686 look like good options for lung cancer patients based on the data available so far.

ASCO looks for value in pricey cancer drugs
SCRIP Intelligence – June 3 (Paid subscription needed to access this story)

Moffitt’s patient database is part of the treatment center’s Total Cancer Care initiative, which kicked off 12 years ago as a means for anticipating patients’ therapeutic needs based on their specific type of cancer and the stage of their disease.

N.Y. Building State HIE; Ohio, Fla. Cancer Centers Launch Database
iHealthBeat – June 3

In related news, Ohio State University's Comprehensive Cancer Center and Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa have launched a cancer health information exchange network designed to promote clinical analytics, accelerate clinical trials and lead to better outcomes for patients, Health IT Analytics reports. 

Predicting the risk of dying of cancer
Scientist Live – June 3

Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen, VU Medical Centre in Amsterdam and two institutes in the US, Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida and Harvard Medical School in Boston, collaborated on the study.

Upscale dinner theater coming to University Mall
The Tampa Tribune – June 3

The location, however, remained prime, sitting on Fowler Avenue directly between I-275 and the University of South Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center and Florida Hospital, meaning thousands of white collar workers in the area during the day and students on campus during weekdays and weekends.

Pint of Science
University Beat on WUSF – June 3
Scientists from USF and Moffitt Cancer Center recently traded in their lab goggles for beer goggles.

Rays Open Eight-Game Homestand On Wednesday
Newsradio 970 WFLA – June 2

Also on Sunday, the Rays are teaming up with Moffitt Cancer Center to take part in the America Academy of Dermatology’s and Major League Baseball’s Play Sun Smart™ program to educate fans about skin cancer.

ASCO: Immune Tx for Cervical Cancer 'Exciting'
MedPage Today – June 2

The small size of the study makes it hard to draw conclusions about what's going on, commented Robert Wenham, MD, of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. 

Prostate Brachytherapy Use Decreasing
Chemotherapy Advisor – June 2

Kamran A. Ahmed, MD, and collaborators at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Fla., analyzed recent trends in the management of clinically localized PCa using 2004–2010 data from the Survival, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database. 

Bristol-Myers, Merck Immune Therapy Promising for Cancer 
Bloomberg – June 2
The result “raises as many questions as it answers,” said Jeffery Weber, an oncologist at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. 

Growing Cancer Survivor Population Needs New Models of Care
American Cancer Society – June 1
The Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in New York City, are two examples of cancer centers that offer dedicated survivor clinics that are focused on helping post-treatment cancer survivors navigate the survivor experience

Weekend Wonderings
The Buckeye Battle Cry – June 1
Speaking of reaching out, The James has entered into a research collaboration arrangement with the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL.

Ridaforolimus + AKT Inhibitor Phase 1 Trial: Tolerable but Modest Efficacy for Breast Cancer
Oncology Nurse Advisor – May 31

“Combination of ridaforolimus and MK-2206 shows promising activity in breast cancer patients with low RAS, including heavily pretreated patients; this combination was overall well tolerated with rash, stomatitis, diarrhea, and asthenia being the most common drug-related AEs [adverse events],” reported lead author Shilpa Gupta, MD, of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, FL, and coauthors.

Four new Florida specialty license plates on tap, while two may see retirement
Orlando Sentinel – May 30
If signed, it will create tags for Fallen Law Enforcement Officers, Florida Sheriffs Association, Keiser University and Moffitt Cancer Center.

Moffitt, Ohio State cancer centers collaborate on cancer database
TBO.com (via Associated Press) – May 30
Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center and the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center are teaming to create what they say will be the largest known database of patients for research.

Ohio State University, Moffitt Cancer Center to Create Cancer Database
Becker’s Hospital CIO – May 29
Columbus-based Ohio State University and Tampa, Fla.-based Moffitt Cancer Center have partnered to create a national cancer database with clinical data and tissue from more than 100,000 patients, according to a Tampa Bay Business Journal report.

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