January 9, 2015

HPV Experts: Vaccine Needs a Makeover
WUSF News – Jan. 15
That’s why a group of HPV experts from across the country met at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa Thursday. They want to raise the rate of vaccination and hopefully prevent more people from developing cancer.

Moffitt hosts national conference on HPV and improving vaccination rates
Tampa Bay Times – Jan. 15
Top public health officials will meet at Moffitt Cancer Center Thursday to discuss efforts to increase the lagging immunization rate against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus.

Tech discussion to build in coffee klatches
The Tampa Tribune – Jan. 15
Sharpe, now director of Tampa Innovation Alliance, said he is starting coffees for that group, as well. The Alliance is a partnership of Busch Gardens, the University of South Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center and Florida Hospital Tampa, set up to revitalize a part of the city around the university that is plagued by crime and underdevelopment.

Meditation class helps student stay mindful of stress
The Oracle – Jan. 15
Cecile Lengacher, a USF professor at the College of Nursing working with the Moffitt Cancer Center, also practices informal mindfulness meditation as much as several times a week. 

Moffitt ovarian cancer research contributes to breakthrough
Bay News 9 – Jan. 14
Moffitt Cancer Center researchers have helped identify six new regions of the genome that increase the risk of epithelial ovarian cancer. The collaborative study, which examined DNA from nearly 70,000 women (including 18,000 with ovarian cancer), was published Monday in Nature Genetics.

Melanoma Breakthrough: New Mechanism May Lead to Drug Resistance, Metastasis
Plastic Surgery Practice – Jan. 14
“We showed for the first time that melanoma cells treated with B-Raf inhibitors may become more aggressive, causing the tumors to spread to new organ sites,” says lead study author Keiran S. Smalley, PhD, scientific director of the Donald A. Adam Comprehensive Melanoma Research Center of Excellence at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

Novel Mechanism Behind Melanoma Drug Resistance Unveiled
Melanoma News Today – Jan. 14
In this recent study, published in Cancer Discovery, researchers from Moffitt Cancer Center found that patients who are being treated with B-Raf inhibitor drugs can actually develop a higher number of metastases when compared to those on normal chemotherapy. This is due to the fact that melanoma cells resistant to B-Raf inhibitors have a more aggressive and invasive phenotype, allowing them to travel and colonize distant parts of the body. 

Oral HPV16 Infection Can Persist in Older Men
Reuters Health – Jan. 13
“In our study, we examined patterns of oral HPV16 persistence. It is important to examine HPV persistence because we know that a persistent cervical HPV16 infection significantly increases the risk of developing cervical pre-cancer and cancer; however, we do not know if this also holds true for oral HPV16 and oropharyngeal cancer,” Dr. Christine M. Pierce Campbell, of Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, Florida, told Reuters Health by email. 

Expert Discusses Integration of PD-1 Inhibitors Into Clinical Practice
OncLive – Jan. 13
In the past 4 months, the PD-1 inhibitors nivolumab (Opdivo) and pembrolizumab (Keytruda) have been approved for the treatment of advanced melanoma. To gain insight on the integration of these agents and other immunotherapies into clinical practice, OncLive interviewed Jeffery S. Weber, MD, PhD, a senior member at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Reducing Risk of Cardiovascular Complications Linked to Cancer Treatment
Tampa Bay Medical News – Jan. 13
University of South Florida (USF) Health and Moffitt Cancer Center have established the region’s first academic cardio-oncology program, to join the wave of major academic systems in the United States developing the highly specialized programs that have resulted from an increasing number of cancer survivors – up to 14 million nationwide.

Tampa Innovation Alliance: Creating plans, partnerships and sense of place
83 Degrees – Jan. 13
In order to develop a more collaborative environment, a city needs resources. Turns out, some of Tampa’s top resources are in the university area – the VA hospital, for one, as well as Moffitt Cancer Center, one of the only centers for excellence for cancer treatment in the Southeast.

Melanoma: arriva per ‘nivolumab’
Libero – Jan. 13
“L’approvazione di nivolumab offre a pazienti e medici una nuova importante opzione terapeutica per i pazienti con limitate possibilità di trattamento – ha detto Jeffrey S. Weber, direttore del Donald A. Adam Comprehensive Melanoma Research Center al Moffitt Cancer Center – È la prima volta che un anticorpo inibitore del checkpoint immunitario PD-1 ha mostrato un tasso di risposta del 32% in uno studio clinico randomizzato di fase III in pazienti con melanoma non operabile o metastatico, in cui la malattia è progredita dopo la terapia di prima linea”.

1 Million Cups comes to Tampa, Hillsborough County
83 Degrees – Jan. 12
Meanwhile, north of Ybor City, near the University of South Florida, Busch Gardens and Moffitt Cancer Center, steps are being taken to revitalize the area into an “innovation district,” led by former Hillsborough County Commissioner Sharpe, for whom the ECC is named. Sharpe stepped into the role of executive director for the Tampa Innovation Alliance in late 2014.

Alliance aims to vitalize university area
The Oracle – Jan. 11
The Tampa Innovation Alliance is spearheaded by USF, Busch Gardens, Moffitt Cancer Center and Florida Hospital. Though already composed of this area’s major economic giants, the alliance still wants other businesses of any size to join in a singular vision of the area.

Oral HPV Infection Lasts Longer in Older Men, Study Finds
HealthDay News – Jan. 9
“Oral HPV16 is the HPV type most commonly found in HPV-driven oropharyngeal cancers, which have been increasing in incidence recently in the United States,” said study author Christine Pierce Campbell in a American Association for Cancer Research news release. She is an assistant member in the department of Cancer Epidemiology and Center for Infection Research in Cancer at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

Oral Human Papillomavirus Infection More Likely to Persist in Older Men
The ASCO Post – Jan. 9
“Oral HPV16 is the HPV type most commonly found in HPV-driven oropharyngeal cancers, which have been increasing in incidence recently in the United States,” said Christine M. Pierce Campbell, PhD, MPH, an assistant member in the Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Center for Infection Research in Cancer at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

HPV-related Cancer on the Rise
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center blog – Jan. 9
“Oral HPV16 is the HPV type most commonly found in HPV-driven oropharyngeal cancers, which have been increasing in incidence recently in the United States,” said Christine M. Pierce Campbell, PhD, MPH, an assistant member in the Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Center for Infection Research in Cancer at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, and lead author of the Cancer Prevention Research paper.

Tampa Innovation Alliance kickoff lunch draws big crowd, drums up enthusiasm
Tampa Bay Business Journal – Jan. 9
Jim Dean was on hand. He’s CEO of Busch Gardens, one of the founding partners of the Alliance, along with the university, Moffitt Cancer Center and Florida Hospital Tampa. When asked about Busch Gardens’ commitment to the initiative, he effused, “We have a hundred-and-fifty-year commitment. A forever commitment.”

With great fanfare, the Tampa Innovation Alliance kicks off in North Tampa
SaintPetersBlog – Jan. 9
That’s what the Tampa Innovation Alliance is all about. It’s central partners are USF, Busch Gardens, the Moffitt Cancer Center and Florida Hospital Tampa. Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe is the Alliance’s executive director, and he welcomed an overflow crowd treated to free box lunches from Jason’s Deli to the organization’s kick-off event at the USF Connect building on the North Tampa campus on Friday afternoon.

North Tampa economic anchors to join forces
ABC Action News – Jan. 9
Moffitt Cancer Center, Florida Hospital, the University of South Florida, Busch Gardens and University Mall are the anchors of the Tampa Innovation Alliance.

Moffitt looks upward for expansion
ABC Action News – Jan. 9
The Moffitt Cancer Center campus at USF could be getting a new high rise to replace its overcrowded main hospital, if officials can raise the money.

Moffitt Cancer Center may build new hospital to cope with space crunch
Tampa Bay Times – Jan. 8
Moffitt Cancer Center officials are considering a plan to replace the pressed-for-space hospital with a new building that would be more than twice as tall.

Still Perfect: Q&A with Don Shula
FOX Sports – Jan. 8
Shula and his foundation, the Don Shula Fund have spent years fighting cancer, and recently teamed up with the Moffitt Center in Tampa, with the hopes of raising more funds to eradicating this awful disease.

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