January 30, 2015

Obama to Unveil Research Initiative to Develop Tailored Medical Treatments
The New York Times – Jan. 30
Research institutions like the Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida, the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York have personalized medicine programs, but the federal effort is a work in progress.

HPV: The Teen Vaccine Some Refuse
WAAY-TV (Huntsville, Ala.) – Jan. 29
But according to new research from the Moffitt Cancer Center, the HPV vaccine isn’t as popular as it should be… Especially among boys.

More Positive Data for BRAF/MEK Combo in Melanoma, But Debate Continues
OncLive – Jan. 29
While the combination is certainly efficacious, there is some debate regarding its curative potential, Jeffrey S. Weber, MD, PhD, a senior member at Moffitt Cancer Center, said in an interview with OncLive.

Biomarkers predicted severity of GVHD after allogenic HSCT
HemOnc Today – Jan. 29
Evaluating plasma biomarkers will further help target agents in this setting, Brian Betts, MDClaudio Anasetti, MD and Joseph Pidala, MD, PhD, all from the department of blood and marrow transplantation at the Moffitt Cancer Center, wrote in an invited commentary.

Tampa-Area Hospitals Face $151M Cut
Health News Florida – Jan. 29
Other hospitals that would be walloped by the cuts include St. Joseph’s (more than $30 million) and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center ($25 million). In Pinellas County, All Children’s Hospital would be hurt worst, at $27 million, followed by Bayfront Medical Center, at $11 million.

Does Oral HPV Infection Last Longer in Older Men?
EmpowHER – Jan. 29
“We don’t know how long oral HPV infection must persist to increase risk for head and neck cancer, but we assume it would be similar to cervical infection, where it is generally believed that infections persisting beyond two years greatly increase the risk of developing cervical cancer,” Christine M. Pierce Campbell, PhD, MPH, from the Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Center for Infection Research in Cancer at the Moffitt Cancer Center told the ASCO Post.

Persistence of oral HPV infections in men increases with age
Dental Tribune – Jan. 29
The study, titled “Long-Term Persistence of Oral Human Papillomavirus Type 16: The HPV Infection in Men (HIM) Study,” was published online on Jan. 9 in the Cancer Prevention Research journal ahead of print. It was carried out at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa. 

Game 50 recap: Lightning dump Red Wings 5-1, reclaim division lead
SB Nation – Jan. 29
The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Ros Miller as the 25th Lightning Community Hero of the season during the first period of tonight's game. Miller, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Moffitt Cancer Center. 

Still the one we want: Newton-John to play Capitol Theatre
The Tampa Tribune – Jan. 29
Newton-John will continue her fundraising efforts next week in Clearwater at the Capitol Theatre, where she is performing Wednesday and Thursday. Following her Wednesday concert, she will be hosting “Magic Under The Stars,” a fundraiser that will benefit the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute and Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center.

Before Clearwater show, Olivia Newton-John talks legacy, cancer and that ‘Grease’ ending
Tampa Bay Times – Jan. 28
Part of her Clearwater stop is a fundraiser for Tampa’s H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and her own namesake cancer center in Australia, for which she has raised close to $200 million.

Beach Buzz: Thousands expected at Dolphins Cycling Challenge for Sylvester Cancer Center
The Miami Herald – Jan. 28
According to Berkowitz, a main goal for this year’s Challenge is to help Sylvester become one of just 41 designated National Cancer Institutes in the U.S. Currently, there are no NCI-designed facilities in South Florida (Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa is the only NCI-designed center in Florida). He says there’s a grueling application process and that community support in terms of fund raising is an important component.

Oral HPV Infections More Likely To Persist in Older Men
HCP Live – Jan. 27
Christine M. Pierce Campbell, PhD, MPH, and colleagues at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, analyzed gargle samples of 23 HPV16-positive men, aged 18 to 64 years, who provided the samples on 2 or more visits during the study period (median, 44.4 months). All samples were analyzed and tested for HPV16 using Linear Array and INNO-LiPA detection methods.

Olivia Newton-John plays 2 nights of song
Tampa Bay Newspapers – Jan. 26
Newton-John will host Magic Under the Stars, a special VIP fundraising event, following her performance Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Frenchy’s Rooftop Terrace of the historic Capitol Theatre. Gold level packages are $200 and include Premium reserved seat in the middle orchestra floor; post-show reception with Olivia Newton-John, which includes hors d’oeuvres and cocktails; program from Olivia Newton-John performance at Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas; LIV Aid & Olivia Newton-John Double CD, Live in Concert; LivWise cookbook written by Olivia Newton-John; and a travel coffee mug from Moffitt Cancer Center.

This Week in PLOS
GenomeWeb – Jan. 26
The expression levels of at least half a dozen microRNAs show promise for distinguishing between pancreatic neoplasms prone to progression to pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas, according to a PLOS One study. Researchers from the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center assessed genome-wide miRNA expression levels in 19 high-risk and nine low-risk intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms. The search uncovered lower-than-usual levels of six miRNAs in the high-risk IPMNs — findings they confirmed in another 13 high-risk and eight low-risk IPMN samples.

Despite benefits, vaccination rate for HPV remains low in Florida
The Tampa Tribune – Jan. 25
The medical community, including Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, is working hard to dramatically raise those rates in the next five years, to an 80 percent rate in both girls and boys for all three doses. 

Tampa moving up in rankings, but it’s a steep climb
The Tampa Tribune – Jan. 25
Institutions such as the University of South Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center, Florida Hospital and Busch Gardens represent thousands of employees and many millions of dollars in impact, and they are working with the nonprofit Tampa Innovation Alliance to revitalize the area.

Medical marijuana’s benefits
Citrus County Chronicle – Jan. 25
I gave it up almost seven years ago when I started my treatments for multiple myeloma at Moffitt Cancer Center and firmly believe it has no real value for anyone.

Editorial: Efforts to build a community in area around USF, Busch Gardens deserve support
The Tampa Tribune – Jan. 23
Yet the area is home to a number of high-profile institutions — USF, Busch Gardens, Moffitt Cancer Center and Florida Hospital — that contribute millions to the local economy, employ thousands of workers and in some instances provide some of the area’s highest wages.

Lancaster Leaves Moffitt To Join Myriad Genetics
The Cancer Letter – Jan. 23
Over the past 12 years, he held leadership positions at Moffitt Cancer Center, including president of Moffitt Medical Group, deputy physician-in-chief, director of the Center for Women’s Oncology, and chair of the Department of Women’s Oncology. Before Moffitt, Lancaster was a medical director of the Gynecologic Dysplasia Clinic at Duke University Medical Center, where he also completed his residency and fellowship training.

People in the News: Johnathan Lancaster, Scott Bortner, and More
Genome Web – Jan. 23
Lancaster has spent the past 12 years at Moffitt Cancer Center, where he’s held several posts, including president of Moffitt Medical Group, deputy physician-in-chief and director of the Center for Women’s Oncology, and chair of the department of women’s oncology. Prior to Moffitt, he was medical director of the Gynecology Dysplasia Clinic at Duke University Medical Center.

NCI Building Collection of Targeted Mass Spec Assays to Study RAS Signaling
Genome Web – Jan. 23
Announced last month, the project aims to develop multiple-reaction monitoring mass spec and immuno-MRM mass spec assays for roughly 100 proteins involved in RAS signaling, John Koomen, scientific director of proteomics at Moffitt Cancer Center and one of the participating researchers, told GenomeWeb.

People on the Move
Utah Business – Jan. 23
Over the past 12 years, he held leadership positions at Moffitt Cancer Center, including president of Moffitt Medical Group, deputy physician-in-chief, director of the Center for Women’s Oncology, and chair of the Department of Women’s Oncology.

CPX-351 Receives Fast Track Designation for Relapsed AML
Cure Today – Jan. 23
“AML patients treated with CPX-351 had a higher likelihood of remission, without evidence of increased early mortality, than patients treated with standard chemotherapy. In addition, CPX-351 led to longer survival in the large subset of patients whose AML arose out of a previously diagnosed hematologic disorder or a history of prior cytotoxic treatment, commonly referred to as secondary AML,” said lead author Jeffrey Lancet, the leukemia section chief at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, in a statement.

Tampa Bay mayors to lead uninsured health-care policy conference Jan. 28
SaintPetersBlog – Jan. 23
“Cover the Bay” co-hosts include the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, Tampa Bay Partnership, BayCare Health System, Bayfront Health, Florida Hospital, All Children’s Hospital, Tampa General Hospital and Moffitt Cancer Center.