June 17, 2016

June 17, 2016

Takeda, M2Gen Launch Genomic Data Program to Match Patients to Cancer Trials
GenomeWeb – June 16
Takeda Pharmaceutical and healthcare informatics firm M2Genannounced today that they will work together to develop a research program that will enable cancer centers to quickly match patients to clinical trials based on genomic and other data.

Inside the debate over a Hillsborough County Innovation District
Tampa Bay Business Journal – June 15
The planned district is an opportunity to capitalize on the strengths of USF and neighboring institutions such as Moffitt Cancer Center, Florida Hospital, James A. Haley VA Hospital, University Mall and Busch Gardens, USF President Judy Genshaft told commissioners.

Richard's Father's Day Family Walk/Jog
Tampa Bay Times – June 15
Lace up your shoes for a 1-mile walk or a 5K jog with entertainment by Chadd and Kristi from Magic 94.9. Benefits the Advanced Prostate Cancer Collaboration at Moffitt Cancer Center. $25-$35. Ulele Native Inspired Food & Spirits, 1810 N Highland Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-3000. 8 a.m. Sunday.

Targeted Colorectal Cancer Sequencing Leads to Potential Prognostic Role for APC Gene
GenomeWeb – June 15
Researchers from the Moffitt Cancer Center, the Gibbs Cancer Center, and elsewhere did targeted panel sequencing on nearly 500 colorectal cancer samples, focusing on more than 1,300 genes with known or suspected cancer roles. After folding in patient survival information, they identified 17 potentially informative genes that were mutated at frequencies resembling those reported for CRC tumors in the Cancer Genome Atlas.

Black women with BRCA mutations less likely to receive preventive surgery
AJMC – June 15
Lead study author Tuya Pal, MD, clinical geneticist at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Inc, in Tampa, Florida, said the study data showed lower uptake of risk-reducing surgery among minority BRCA carriers, which may prompt clinicians to provide more intensive, targeted follow-up efforts, especially for black women.

Greenwich-Stamford Swim Across America fund-raiser set for June 25
Greenwich Time – June 14
For 2015, the organization’s swims generated $6.3 million. Of that, Swim Across America gave out $4.65 million, or 73 percent, in grants. Over the past decade, the swims have generated more than $65 million to fund cancer research and clinical trials at hospitals from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Vyxeos boosts survival in Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Cure Magazine – June 14
“Vyxeos should be considered standard first-line treatment for older patients with high-risk AML,” the principal investigator for the study, Jeffrey E. Lancet, senior member and chief of the Leukemia/Myelodysplasia Program at Moffitt Cancer Center, said when presenting the data at ASCO.

Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association inducts first fellows class
Healio – June 11
Philip E. Johnson, MS, RPh , FASHP, FHOPA, who spent 26 years as pharmacy director at Moffitt Cancer Center;

Sharon Baker Classic
WXIN – June 11Grab a foursome, get out there, and play to benefit skin cancer research at the Moffitt Cancer Center.
We view death as defeat: What we heard this week

MedPage – June 10
"It's what you do with the information." -- Tuya Pal, MD, of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla., on tests for BRCA mutations in women at high risk for breast cancer.

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