June 9, 2017

June 09, 2017

Nonprofit of the Year 2017: Moffitt Cancer Center (Overall) (Health & Human Services)
Tampa Bay Business Journal – June 8
Under the guidance of Dr. Alan List, president and CEO, and the board of directors, Moffitt focuses on building new business opportunities and taking out unneeded expenses, said Jack Kolosky, chief operating officer of Moffitt Cancer Center and president of Moffitt Hospital.

Personalized radiotherapy 'start of a new era' with aid of radiomics imaging
DOTmed.com – June 8
A team of radiation oncologists at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida want to do for radiation oncology patients what chemotherapy patients have benefitted from for years: receive treatment that is individualized, based on genomic biomarkers. 

Legislature’s session isn’t so special. It’s getting testy
Miami Herald – June 8
The Senate met again late in the afternoon to take up 19 veto overrides of the governor of the higher education projects. They include a $5 million veto of a remodeling project at Miami Dade College and a $370,000 veto of Moffitt Cancer Center’s project on medical cannabis research and education.

House and Senate snuff out smokable marijuana
Tallahassee Democrat – June 8
The bill also requires physicians to submit treatment data to the University of Florida (A $400,000 contract) and creates a medicinal cannabis coalition within the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute.

Radiation Therapy Treatment Advances
Imaging Technology News - June 8
Cleveland Clinic said the GARD technology, co-invented by Jacob Scott, M.D., of Cleveland Clinic and Javier Torres-Roca, M.D., of Moffitt Cancer Center, offers treatment teams a simple and reliable tool to match radiation dosage with a tumor’s molecular profile. 

Senate overrides Scott higher ed vetoes; House refuses to go along
Palm Beach Post – June 8
Medical marijuana research projects at the Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of Florida were also supported in the override votes.

Medical marijuana bill makes appearance during legislative special session
WLTV – June 7
Originally introduced by Senator Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, and later adopted by both Bradley and Rodrigues, a portion of the failed bill included appropriations for a marijuana research center that would have been established at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Fla.

Florida legislators revive medical marijuana debate in special session
Tampa Bay Business Journal – June 7
Reviving this debate could serve as a win for Moffitt Cancer Center. The Tampa research hospital was set to receive more than $1 million in funding to create a medical marijuana research initiative to better understand how the plant can be used for various therapies. Of that, $750,000 was tied to the implementation bill. If lawmakers approve a bill, Moffitt could see that funding restored.

Moffitt Cancer Center Researchers Using ActiGraph CentrePoint Data Hub in Quality-of-Life Study
Sleep Review – June 7
Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla, are conducting a pilot study of ActiGraph’s CentrePoint Data Hub in a sample of participants enrolled in an ongoing cancer quality-of-life study. ActiGraph provides wearable activity and sleep monitoring solutions for the global scientific community. 

Medical marijuana research at Moffitt is on hold as special session begins
Tampa Bay Business Journal – June 7
Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center hopes its medical marijuana research funding will be restored this week during a special session called to address education and other funding issues, after Gov. Rick Scott vetoed more than $1 million for medical marijuana research last week.

KTE-C19 may safely treat relapsed, refractory ALL
Healio – June 6
“In adult ALL, we’re running a 5-year OS rate of about 35%. ... No oncologist can be excited about a [that statistic],” Bijal D. Shah, MD, medical oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center, told HemOnc Today. “There is no question, we need better therapies in this space.”

USF, Moffitt Cancer Center are big losers in Scott's budget
Tampa Bay Business Journal – June 5
Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center also lost big on a medical cannabis program approved by the Florida Legislature when Scott rejected $1.12 million for the Coalition for Medical Cannabis Research.

Governor vetoes millions proposed for marijuana research
WJHG – June 5
Lawmakers responded with $2 million going to the University of Florida and just over $1 million to Moffitt Cancer Center, but the funding didn't make it past the governor.
In vetoing the marijuana research cash, Governor Scott wrote that UF and Moffitt both had plenty of money to fund the research on their own. Marijuana lobbyist Jeff Sharkey said the vetoes are ill times.

Gov. Scott vetoes medical marijuana research projects
WJXT – June 5
Among the $409 million in projects vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott were three line items that would have provided just more than $3 million to the Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of Florida. 

Gov. Scott vetoes funding for marijuana research
WCTV – June 5
Among the $409 million in projects vetoed by Governor Rick Scott, there were three items that would have provided over three million dollars to Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of Florida.

Marijuana Research Vetoed
Capitol News Service – June 5
Among the 409 million in projects vetoed by Governor Rick Scott are three line items that would have provided just over three million dollars to Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of Florida.  As Mike Vasilinda tells us, the budget called for the money to be used to begin studying medical marijuana.

Deciphering The Immunology Combo Avalanche
Seeking Alpha – June 5
Dr James Mulé, from the Moffitt Cancer Center, told the Sachs conference that it was hard to imagine just how rapidly these trials were being conducted. In terms of subjects enrolled, he cited data showing that there were now over 250,000 patients in active immuno-oncology studies.

Personalized Radiotherapy Treatments Developed for Cancer Patients
MedImaging.com – June 5
The researchers from the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute (Tampa, FL, USA) published the results of their study in the May 2017 issue of the journal The Lancet Oncology.

Gov. Scott Wields Veto Pen On New Budget
WUSF – June 3
A proposal for $750,000 for medical cannabis research at the Moffitt Cancer Center was snuffed as the money was tied to a failed effort (SB 406) by Legislators to carry out a voter-approved constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana.

Breast Cancer Vaccine Personalized
KFSN – June 3 Brian Czerniecki, M.D., the chair of the department of Breast Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida detailed, "I think it's a potential game changer because we've actually shown that people lose this specific immune response early in the process of breast cancer development."

'Not Part of Routine Cancer Care,' But Should Be
Medscape – June 2
Agreed, said Paul Jacobsen, PhD, a psychologist at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, who acted as a discussant at the session.
Psychological symptoms need to be "recorded in the medical record like lab values," he said. Furthermore, there is a need to routinely screen patients for distress and other symptoms "to make sure help gets to those who need it most."

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