February 21, 2020

February 21, 2020

Tampa company that developed cancer vaccine expanding human clinical trials

WFLA – Feb. 20

The clinical trial will span over five different sites, including the Tampa Bay area location that opened at Moffitt Cancer Center two weeks ago. 

 

See Inside Lazy Days RV Founder’s Florida Estate for Sale

Tampa Bay Times – Feb. 20

Wallace is retired from Lazy Days, but remains active, serving on the board of the directors of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute Foundation, and has a business office at the home.

Calidi Biotherapeutics Announces Appointment of Biotech Veteran Heehyoung Lee to Board of Directors

BusinessWire – Feb. 20

Upon completing her Ph.D. in Pathology & Molecular Medicine in 2002, Dr. Lee received the American Heart Association Fellowship and held a postdoctoral position at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. 

 

State lawmakers looking into possible foreign meddling at Florida universities

WGLF – Feb. 20

State lawmakers now taking it a step further, after researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa were fired after failing to disclose ties to china.

 

5 Things to Do This Weekend in Middle Tennessee: Scott Hamilton at Parnassus Books – Nashville Sunday

WTVF - Feb. 20

Proceeds from the book and a portion of ticket sales will benefit cancer research through the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation and Moffitt Cancer Center.

 

17 latest lawsuits involving hospitals

Becker’s Hospital Review – Feb. 20

Former exec sues Moffitt Cancer Center, says he was wrongfully ousted over alleged ties to China. Thomas Sellers, PhD, filed a lawsuit against H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, alleging he was ousted from his role as director and executive vice president over wrongful accusations of ties to a controversial Chinese research program, leaving him "nearly unemployable."

 

Dr. Kuykendall on Toxicity Profiles of Ruxolitinib and Fedratinib in Myelofibrosis

OncLive – Feb. 20

Andrew T. Kuykendall, MD, assistant member, Department of Malignant Hematology, Moffitt Cancer Center, discusses the toxicity profiles of ruxolitinib (Jakafi) and fedratinib (Inrebic) in myelofibrosis.

 

Commissioner Lemuel Geathers’ Life Story

Bay News 9 – Feb. 20

The citrus grower and longtime Polk County educator said he has beat cancer five times beginning in 1980. 'The Moffitt cancer center, I’ve been going there since it opened.'

 

What President Trump’s pardon could mean for Edward DeBartolo and his family

Tampa Bay Times – Feb. 20

His contributions helped the Moffitt Cancer Center and established the DeBartolo Family Personalized Medicine Institute. 

 

Use of CAR T Therapy in R/R DLBCL

OncLive – Feb. 19

Julio Chavez, MD: Chimeric antigen receptor therapy, or CAR T-cell therapy, is currently approved for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma [DLBCL] after at least 2 lines of therapy.

 

Dr. Chon on Challenges With Maintenance Therapy in Ovarian Cancer

OncLive – Feb. 19

Hye Sook Chon, MD, gynecologic oncologist, Moffitt Cancer Center, discusses challenges that are still faced in the maintenance setting in advanced ovarian cancer.

 

Dr. Hoffman on Primary Debulking Versus Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Ovarian Cancer

OncLive – Feb. 19

Mitchel Hoffman, MD, gynecologic oncologist, Moffitt Cancer Center, discusses eligibility criteria for primary debulking surgery versus neoadjuvant chemotherapy in advanced ovarian cancer.

 

RHOC’s Simon Barney Has Stage 3 Throat Cancer—Here Are the Symptoms to Know

Self – Feb. 19

Stage 3 throat cancer means that “the cancer is more advanced in the head and neck area but has not spread outside of the head and neck,” explains Kedar Kirtane, M.D., a medical oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center.

 

Fundraiser planned for island local

Captiva Islander – Feb. 19

Augustyn has been battling cancer for two years, including going to the Moffitt Cancer Center every other week. His family has been unable to make the minimum payments required by the center.

 

Legislature questions the security of university research

Capitol News Service – Feb. 18

Following the firing of six cancer researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center in December for failing to disclose their ties to China, the State House set up a select investigative committee. Also posted to WCTV, WFLA, WJXT,

 

Security of university research questioned after UF researchers fired

WJXT – Feb. 18

Following the firing of six cancer researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center in December for failing to disclose their ties to China, the State House set up a select investigative committee.

 

UCF boosts foreign influence protections as House continues probe

Florida Politics – Feb. 18                   

House Speaker Jose Oliva launched the committee in response to situations at two Florida research institutions, Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and the University of Florida in Gainesville. UCF later learned it had its own problems.

 

UCF falls under glare of House panel probing Chinese influence on research

Orlando Sentinel – Feb. 18

The House panel was set up by Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, after reports surfaced about researchers’ ties to China at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

 

University Of Central Florida Questioned On China Involvement

WUSF – Feb. 18

Four researchers at UCF resigned over the past two years because of their ties in China. The select committee is also looking into Chinese ties to researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of Florida.

 

State launches investigation university researchers

WCJB – Feb. 18

Following the firing of six cancer researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center in December for failing to disclose their ties to China, the State House set up a select investigative committee.

 

Dr. Wenham on Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Versus Primary Debulking Surgery in Ovarian Cancer

OncLive – Feb. 18                         

Robert M. Wenham, MD, gynecologic oncologist and chair of the Department of Gynecologic Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center, sheds light on the debate between neoadjuvant chemotherapy and primary debulking surgery in patients with newly diagnosed, advanced ovarian cancer. 

 

UCF takes hot seat as House panel widens investigation into China ties

Tampa Bay Times – Feb. 18                                             

In a hearing before the Florida House’s Select Committee on the Integrity of Research Institutions, UCF joined Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of Florida as the third state institution to face scrutiny over the flow of U.S. research money and intellectual property to China.

 

Gene Therapy for Mesothelioma Has ‘Real Potential’

Asbestos.com – Feb. 18

Lead investigators and sites in the U.S. already include: … Dr. Tawee Tanvetyanon, Moffitt Cancer Center

 

Research Institutions Scrutinized

Flagler Live – Feb. 18

The House Select Committee on Research Institutions will receive presentations as it continues to scrutinize potential foreign interference in research in Florida. House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, formed the select committee after the resignation of officials at Moffitt Cancer Center because of issues involving work in China. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., 404 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

 

Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics

Florida Politics – Feb. 18

The House Select Committee on Research Institutions will hear presentations on potential foreign interference in research in Florida. House Speaker José Oliva ordered the committee after resignations at Moffitt Cancer Center due to connections with China, 9 a.m., Room 404, House Office Building.

 

Dr. Chern on Important Germline and Somatic Mutations in Ovarian Cancer

OncLive – Feb. 17

Jeannie Chern, MD, a gynecologic oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center, discusses important germline and somatic mutations to be aware of in ovarian cancer.

 

Tampa Bay area state colleges lead on medical simulation

Tampa Bay Business and Wealth – Feb. 17

Area hospitals such as AdventHealth, Tampa General Hospital, BayCare, Hospital Corporation of America and Moffitt Cancer Center “have come and toured and have just been blown away by how close we have gotten to simulating what they have at their hospitals,” Penrose says.

 

Pepinemab and Avelumab Combination Shows Positive Signs at Interim Analysis for NSCLC

Targeted Oncology – Feb. 16

“For cancer immunotherapy, SEMA4D antibodies do seem to be synergistic with various checkpoint inhibitors,” said Michael Shafique, MD, a medical oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, who presented the findings at the meeting.

 

NCI awards $8.3 million for research into prevention of HPV-related cancers

Healio – Feb. 16

The NCI awarded a 5-year, $8.3 million research grant to Weill Cornell Medicine, Moffitt Cancer Center and Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil to investigate strategies to prevent HPV-related cancers among individuals with HIV.

 

Let America’s service members file medical malpractice claims | Editorial

Tampa Bay Times – Feb. 14                                                               

Purcell, 37, who lives in St. Petersburg, splits her treatment between Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

 

Moffitt's first ever chief innovation officer wants to change the way the hospital does digital

Tampa Bay Business Journal – Feb. 14

Even before proclaiming himself as an “all-in kind of guy,” it’s clear to anyone who speaks with Moffitt Cancer Center’s fast-paced chief digital innovation officer that is exactly who he is. 

 

Thomas Sellers sues Moffitt, claims defamation

The Cancer Letter – Feb. 14

Thomas Sellers, former director of Moffitt Cancer Center, has filed  a lawsuit against his former institution, claiming defamation and tortious interference with a business relationship.

 

Former exec sues Moffitt Cancer Center, says he was wrongfully ousted over alleged ties to China

Becker’s Hospital Review – Feb. 14

Thomas Sellers, PhD, filed a lawsuit against H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, alleging he was ousted from his role as director and executive vice president over wrongful accusations of ties to a controversial Chinese research program, leaving him "nearly unemployable," the Tampa Bay Times reports.

 

Fighting Ouster

Politico – Feb. 14

“Former Moffitt Cancer Center director sues over forced resignation,” by Tampa Bay Times’s Allison Ross

 

Tampa Bay Times: Former Moffitt Cancer Center Director Sues Over Forced Resignation

Kaiser News – Feb. 14

A top official at Moffitt Cancer Center who resigned under pressure amid a controversy over exploitation of American-funded research by China has filed a lawsuit, alleging he was unjustifiably forced to leave his job. 

 

A Figure of Hope

NPR – Feb. 13

Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton has been fighting the odds ever since he was adopted as a newborn. Now in his 60s, he has fought cancer and dedicated his life to helping others struggling with illness and loss. 

 

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