March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020

For the U.S., the biggest financial threat from China might not be the coronavirus

Washington Post – March 12

Scrutiny of Thousand Talents is not targeted at ethnically Chinese participants. The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute fired its non-Chinese CEO and vice president in December for not disclosing their participation in Thousand Talents.


Myst Therapeutics Appoints Leading Cancer Immunotherapy Experts to Its Scientific Advisory Board

Business Wire – March 12

Senior Member, Associate Center Director, and Michael McGillicuddy Endowed Chair in Melanoma Research/Treatment at Moffit Cancer Center. Dr. Mul has pioneered immune cell-based therapies and ushered them from the laboratory through Phase I and II clinical trials. 


Dorothy Robinson and Shana Young Join HealthChoice

Memphis Medical News – March 12

Prior to her new role, Robinson served as a certified medical assistant for Le Bonheur Healthcare, mobile phlebotomist for several insurance companies, and registered medical assistant for Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.


Fired cancer scientist says ‘good people are being crushed’ by overzealous probes into possible Chinese ties

Science – March 11

One of Pearlie Epling-Burnette’s students expects to receive her Ph.D. in cancer biology this spring from the University of South Florida. But Epling-Burnett won’t be there to help the student defend her dissertation, the last step before earning her diploma. That’s because, on 19 December 2019, the Moffitt Cancer Center told Epling-Burnette it would fire her unless she resigned immediately.


Relay For Life Season Kicks Off Friday

Tampa Bay Reporter – March 12

The funds also will educate the community on the importance of early detection and treatment and fund research, including efforts taking place at our own Moffitt Cancer Center.


Health care organizations rally to dispense COVID-19 information

Ragan – March 10

“The most important thing we are expressing is for our employees—and patients—not to overreact to the coronavirus, and to get their information from a reliable source (CDC),” says Mark Hendrickson, director of public relations and strategic communications at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. 


Do Patients With Cancer Need Disease-Specific Precautions to Prevent COVID-19 Infection?

Oncology Nurse Advisor – March 9

The patients with cancer with the highest risk of contracting the disease may be bone marrow transplant recipients; patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia‎ (CLL), non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL); as well as those who are older than 65 and who have comorbid illnesses, John Green MD, section chief, Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine and senior member of the Internal Medicine Department at Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida explained in an email.


Coronavirus risks

KFDX – March 11

“Cancer per se may not necessarily be a risk, but when you factor in immunosuppression, the Leukemia, Lymphoma population, and the bone marrow transplant, they can catch all kinds of viruses and have a much higher risk of severe illness and death,” said Dr. John Greene of Moffitt Cancer Center. Also shared on WFMJ, WITN, WALB, NECN, KVOA, WVIR, WBOY, WAVY, WBBH, WWLP, WGEM, KSEE, WPTV, WQCW, WSYM, WHIZ, KNPN, KPVI, WBRE, KNOP, KJCT, WKTV, WTVH, WBRE, WILX, KCWY, WPBN, WUTQ-FM, KETK, KKCO, KVHPDT2, KTEN, KAIT, WREX, KPLC, WJFW, KWQC, KOMU, KARK and WMGT


St. Pete nursing home Menorah Manor offers Neshama suite as special place to die

Tampa Bay Times – March 10

Lever, who was a chaplain at Gulfside Hospice and Moffitt Cancer Center, describes his role in the Neshama program as “a spiritual midwife.”


Former Marco Island police officer accused of sex on duty loses arbitration case

Naples News – March 10

Hennings told the Naples Daily News he withheld that his medical condition was caused by cancer, which he is currently undergoing treatment for at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, out of fear it would be used to find him unfit for duty.


Transforming Healthcare Systems to Adhere to the Consumerism

Outcomes Rocket – March 9

Episode 483 – Edmondo Robinson, Chief Digital Innovation Officer at Moffitt Cancer Center


Mr. Jim's Grace and Courage Made Other Lives Better

Tallahassee Democrat – March 9

He was a rock star at the Moffitt Cancer Center. 


Viral Vector Reformulated for Ovarian Cancer CAR T-cell Therapy, Anixa Says

Ovarian Cancer News Today – March 9

Anixa Biosciences and Moffitt Cancer Center have completed the development and validation of a new viral vector designed to improve the efficacy of their immunotherapy candidate for ovarian cancer, based on CAR T-cell technology.


The Inside Scoop on Northwest Biotherapeutics, Inc.

Microcap Daily – March 7

Ms. Powers has served for years on a number of related boards, including the M2Gen Board of the Moffitt Cancer Center, the Board of the Trudeau Institute (a world leader in immunology research) and others. As Chairman of NW Bio, she has brought her lengthy experience to bear in helping to shape NW Bio’s overall strategy and programs. 


Canceling over coronavirus: Should your event go on?

PR Daily – March 6

Moffitt Cancer Center is not scaling back nor canceling any events but is basing all travel decisions on CDC recommendations, says Mark Hendrickson, director of public relations and strategic communications and a member of Ragan’s Communications Leadership Council. 


Moffitt execs were made aware of Howard McLeod’s China activities, ousted researcher’s attorney says

The Cancer Letter – March 6 

Howard McLeod, one of the six researchers ousted at Moffitt Cancer Center under allegations of undisclosed conflicts of interest stemming from their work in China, is publicly disputing his former employer’s characterization of his involvement with academic institutions there.




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