May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020

As coronavirus spread, Moffitt Cancer Center’s China scandal faded

Tampa Bay Times – May 14

The Palm Harbor Republican was investigating a scandal that had spread across the nation and now enveloped Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center, the University of Florida and other state institutions. Florida-based scientists had left themselves vulnerable to efforts by the Chinese government to access closely held medical research funded by the United States.


Coronavirus strikes each member of a Ruskin family differently. Dad nearly died.

Tampa Bay Times – May 14

Leonardo, a nurse and clinic manager at Moffitt Cancer Center, took charge of caring for Leo Jr. at the son’s apartment in Tampa. He kept him to a single room, cleaned with disinfectants, made sure they wore gloves and masks.


UF-bound twins top senior class with impressive GPAs

WTSP – May 14

Both did internships at Moffitt Cancer Center on the campus of the University of South Florida.


Immune Boosting Foods

Bay News 9 – May 14

Moffitt Cancer Center dietitian Allison Pingle joins us now to go in depth and tell us about some immune boosting foods.


More cancer patients could benefit from CAR T-cell therapy, Moffitt study suggests

News Medical – May 14

"We believe this observation is due to the greater use of tocilizumab and corticosteroids compared to ZUMA-1, in line with evolving practice patterns for toxicity management," said Michael Jain, M.D., Ph.D., co-first author and assistant member of the Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Immunotherapy Department at Moffitt.


New eco-evolutionary mathematical model can predict prostate cancer aggressiveness

News Medical – May 14

"Our results demonstrate that traditional metrics like the Gleason score, which are often tumor-cell centric, could be improved with ecological metrics," said David Basanta, Ph.D., co-author and associate member of Moffitt's Integrated Mathematical Oncology Department.


Moffitt researchers develop model to predict prostate cancer aggressiveness

Science Codex – May 14

Researchers in the Center of Excellence for Evolutionary Therapy at Moffitt Cancer Center want to better understand what is happening in the tumor microenvironment to drive prostate cancer to become aggressive and grow rapidly. 


SELLAS Life Sciences Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Provides Business Update

Globe Newswire – May 14

The Steering Committee currently consists of three members: Dr. Hagop Kantarjian, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Leukemia at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Principal Investigator at MD Anderson for the multi-center Phase 3 REGAL study and Chair of the REGAL Steering Committee; Dr. Javier Pinilla-Ibarz, MD, PhD, Director of Immunotherapy for Malignant Hematology at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and member of the SELLAS Scientific Advisory Board; and Dr. Moshe Yair Levy, MD, Director of Hematologic Malignancies at the Texas Oncology - Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center.


Moffitt Ranks among Top 5 on DiversityInc’s Top Hospitals & Health Systems List

Tampa Dispatch – May 13

For the fifth consecutive year, Moffitt Cancer Center has been recognized on DiversityInc’s Top Hospitals & Health Systems List. The organization released its rankings on May 5 and placed Moffitt at No. 5.


Data continue to demonstrate durable response in patients as trial nears completion

Globe Newswire – May 13

Presenter: Michael Rahman Shafique, M.D., Department of Thoracic Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute


Infectious disease expert says we could be wearing masks for a year

WTSP – May 12

Dr. John Greene, an infectious disease expert with Moffitt Cancer Center, covered several topics on coronavirus with 10News on Tuesday.


Nivolumab may help some patients with refractory biliary-tract cancer

Reuters – May 12

“There may be a role for immunotherapy in advanced biliary-tract cancer,” Dr. Richard D. Kim of Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa, Florida, told Reuters Health by email. 


Arkansas Prof Charged in Failure to Disclose Case

Genome Web – May 12

In connection with such investigations, researchers from Emory University, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Moffitt Cancer Center have resigned or been dismissed. 


Covid-19 pandemic shows up in the bottom line at BayCare

Catalyst – May 12

Here’s a list of the largest recipients in the Tampa-St. Petersburg metro area, as reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services….$23.8 million — H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute Hospital, Tampa


Achilles Therapeutics announces formation of Scientific Advisory Board

Globe Newswire – May 13                                                 

Dr Scott Antonia serves as the chair of the thoracic oncology department at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and is professor of oncologic sciences at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. 


Twenty-Seven Oncology Practices Receive Prestigious Quality Certification from the Association for Clinical Oncology

ASCO – May 12

During the first quarter of 2020, the following practices achieved QOPI Certification or Re-certification, which is valid for a three-year period: … H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center - Tampa, FL


Health News

Laker Lutz News – May 12

The museum’s Chief Operating Officer Rob Lamke saw a Moffitt Cancer Center social media post asking for the community’s support in making masks for team members.


Fighting Stress and Finding Serenity with Yoga

Globe Newswire – May 12

“Gentle, restorative yoga, or Hatha Yoga, is not only the perfect complementary therapy for those experiencing elevated levels of anxiety or have compromised immune systems,” says Sharon Lock, Patient Wellness Coordinator at Moffitt Cancer Center. 


61 hospital and health system CISOs to know | 2020

Becker’s Hospital Review – May 11

Mr. Summitt manages the security operations center and the identity and access management programs at Moffitt Cancer Center. He has extensive experience in cybersecurity, information systems and network and engineering operations. Prior to entering the healthcare sector, Mr. Summitt had a 21-year career with the Department of Defense.


How Top Cancer Centers Have Responded During COVID-19

Oncology Times – May 11

On the other hand, Moffitt Cancer Center is allowing only one visitor for patients near the end of life.


Artificial Intelligence transforms search for COVID-19 vaccines, cure

Healio – May 11

Edmondo Robinson, MD, chief digital innovation officer at Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida, applauded Berkeley’s effort but cautioned that there may be limitations to using their AI model for COVID-19 research.


Diversity Director Gives Job Search Advice

Florida Courier – May 9

Cathy Grant serves as senior director of Moffitt Cancer Center’s Diversity team and has led the diversity and inclusion efforts for the nationally recognized institute since 2006.


Leadership lessons we can learn from legendary NFL Coach Don Shula

Pensacola News Journal – May 9

His Don Shula Breast Cancer Research Fund supports Florida's top cancer hospital, Moffitt Cancer Center.


Commentary: May Is VHL Awareness Month

WJXX – May 9

Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa is where I have to go to have my doctor appointments that are VHL-related. 


Haura, Khushalani named clinical science research leaders at Moffitt

Cancer Letter – May 8

Eric B. Haura was named the associate center director of Clinical Science at Moffitt Cancer Center, and Nikhil Khushalani was named assistant center director of Clinical Research Review & Partnerships in a newly created role at Moffitt Cancer Center.


Don Shula was my coach. But he was so much more than that.       

Tampa Bay Times – May 8

And he brought that fight right up to the front door of Tampa in 2008 when he joined Moffitt Cancer Center’s national Board of Advisors and later started The Shula Fund in 2014 to support cutting-edge research projects at Moffitt that generate new treatment and prevention strategies for breast cancer patients. 


Family mourns passing of Miami Dolphins legend Don Shula in private funeral service

Miami Herald – May 8

Those organizations are: Don Shula Breast Research Cancer Fund at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and Schott Communities in Cooper City for adult needs.




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