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John Seymour is 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award honoree

Seymour_2009 small picture for calendar.jpgMark your calendars and plan to attend two events honoring John Seymour, MBBS, PhD as he is recognized with the MD Anderson 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award on Thursday, November 3, 2011.

Professor Seymour's lecture begins at 10:00 a.m. in the Hickey Auditorium, Clark Clinic, 11th Floor.   A reception in his honor is scheduled at 1:30 in the Pickens Academic Tower, 3rd Floor, Rooms 4 & 5.

He will also be recognized at the Faculty Honors Convocation held that same day at 4:00 p.m. and hosted by the Faculty Senate.

Professor Seymour currently is the Head of the department of Haematology a the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

For more information, call the alumni office at 713-794-1955.

Tomasovic Recognized at Annual Trainee Lecture

PS10Apr12_03_1_sm.jpgIn honor of his contribution to the promotion of a quality educational experience for all students and trainees at MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Alumni & Faculty Association will formally recognize Stephen P. Tomasovic, Ph.D. on Wednesday, July 6th at Noon in the Hickey Auditorium at the annual Trainee Lecture event.

The Trainee Lecture panel discussion on Entrepreneurship will begin immediately following the recognition.  Meet the Panelists.docx

Co-hosted by the Graduate Student Association and the Postdoctoral Association.


For more information about the event, contact the alumni office at 713-794-1955 or alumni@mdanderson.org


Stephen P. Tomasovic, Ph.D.
Sr. VP for Academic Affairs

 

Attend Mike Hogg Award & Lecture January 14th at 4:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Mike Hogg Award and Lecture on the MD Anderson Campus on Friday, January 14th at 4:00 p.m.

Award, Lecture and Reception take place in the Hickey Auditorium on the 11th floor of the Main Hospital Building.  Overflow seating in the Anderson Ballroom.

For questions, contact Sharon Pepper spepper@mdanderson.org.

 

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Nominations being accepted for 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award

Attention all Alumni Members: 

The MD Anderson Alumni & Faculty Association is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award through January 31, 2011.  Former trainees and former faculty members may be nominated. See Events & Activities for criteria and list of former awardees.

To submit a nomination, email a Nomination Letter (addressed to Diane C. Bodurka, MD, Chair, Distinguished Alumnus Award Subcommittee) and the Nominee's Updated CV to alumni@mdanderson.org by January 31, 2011.

Any questions, write to Sharon Pepper spepper@mdanderson.org

Save the Date: November 11, 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award & Lecture

Elena Martinez small photo.jpgDr. Elena Martinez will visit Houston and MD Anderson Cancer Center on Thursday, November 11, to accept the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award and to deliver a lecture.

Dr. Martinez is currently Professor of Epidemiology at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and holds the Richard H. Hollen Professor of Cancer Prevention from the American Cancer Society at the Arizona Cancer Center.  She co-directs the Cancer Prevention and Control Program and is also co-Director of the Cancer Health Disparities Institute at the Arizona Cancer Center.
 
Dr. Martinez will deliver the Distinguished Alumnus Lecture at Noon in the Hickey Auditorium.  The title of her talk is "Colorectal Cancer Prevention: Opportunities for a Fruitful and Challenging Career."   She will be recognized as the Distinguished Alumnus for 2010 during the Faculty Honors Convocation at 4:00 p.m. 

Trainee Excellence Awards Recipients Announced

The following eight trainees are the recipients of the MD Anderson Alumni & Faculty Association Trainee Excellence Awards for the cycle March 1 to July 31, 2010.

 

The Alumni & Faculty Association grants twelve Trainee Excellence Awards annually in two cycles.  The awards are funded in part by gifts to the Education Fund.  To make a donation to this fund for trainee awards, you may do so online, or by contacting Development Office staff at 713-563-4087.

 

Chelsea C. Pinnix, MD, PhD
Resident, Radiation Oncology

Mentor:  Tse-Kuan Yu, MD, PhD
Abstract: "Assessing Resting Respiration-induced Cardiac Motion into the Tangential treatment Fields of Breast Cancer Radiotherapy using Four-Dimensional Computed Tomography"

 

Katrina L. Salazar
Graduate Research Assistant, Pathology
Mentor:  Kenneth D. Aldape, MD
Abstract:  "TAZ as a regulator of mesenchymal transformation and clinical aggressiveness in gliomas"

 

Rachel K.  Miller, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor:  Pierre D. McCrea, PhD
Abstract:  "Downstream non-canonical Wnt components Daam 1 and WGEF are Required for Epithelial Tubulogenesis in the Xenopus Pronephros"

 

Klaus W. Wagner, MD, PhD
Fellow, Hematology and Oncology

Mentor:  Xifeng Wu,  MD, PhD
Abstract:   "Genetic variations in DNA-methyltransferases, histone-methyltransferases and methylated DNA binding proteins are associated with recurrence in early stage Non-Small-Cell-Lung cancer treated with surgery alone or surgery and chemotherapy"

 

Shannon N. Westin, MD
Fellow, Investigational Cancer Therapeutics
Mentor:  Diane C. Bodurka, MD
Abstract:  "Persistent obesity among endometrial cancer survivors:  A teachable moment?"

 

Fernanda I. Staquicini, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, GU Medical Oncology
Mentor:  Renata Pasqualini, PhD
Abstract:  "Targeting the blood-brain barrier with a non-canonical iron-mimicry mechanism:  A translational approach for the detection and treatment of human brain tumors"

 

Amy R. Carroll, MD
Fellow, Gynecologic Oncology
Mentor:  Anil K. Sood, MD
Abstract:  "Breaking scaffolds:  targeting paxillin in ovarian cancer"

 

Guillermo Armaiz Pena, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Experimental Therapeutics
Mentor:  Anil K. Sood, MD
Abstract:  "Neuroendocrine modulation of anoikis"

 

The MD Anderson Alumni & Faculty Association is pleased to announce the winners of the Abstract and Poster Competitions of Trainee Research Day 2010. Over 200 abstracts were submitted in seven categories. Forty four faculty members participated as reviewers.

1st Place Abstract Winners:

AMGEN Award, Basic Science Research, Kakajan Komurov, Ph.D.
Mentor: Prahlad Ram, Ph.D.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Award, Clinical/Translational Research, Angela Bartley, M.D.
Mentor: Stanley Hamilton, M.D.

Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Award, Population/Patient-Oriented Research, Vivek Subbiah, M.D.
Mentor: Joseph Ludwig, M.D.

MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Graduate Student Award in Basic Science, Fanlin Kong
Mentor: David Yang, Ph.D.

MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Graduate Student Award in Clinical/Translational Research, Evan Cohen
Mentor: James Reuben, Ph.D.

New Category for 2010

MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Graduate Student Award in Population/Patient-Oriented Research, Arvind Bambhroliya
Mentor: Abenaa Brewster, M.D.

MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Undergraduate Award for Research, Mrudula Rakhade
Mentor: Dolores Lopez-Terrada, M.D., Ph.D.

2nd Place Abstract Winners:

AMGEN Award, Basic Science Research, Mohammad Hossain, Ph.D.
Mentor: Shinako Takada, Ph.D.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Award, Clinical/Translational Research, Christina Michaelis, M.D.
Mentor: Steven Sherman, M.D.

Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Award, Population/Patient-Oriented Research, Kathrin Milbury, Ph.D.
Mentor: Cindy Lynn Carmack-Taylor, Ph.D.

MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Graduate Student Award in Basic Science, Joseph Caruso
Mentor: Khandan Keyomarsi, Ph.D.

MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Graduate Student Award in Clinical/Translational Research, Lisa Shiue
Mentor: Madeleine Duvic, M.D.

MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Undergraduate Award for Research, Ramya Muddasani
Mentor: Vicki L. Hopwood

Poster Competition Winners:

AMGEN Award, Basic Science Research
Jill Butler, Ph.D.
Defining a role for Ash2L in regulating MLL-mediated leukemogenesis
Mentor: Steven A. Curley, M.D.

Abhinav K. Jain, Ph.D.
P53 promotes differentiation of Human Embryonic Stem cells: a novel role for p53 as an anti-pluripotency factor
Mentor: Michelle C. Barton, M.D., Ph.D.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Award, Clinical/Translational Research
Fuliang Chu, Ph.D.
In vitro and in vivo effects of CT-011, a humanized anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody, in combination with rituximab against human B-cell lymphomas
Mentor: Sattva S. Neelapu, M.D.

Filip Janku, M.D., Ph.D.
PIK3CA, KRAS and BRAF mutations in patients with advanced cancers treated with PI3K/AKT/mTOR axis inhibitors
Mentor: Razelle Kurzock, M.D.

Kristin Turza Campbell, M.D.
Biomaterials for Ventral Hernia Repair: In Vivo Fibrovascular Remodeling and Mechanical Repair-Site Strength Data Translates into Optimization of Biomaterial Use in Cancer Patients with Complex Abdominal Wall Defects
Mentor: Charles E. Butler, M.D.

Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Award, Population/Patient-Oriented Research David Hui, M.D.
Availability and Integration of Palliative care at US cancer centers
Mentor: Eduardo Bruera, M.D.

Shannon N. Westin, M.D.
Persistent obesity among endometrial cancer survivors: A teachable moment?
Mentor: Diane C. Bodurka, M.D.

MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Graduate Student Award in Basic Science
MyLing Duong
LMW-E induces tumorigenesis by enriching for cells with CSC properties
Mentor: Khandan Keyomarsi, Ph.D.

MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Graduate Student Award in Clinical/Translational Research
Katrina Salazar
TAZ as a regulator of mesenchymal transformation and clinical aggressiveness in gliomas
Mentor: Kenneth D. Aldape, M.D.

New Category for 2010
MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Graduate Student Award in Population/Patient-Oriented Research
Yong Cui
Differential Startle Cue Reactivity in Light and Heavy Smokers
Mentor: Paul M. Cinciripini, Ph.D.

MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Undergraduate Award for Research
Vinh Ngo
Circadian control of energy homeostasis
Mentor: Peter Hu, Ph.D.

New for 2010
Cancer Survivorship Poster Award
Shannon N. Westin, M.D.
Persistent obesity among endometrial cancer survivors: A teachable moment?
Mentor: Diane C. Bodurka, M.D.

Congratulations to our winners!

 

The Alumni and Faculty Association is pleased to announce the winners of the Trainee Excellence Awards for the first cycle of FY11.

Trainees apply for awards twice yearly that recognize presentations of their research at professional and scientific society meetings.  Congratulations to the following recipients of the $500 awards:

Hui Gao, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pathology/Lab Medicine - Research
Mentor:  James M. Reuben, PhD

Farshid Dayyani, MD, PhD
Fellow, Hematology & Oncology
Mentor:  Farhad Ravandi, MD

 

Marites P.  Melancon, PhD

Odyssey Fellow, Diagnostic Imaging
Mentor:  R. Jason Stafford, PhD

 

Nikhil S. Chari, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pathology/Lab Medicine - Research
Mentor:  Timothy J. McDonnell, MD, PhD

 

Funding for the Trainee Excellence Award program comes from donations to the Alumni & Faculty Association's Education Fund.  Your generous donation to the Education Fund is necessary and appreciated.  To make a donation, see Education Fund link in Alumni Resources.