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Metastatic Brain Tumor Treatment Could Be on the Horizon With SapC-DOPS Use

Metastatic Brain Tumor Treatment Could Be on the Horizon With SapC-DOPS Use

Contact: Katie Pence (513) 558-4561 katie.pence@uc.edu CINCINNATI—Over half of patients being seen in the clinic for a diagnosed brain tumor have metastatic cancer, which has no treatment and detrimental outcomes in most cases. However, a new Cincinnati Cancer Center (CCC) study, published in the advance online edition of the journal Oncotarget, provides hope that previously…
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ABTA Awards $50k Grant for Study of Energy Pathway in Glioblastoma

ABTA Awards $50k Grant for Study of Energy Pathway in Glioblastoma

The highly malignant brain cancer known as glioblastoma multiforme is an energy guzzler. To sustain the tumor’s rapid cell division and proliferation, glioblastoma cells harness a specific molecule that enables them to ramp up energy production. What if that energy spigot could be turned off and glioblastoma cells ran out of fuel? It is an…
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John Tew, MD, Appointed to Executive Positions at UC Health and UC

Contact: Academic Health Center (513) 558-4553 richard.puff@uc.edu Cincinnati –John Tew Jr., MD, has been appointed to new executive positions that will direct the community outreach and philanthropic efforts of the integrative medicine program at UC Health and the UC College of Medicine. Tew will serve as the program’s vice president of community affairs at UC…
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UC One of Three Centers for Phase I Trial for Recurrent Glioma Subtype

Contact: Cindy Starr (513) 558-3505 cindy.starr@uc.edu Early results of a Phase I clinical trial that is available at only three centers in the world, including the UC Brain Tumor Center, were reported at the American Association for Cancer Research’s annual meeting in San Diego. The Phase I trial is for patients who have a subtype…
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2014 Midwest Regional Brain Tumor Conference Offers Guidance, Risk-of-Fall Screenings

Contact: Cindy Starr (513) 558-3505 cindy.starr@uc.edu CINCINNATI—The 2014 Midwest Regional Brain Tumor Conference, a free educational event for patients, caregivers and family members, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 21, at the Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road. The annual conference, titled “Hope, Innovation, Progress, Support,” is presented by the Brain…
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Metabolic Reprogramming in Brain Tumor Cells Could Be Potential Target

Contact: Katie Pence (513) 558-4561 katie.pence@uc.edu During a membership event April 29, the Cincinnati Cancer Center awarded over $200,000 in pilot grants to members and basic scientists who are collaborating to find out more about various cancers with hopes of generating more data and additional funding. Three teams received Affinity Group Awards, which encourage multidisciplinary…
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From Pin Pricks to Radiation Beams to Keyhole Incisions, Brain Surgery Is Trending Smaller

CONTACT: Cindy Starr (513) 558-3505 cindy.starr@uc.edu The difference between having a brain aneurysm treated the old way and a new way was aptly described as “the nutcracker” vs. “the TripTik” by a patient of Andrew Ringer, MD, professor of neurosurgery at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine. The patient experienced both, and he…
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Joseph Broderick Named Director of UCNI

Joseph Broderick Named Director of UCNI

Contact: Keith Herrell 513-558-4559 keith.herrell@uc.edu Joseph Broderick, MD, has been named Director of the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute (UCNI) effective Jan. 1, 2014. Dr. Broderick, who has served as UCNI research director, will assume the new position as John M. Tew, MD, who has served as Clinical Director, steps into new roles at the…
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Dr. Richard Curry Earns a Rare Neuro-Oncology Certification

CONTACT: Cindy Starr 513-558-3505 cindy.starr@uc.edu CINCINNATI — Richard Curry, MD, has earned a coveted neuro-oncology certification from the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. Dr. Curry, a neuro-oncologist at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute and the UC Cancer Institute, is one of only 149 board-certified neuro-oncologists in the United States and one of only two…
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Regulation of Cancer-Causing Protein Could Lead to New Therapeutic Targets

Regulation of Cancer-Causing Protein Could Lead to New Therapeutic Targets

Contact: Katie Pence 513-558-4561 Katie.Pence@uc.edu CINCINNATI—Researchers with the Cincinnati Cancer Center (CCC) and the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute have discovered a new regulation for the cancer-causing protein KRas that may help with the development of targeted therapies for patients with a KRas mutation. Atsuo Sasaki, PhD, a member of the CCC, the UC Cancer…
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