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Zubrod Memorial Lecture

18th Annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture & Cancer Research Poster Session is Friday, May 19, 2017. See the flyer for additional details

Carl H. June, MD is the Richard W. Vague Professor in Immunotherapy in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. He is currently Director of the Center for Cellular Immunotherapies at the Perelman School of Medicine, and Director of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, 1979. He had graduate training in Immunology and malaria with Dr. Paul-Henri Lambert at the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland from 1978-79, and post-doctoral training in transplantation biology with E. Donnell Thomas and John Hansen at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle from 1983 – 1986. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. He maintains a research laboratory that studies various mechanisms of lymphocyte activation that relate to immune tolerance and adoptive immunotherapy for cancer and chronic infection. In 2011, his research team published findings detailing a new therapy in which patients with refractory and relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia were treated with genetically engineered versions of their own T cells. The treatment has also now also been used with promising results to treat children with refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He has published more than 350 manuscripts and is the recipient of numerous prizes and honors, including election to the Institute of Medicine in 2012 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014, the William B Coley award, the Richard V Smalley Memorial Award from the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer, the AACR-CRI Lloyd J. Old Award in Cancer Immunology, the Philadelphia Award in 2012, the Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Science in 2014 (shared w S. Grupp, B. Levine, D. Porter), the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize (shared w J. Allison), the Novartis Prize in Immunology (shared w Z. Eshaar and S. Rosenberg), the Karl Landsteiner Memorial award, the Debrecen Award and a lifetime achievement award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

2017 Outstanding Faculty Award Winners

Basic Scientist of the Year

Ramin Shiekhattar, Ph.D.
Director, Cancer Epigenetics Research Program, Chief, Division of Cancer Genomics & Epigenetics
Professor, Department of Human Genetics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Clinical Researcher of the Year

Breelyn A. Wilky, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Miller School of Medicine

Community-based Researcher of the Year

Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, DO, Ph.D., MPH, CPH
Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences, Director of the UM Director of the Musculoskeletal Disorders and Occupational Health Lab, and Deputy Director of the MD/MPH Program

Mentor of the Year – Junior Faculty

Nipun Merchant, M.D.
Vice Chair of Surgical Oncology Services, Chief of the
Division of Surgical Oncology in the Department of Surgery, Chief Surgical Officer and Associate Director of Translational Research (Interim) of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Mentor of the Year – Trainees

Mark L. Gonzalgo, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, Miller School of Medicine
Director, Urologic Oncology Fellowship

Teacher of the Year

Pasquale Benedetto, M.D.
Professor of Medicine

2017 Zubrod Poster Winners & Categories

Basic Science: Graduate students:

*Fiorella Magani, M.S. – Abstract #16 *
Research mentor Dr. Kerry Burnstein

Michael D. Birnbaum, B.S. Abstract #5
Research mentor Dr. Fangliang Zhang

Basic Science: Post-doctoral fellows:

Jianping Li, M.D. – Abstract #15
Research mentor Dr. Feng-Chun Yang

Clinical Research

Joyson Kodiyan, M.D. – Abstract #44
Research mentor Dr. Stephen Ramey

Translational & Population-Based Research

Sabrina Copsel, Ph.D. – Abstract #59
Research mentor Dr. Robert Levy

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17th Annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture & Cancer Research Poster Session

Robert A. Weinberg, Ph.D., winner of the U.S. National Medal of Science in 1997, was the featured speaker at the 17th annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture and Cancer Research Poster Session, hosted by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Lois Pope LIFE Center auditorium and the Schoninger Research Quadrangle on May 10, 2016.

Weinberg, a founding member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, director of the Ludwig Center for Molecular Oncology at MIT, and professor for Cancer Research, lectured on “Mechanism of Carcinoma Malignant Progression.” About 200 people attended the lecture.

Nearly 90 clinical fellows/residents, postdoctoral fellows, medical students, and graduate students presented posters of cancer studies and projects and competed in the following categories: Basic Sciences, Clinical Research, Population-Based Research, and Translational Research. Faculty also were recognized for their efforts in research, instruction and mentorship.

2016 Outstanding Faculty Award Winners

Basic Scientist of the Year

Stephen Lee, Ph.D.
Pap Corps Endowed Professor in Leukemia,
Leader, Adult Leukemia Program,
Assistant Professor of Medicine,

Clinical Researcher of the Year

Ronan Swords, M.D., Ph.D. FRCPI, FRCPath
Pap Corps Endowed Professor in Leukemia,
Leader, Adult Leukemia Program,
Assistant Professor of Medicine,

Community-Based Researcher of the Year

Judith Hurley, M.D.
Medical Director, Hematology/Oncology Clinics at Jackson Memorial Hospital
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Program Director, Hematology/Oncology Fellowship

Mentor of the Year – Junior Faculty

Dipen J. Parekh, M.D.
Chairman, Department of Urology and Director of Robotic Surgery
Professor, Victor A. Politano Endowed Chair in Urology

Mentor of the Year – Trainees

James E. Hoffman, M.D.
Director, Outpatient Clinics, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Miller School of Medicine
Associate Director, Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program
Director, Myeloma and Amyloidosis Program

Teacher of the Year

Kerry L. Burnstein, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Education and Training, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Professor of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology

2016 Zubrod Poster Winners & Categories

Basic Science

Julian Naipauer, Ph.D. – Abstract #16
Research mentor Dr. Enrique Mesri

Taekyoung Kwak, Ph.D. candidate – Abstract #9
Research mentor Dr. Barry Hudson

Clinical Research

Philip C. Miller, Ph.D. – Abstract #42
Research mentor Dr. Dorraya El-Ashry

Population –Based Research

Felix M Chinea, M.D. – Abstract #71
Research mentor Dr. Alan Pollack

Translational Research

Diana Azzam, Ph.D. – Abstract #53
Research mentor Dr. Claes Wahlestdet

For more information contact the Sylvester Office of Education & Training at 305-243-2287.

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Past Zubrod Memorial Distinguished Guest Lecturers

2017: Carl H June, M.D.
“Self driving CARs: safer cancer therapy?’

2016: Robert A. Weinberg, Ph.D.
“Mechanism of Carcinoma Malignant Progression”

2015: Arul M. Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D.
“The Application of Integrative Sequencing for Precision Oncology”

2014: Kenneth C. Anderson, M.D.
“New Insights into Therapeutic Targets in Multiple Myeloma”

2013: James R. Downing, M.D.
“The Pediatric Cancer Genome Project – Implications for Clinical Medicine”

2012: Ronald Levy, M.D.
“Immunotherapy of Lymphoma”

2011: “Lessons from Death Signaling”
Vishva Dixit, M.D

2010: “Modeling Human Cancer in the Mouse”
Mario R. Capecchi, Ph.D.

2009: “Nuclear Receptor Coactivators: ‘Master Genes’ and Targets of Disease”
Bert O’Malley, M.D.

2008: “Modeling Cancer in the Mouse”
Tyler Jacks, Ph.D.

2007: “Taxol, Tubulin, and Tumors: Challenges in the New Era of Chemotherapy”
Susan Band Horwitz, Ph.D.

2006: “Lessons from Antiangiogenic Therapy and Other Diseases”
Judah Folkman, M.D.

2005: Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation 1965-2005: “Advancing Knowledge, Saving Lives” Rainer F. Storb, M.D.

2004: “From Sarcoma Growth Factor to TGF-beta Targeted
Therapeutics in Human Neoplasia” Carlos L. Arteaga, M.D.

2003: “The Control of Immunity and Tolerance by Dendritic Cells”
Ralph M. Steinman, M.D.

2002: “Mitochondrial Gateway to Apoptosis” Stanley Korsmeyer, M.D.

2001: “Does Apoptosis Play a Role in the Etiology or Treatment of Cancer?”
Craig B. Thompson, M.D.

2000: “The Development of Cancer Vaccines”
Steven A. Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D.

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