Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

UM/Sylvester Hosts Annual Cancer Research Competition/Lecture Featuring Harvard’s Dr. Judah Folkman

05.16.2006

The University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is pleased to host the seventh annual Zubrod lecture and research poster competition this Thursday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Diagnostic Treatment Center, 1611 NW 12th Avenue, second floor. This year’s lecture will feature renowned cancer researcher Judah Folkman, M.D., Andrus Professor of Pediatric Surgery and professor of cell biology at Harvard Medical School, and director of the Vascular Biology Program at Children’s Hospital, Boston.

Dr. Folkman will present “Lessons from Antiangiogenic Therapy and Other Diseases” over lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Dr. Folkman published his seminal paper on blood supply and tumors in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1971, essentially creating a new field within oncology research. Now, several angiogenesis inhibitors are FDA approved to stop blood flow to tumors. Dr. Folkman has authored 389 peer-reviewed papers and 106 book chapters and monographs and he holds honorary degrees from 15 universities.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. researchers, faculty members and students from UM/Sylvester will compete in a poster presentation of cancer studies and projects. More than 40 researchers are presenting posters detailing their work. “We’re excited about the spirit of competition we see in this event each year,” says W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., F.A.C.S., Director of UM/Sylvester. “But what’s even more important is giving colleagues a chance to share this vital research with each other, because every year that collaboration opens doors that just might save lives.”

Entries will be judged by peers and awarded first, second and third prize in two levels of competition – fellows, residents and medical students (M.D.) and graduate/post-doctoral students (Ph.D.), for a total of six winners. A monetary award accompanies each prize. Among the studies presented by fellows, residents and students are posters examining the value of screening the U.S. workforce for skin cancer, immune prognostic factors in prostate cancer, a look at a successful surgical strategy in patients’ liver cancer, adding a predictive gene to the Pap test, the potential value of a plant extract against prostate cancer, several immune system studies, several studies examining the role of blocking blood supplies to tumors – the area of Dr. Folkman’s research – and much more.

Students and physicians will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to discuss the competition and their work, which will be displayed all day on 45 three- by six-foot color posters. Judging takes place in the morning and Dr. Folkman will join UM/Sylvester physicians and scientists in judging the work. The annual Zubrod Poster Presentation is a competition in honor of the late Dr. Charles Gordon Zubrod, a legendary soldier in the fight against cancer. Dr. Zubrod spent 25 years with the University of Miami and was a past director of the University of Miami Cancer Center.

The DTC is adjacent to the West Wing on the second floor, upstairs from the JMH cafeteria. From NW 12th Avenue, go to NW 19th Street and turn right at the tall, blue Breast Health Center sign then immediately turn right onto the diagonal driveway. Members of the media may park near the door.

UM/Sylvester opened in 1992 to provide comprehensive cancer services and today serves as the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis, and treatment at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. UM/Sylvester handles 1,400 inpatient admissions annually, performs 3,000 surgical procedures, and treats 3,000 new cancer patients. All UM/Sylvester physicians are on the faculty of the Miller School of Medicine, South Florida’s only academic medical center. In addition, UM/Sylvester physicians and scientists are engaged in 200 clinical trials and receive more than $31 million annually in research grants. UM/Sylvester at Deerfield Beach recently opened to better meet the needs of residents of Broward and Palm Beach Counties. This 10,000-square-foot facility at I-95 and S.W. 10th Street offers appointments with physicians from six cancer specialties, complementary therapies from the Courtelis Center, and education and outreach events.

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