December 2017  

Happy Holidays to all of our supporters!  

clare A Message from PMC Executive Director Clare Cameron 
This year we have had some amazing fundraisers where we have experienced so much more than a motorcycle ride or a 5K walk.  We never forget those who are struggling in their fight against mesothelioma as well as their families.  For PHLBI it's about the incredible lives that have touched us, people from all parts of the world and all different professions, and life stories that we have shared.  Read more
Research News

Establishing therapeutic strategies for Mesothelioma is our highest priority. To this end, currently, we are considering three research plans: i) developing immunotherapy strategies using Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC), ii) generating modified MSC for Mesothelioma therapy, iii) identification of target molecules for Mesothelioma therapy.  

Developing immunotherapy strategies using Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC): Naturally, our immune systems have the ability to remove abnormal cells including cancer. However, some cancer cells seem to escape from the immunity by inhibiting immune cells. Indeed, in surrounding tumors, many disabled immune cells are observed, and unfortunately, immune-suppressor T-cells named regulatory T-cells (Treg) appear to inhibit anti-tumor immunity and protect cancer cells. Based on these findings, we plan to develop therapeutic strategies by re-activating anti-tumor immunity with the modified Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC).
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PMC Scientific Advisory Board member Dr. Robert B. Cameron, MD, FACS, presented "Engineering Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Immunotherapy of Mesothelioma" at the 7th International Symposium on Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma on September 30th, 2017.
Watch his presentation below.

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It Was A Jolly Good Time At The Annual PHLBI Holiday Open House!   

PHLBI rung in the holidays on Wednesday, December 6th at the annual Holiday Open House at our research facility in Los Angeles. Attendees listened to holiday tunes around the tree, ate delicious food, caught up with friends, made new ones, and toured the updated lab with PHLBI lead researcher Masahide Tone. Guests included a range of mesothelioma warriors including Beranice, a 14 year Mesothelioma survivor (pictured on the right with her daughter and husband). 

We hope that all of you have a safe and merry holiday with those you hold most dear!
6th Annual 5K Walk/Hike for Meso Surpasses Goal and Raises Over $160,000 for Mesothelioma Research!
Watch all of the fun we had at this year's 5K Walk by clicking below!

Frank Worth Hollywood Art Gallery Opening at the W Hotel

The PMC partnered with Global Images USA for two events showcasing Frank Worth's Golden Age of photography this past spring.  These events, held at a private Hollywood Hills residence and the W Hollywood Hotel, featured renowned artists such as Hemut Newton,, David LaChapelle, Timothy White, Daniel Furon, Ann McFerran, and many more. A portion of the sale of the artwork was donated to PMC!
5th Annual "Greatest Escape" Motorcycle Ride ~ June 4th, 2017
Watch the highlight reel from this year's Greatest Escape Motorcycle Ride by clicking below! 

PMC Caregiver Support Group 
This  marks the second year since PMC began offering monthly caregiver support group meetings.  The support group  led by PMC Nurse Practitioner Lien Hua-Feng and Sonia Jarvis-Bayek was created to give caregivers of mesothelioma patients an  outlet to ask questions, share stories, and release difficult emotions.  For more information on the PMC Caregivers Support Group  click here .
7th International Symposium on Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma  -  September 30th -  Luskin Center at UCLA
Watch the highlight reel from the Symposium below!

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