TCI had a strong presence at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
TCI booth
William Oh, MD, at the TCI booth
Cardinale Smith, MD, PhD, and Nina Bickell, MD, at the TCI reception
Dr. Oh with Hematology/Medical Oncology fellows at the TCI reception
Many highlights, including video clips, are documented on TCI Twitter
Phillip Friedlander, MD, PhD

Vaccine for melanoma

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Amy Tiersten, MD

CDK 4/6 inhibitors for breast cancer

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Josep Llovet, MD

Liver cancer clinical trial results

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William Oh, MD

Targeting PI3K/Akt pathway in prostate cancer

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In an oral presentation, Matthew Galksy, MD, reported that early use of PD-1 blockade with pembrolizumab via a switch maintenance approach was found to prolong progression-free survival in patients with metastatic urothelial cancer completing first-line platinum-based chemotherapy.

Stuart Aaronson, MD
Stuart Aaronson, MD, was honored on June 6 with the dedication of the Icahn 15-84 Conference Room in recognition of his commitment and service to Mount Sinai and the Department of Oncological Sciences.

Pictured: Dr. and Mrs. Aaronson
Special Grand Rounds
Richard T. Silver, MD, Professor of Medicine and Emeritus Director of the Richard T. Silver Myeloproliferative Neoplasms Center at Weill Cornell Medical College, was the 2019 recipient of the Gedalio and Sonia Grinberg/Nathaniel Wisch, MD Endowed Visiting Lectureship award. Dr. Silver presented “Polycythemia Vera, 2019: Troubling Aspects of Diagnosis and Treatment” at the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology Grand Rounds on May 16.

The lectureship was established through the generosity of Gedalio and Sonia Grinberg in honor of Dr. Wisch.

Pictured left to right: Ronald Hoffman, MD , Vesna Najfeld, PhD , Dr. Silver, John Mascarenhas, MD
Honorary Race Chair
Joshua Richter, MD, will serve as Honorary Race Chair for the 2019 Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team for Cures: Tri-State 5K Walk/Run on June 15.

Mount Sinai’s Multiple Myeloma Program was recognized by the MMRF in 2018 with the Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium Accelerator Award for exceptional contributions to clinical trials.
Melanoma Research Alliance

Jerry Chipuk, PhD , received a Melanoma Research Alliance Pilot Award , collaboratively funded by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, for “Mitochondrial Control of Melanoma Initiation.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Jose Javier Bravo-Cordero, PhD, is co-investigator on a newly awarded R01 grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health. Ana Maria Cuervo, MD, PhD (recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences), and Allan Wolkoff, MD, both with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, are the principal investigators. This collaborative grant will utilize high-resolution intravital imaging and superresolution microscopy techniques in the Bravo-Cordero Lab at Mount Sinai in the context of liver disease.
Grant Opportunities
Tisch Cancer Institute Innovative Oncology Research Projects
Application deadline: June 21
Apply through online application portal .
Select “Apply for TCI Innovation Seed Funding.”
with Mount Sinai Innovation Partners.

Cancer Research Institute

Mitohormesis primes tumor invasion and metastasis

This study demonstrates that mitohormesis, a phenomenon involving activation of cytoprotective mechanisms and normally associated with health and longevity, is perniciously used by cancer cells to promote tumor progression. Mitohormesis in breast cancer cells results in persistent activation of the mitochondrial unfolded protein response ( UPR mt ) and reduction in oxidative stress, making the cancer cells more metastatic. Study findings indicate that breast cancer patients with elevated UPR mt experience significantly worse clinical outcomes. 
A personalized platform identifies trametinib plus zoledronate for a patient with KRAS-mutant metastatic colorectal cancer
et al.

This study presents the results of treating a patient with KRAS-mutant metastatic colon cancer using  Drosophila  as a personalized cancer drug discovery platform. Following extensive genomic analysis that revealed nine key driver mutations, robotic-based high-throughput screening was used to identify a novel combination—trametinib plus zoledronate—that improved survival of the personalized Drosophila model and subsequently led to a strong partial response in the patient. Our Drosophila model is one of the most genetically complex transgenic whole-animal disease models described to date. It can be adapted for use in other tumor types and may prove especially useful in tumors with challenging profiles.
Pathogen molecular pattern receptor agonists: treating cancer 
by mimicking infection
Joshua Brody, MD , et al.

The immunostimulatory properties of pattern recognition receptors (PRRs)—a diverse family of receptors that alarm the immune system of an invading microbe—can drive reprogramming of the immune suppressive tumor microenvironment and de-novo tumor-specific T cell responses. This makes PRR-targeting therapies an attractive strategy for treating cancer. This paper addresses PRR mechanisms and clinical implications, providing a detailed overview of the role of PRRs in immuno-oncology.
The impact of pathologic response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy on conditional survival among patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer

This study found that muscle-invasive bladder cancer patients with pathologic complete response after neoadjuvant chemotherapy have improved survival relative to patients with pathologic residual disease (pRD) following radical cystectomy, and that the survival advantage does not significantly change over time. These findings may inform novel adjuvant approaches for patients with pRD.
Daratumumab plus carfilzomib and dexamethasone in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma
Ajai Chari, MD , et al.

This phase 1b study evaluated daratumumab plus carfilzomib and dexamethasone in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma after 1-3 prior lines of therapy, including bortezomib and an immunomodulatory drug. The regimen was well tolerated and demonstrated deep, durable responses, even for patients refractory to lenalidomide.
The importance of developing therapies targeting the biological spectrum of metastatic disease

This commentary highlights the importance of studying all stages of the metastatic process, including early stages before clinical disease evidence that will require strategies to prevent disseminated tumor cells from emerging from dormancy, and late stages characterized by overt disease progression.  
Annual Report on the Status of Cancer
Overall cancer mortality continues to decline. Special section focuses on cancer trends among adults ages 20 to 49.

2019 Graduating Hematology/Medical Oncology Fellows and Their Post-fellowship Positions
Natalie Berger : Assistant Professor, Hematology/Medical Oncology, Mount Sinai West, Mount Sinai Health System

Julia Brockway : Assistant Attending, Breast Medicine Service, Division of Solid Tumor Oncology, Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Arielle Langer : Instructor of Medicine, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston

Scot Niglio : Assistant Research Clinician, NIH/National Cancer Institute, Genitourinary Malignancies Branch, Bethesda

Anish Parikh : Clinical Assistant Professor, Ohio State University College of Medicine, GU Medical Oncologist, OSU Wexner Medical Center – James Cancer Hospital, Columbus

Research Fellow Graduate :

Bridget Marcellino : Research Fellow, Hematology/Medical Oncology,
The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Health System
Cancer Biology PhD Candidates Earn Awards
The Arthur Cederbaum Mentoring by a Graduate Student Award

Jerry Chipuk, PhD laboratory
The Advancement of Women in Science Award

Cancer Survivors Day
The 2019 Cancer Survivors Day Celebration, held on June 2, was attended by 150 people, including 115 survivors. 
First International Conference on Discoidin Domain Receptor Biology
Jose Javier Bravo-Cordero, PhD , was an invited speaker at the First International Conference on Discoidin Domain Receptor Biology , May 22-24, in Bordeaux. Dr. Bravo-Cordero presented “A self-made quiescent ECM niche regulates metastatic dormancy through DDR1 signaling.” The next conference is planned for 2021. 
Postdoctoral Research Opportunities Symposium
Platform for senior level graduate students from underrepresented groups to network with faculty and learn about training opportunities at Mount Sinai
Monday, June 24

International School of Immunotherapy
International School of Immunotherapy
New York · Paris · Sao Paulo

June 17–21

Questions? Email

State of the Science Summit on Multiple Myeloma
July 18, 5 -9 pm
NY Marriott East Side
525 Lexington Avenue
at East 49 th Street

Program Chairs: Ajai Chair, MD , and Sundar Jagannath, MBBS

The Tisch Cancer Institute Seminar Series

Interplay Between LRRK2Protein Kinase and Rab GTPases in Parkinson’s Disease

University of Dundee
Tuesday, June 25
12 noon
Davis Auditorium 
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