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Cleveland Clinic taps Abraham as chair


Jame Abraham, MD, has been appointed chair of the hematology/medical oncology department at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. In this new role, Dr. Abraham will “recruit and develop staff and guide the department’s focus on patient access and a multidisciplinary approach to care,” according to a statement.

Dr. Jame Abraham of the Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Jame Abraham

Dr. Abraham is also director of the breast oncology program at Taussig Cancer Institute, codirector of the Cleveland Clinic comprehensive breast cancer program, and a professor of medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He takes the helm from hematologist Matt Kalaycio, MD. Dr. Kalaycio also serves as editor-in-chief of Hematology News.

In other news, Zhe Ying, PhD, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, has received a 5-year Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

Dr. Zhe Ying of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle

Dr. Zhe Ying

With this award funding, Dr. Ying will investigate oncogene-induced differentiation in PI3K-mutant head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Specifically, he aims to determine if genetic mutations and niche factors can overcome oncogene-induced differentiation to promote tumorigenesis.

Another grant winner is Gina Mantia-Smaldone, MD, of Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. She will receive 3 years of funding from the Gynecologic Oncology Group Foundation and NRG Oncology to study gynecologic malignancies.

Dr. Gina Mantia-Smaldone of Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia

Dr. Gina Mantia-Smaldone

This award will also provide Dr. Mantia-Smaldone with research mentorship and opportunities to collaborate with other researchers. Her research is focused on developing targeted therapies for ovarian and endometrial cancers that will, ideally, improve patients’ quality of life.

Lastly, Edna (Eti) Cukierman, PhD, of Fox Chase Cancer Center, received a grant to conduct research with Ashani Weeraratna, PhD, of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and Vivek Shenoy, PhD, and Arjun Raj, PhD, both of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Dr. Edna Cukierman of Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia

Dr. Edna Cukierman

The grant, from the National Cancer Institute, will be used to investigate the link between cell aging and melanoma. Dr. Cukierman, Dr. Weeraratna, Dr. Shenoy, and Dr. Raj will focus their research "on better understanding the deterioration of collagen integrity via cellular aging and its role in melanoma metastasis,” according to a statement.

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