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Dr. Jamie Berta Spangler

Dr. Jamie Berta Spangler

Published: Jan 14, 2022   |   Author: Jason Butler   |   No Comments

Title of Grant:       Engineered Natural Killer Cell Therapies Targeting Acute Myeloid Leukemia Description: Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a highly prevalent form of blood cancer with extremely low survival rates. Therapies that activate the patient’s immune system to fight disease have been successful in many leukemias, but not AML. We will create a new immune-activating […]

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Dr. Brian Dalton

Dr. Brian Dalton

Published: Jan 14, 2022   |   Author: Jason Butler   |   No Comments

Title of Grant: Dietary Serine Modulation as a Precision Nutrition Therapy for AML Description: Integrative cancer treatments incorporating diet are needed. We have found that certain patients with acute myeloid leukemia may benefit from a dietary intervention affecting the amino acid serine. We propose studies to better understanding and improve upon this intervention so that […]

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Dr. Yibin Yang

Dr. Yibin Yang

Published: Jan 14, 2022   |   Author: Jason Butler   |   No Comments

Fox Chase Cancer Center Title of Grant: Investigating the essential roles of Kelch-like family member KLHL11 in the pathogenesis of Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma and in normal T cells Description:          This project will seek to address the importance of a novel E3 ligase, KLHL11, in the pathogenesis of T cell lymphoma and in normal T […]

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Dr. Nathan Singh

Dr. Nathan Singh

Published: Jan 14, 2022   |   Author: Jason Butler   |   No Comments

Title of Grant:       Role of co-stimulatory domains in CAR T cell dysfunction Description: Cell-based immune therapies have demonstrated impressive success in the treatment of blood cancers, however most patients treated with available cellular immunotherapies are not cured. The goal of this proposal is to identify the molecular pathways responsible for failure of these therapies and […]

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Dr. Shannon Elf

Dr. Shannon Elf

Published: Jan 14, 2022   |   Author: Jason Butler   |   No Comments

Title of Grant:       Dissecting the role of the unfolded protein response in type 1 CALRmutated myelofibrosis  Description: The experiments proposed will help to answer why, among the two types of CALR mutations found in MPN patients, only one type causes myelofibrosis, the most deadly and difficult to treat disease among the three MPN types. This […]

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Dr. Andrew Inltekofer

Dr. Andrew Inltekofer

Published: Jan 14, 2022   |   Author: Jason Butler   |   No Comments

Title of Grant:       Elucidating and targeting IDH2 mutations in T cell lymphoma  Description: Drugs that target mutant forms of the metabolic enzyme isocitrate dehydrogenase 2 (IDH2) are a promising appraoch to treat some cancers. The proposed research will uncover how mutant IDH2 causes T cell lymphoma and determine whether inhibiting mutant IDH2 offers an effective […]

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Dr. Angieszka Czechowicz

Dr. Angieszka Czechowicz

Published: Jun 9, 2020   |   Author: Jason Butler   |   No Comments

Title of Grant: “Development of anti-KIT antibodies and immunotoxins as therapeutics and HSCT conditioning agents for pediatric acute myeloid leukemia (AML)” Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a frequent type of leukemia with harsh treatments and poor outcomes. We have pioneered several new antibody therapies targeting an important receptor found both on blood stem cells and AML, […]

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Marco Ruella, MD

Marco Ruella, MD

Published: May 20, 2020   |   Author: Jen Ranieri   |   No Comments

“Increasing the Therapeutic Index of Chimeric Antigen Receptor T cells for T cell Lymphomas” Our goal is to bring the unquestioned power of CAR T cell therapy to bear on T cell lymphomas, a group of diseases with a poor prognosis and few treatment options. We will use the latest gene-editing tools to make an […]

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Dr. Sahand Hormoz

Dr. Sahand Hormoz

Published: May 20, 2020   |   Author: Jen Ranieri   |   No Comments

“Reconstructing the differentiation dynamics and genealogy of cancer cells in individual patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms using single-cell sequencing” In a type of blood cancer called myeloproliferative neoplasm, the same genetic alteration results in drastically different forms of the disease in different patients. To understand this discrepancy, we will measure the molecular profile of individual cells […]

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Dr. Pengda Liu

Dr. Pengda Liu

Published: May 20, 2020   |   Author: Jen Ranieri   |   No Comments

“Targeting the Innate Immunity-Independent Function of STING in treating AML” This proposal is to test if inhibiting a deubiquitinase named OTUD7B retards AML growth. We found that AML growth is controlled by an immunity sensor STING through activating an oncogenic kinase called mTOR. This process is facilitated by OTUD7B. Thus, inhibiting OTUD7B suppresses STING-mediated mTOR […]

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Naama Kanarek, PhD

Naama Kanarek, PhD

Published: May 20, 2020   |   Author: Jen Ranieri   |   No Comments

“A simple dietary supplement to improve pediatric blood cancer therapy” We propose to improve the use of methotrexate – the standard pediatric leukemia drug – with a simple dietary supplement. By enhancing methotrexate’s efficacy, and better monitoring patients’ responses to the drug, we aim to reduce the therapy’s long-term side effects and offer hope to […]

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Jeffrey Bednarski MD, PhD

Jeffrey Bednarski MD, PhD

Published: Jul 10, 2019   |   Author: Keisha Escoffery   |   No Comments

“B Cell Specific DNA Damage Responses Prevent Leukemic Transformation” Pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia occurs as a result of genetic mutations that block normal development of immune cells and promote continued expansion of cancer cells. The goals of Dr. Bednarksi’s project is to understand how cells prevent generation of these mutations and how cells are eliminated […]

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