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March 2, 2017

 Faculty Seminar Poster

Cancer Community at Illinois Faculty Seminar Series Begins Today

Today is the first session of the Cancer Community at Illinois Faculty Seminar Series.

Thursday, March 2 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Health Care Engineering Systems Center (HCESC), Room 1232
(HCESC is in the lower level of the North Campus Parking Deck Building at 1206 W Clark Street, Urbana, IL)


  • Stephen Boppart (Bioengineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Timothy Fan (Veterinary Clinical Medicine)
  • Zeynep Madak-Erdogan (Food Science and Human Nutrition)
  • Erik Nelson (Molecular and Cellular Biology)

RSVPs were requested, but seats are still available so please join us this afternoon!


Request for Faculty Achievements and Publications

The Cancer Community at Illinois is publishing a list of faculty achievements from June 2016 to present in the next issue of Pathways. As you know, our community members have a very active record of achievement and publication, which we aim to celebrate.

Please send us the following information for you or your lab:

  • Selected Honors and Awards
    • Provide the name of the award and the honor granting organization.
  • Selected Grants
    • Provide the name of the granting organization, the title of the proposal, and the dates indicating the length of the grant.
  • Publications
    •  In order to render the list manageable, we are allotting no more than five (5) entries per faculty member. If you would like your work to appear in the next Pathways, please select the five publications you would most like to highlight among those you have published during the academic year. Please note that forthcoming publications are not eligible for inclusion this round.

If you have received ANY awards/acknowledgements/honors and/or published books or articles during this time, send the information/citation(s) to



 Save the Date CSTAR

Save the Date! CSTAR Reception, April 19

The CSTAR program will be holding a reception April 19, 2017. This is a great opportunity for faculty, students, and physicians to learn more about the exciting research happening in the CSTAR program.

Carle and Illinois Reception
April 19, 2017
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Mills Breast Cancer Center
Carle Houseworth Conference Center (2nd floor)

An agenda will be coming soon!

 Dr. Joyce Bischoff
 Dr. Joyce Bischoff

BioE Spring Seminar Series

The Department of Bioengineering, as part of its Spring Seminar Series, will feature Dr. Joyce Bischoff, professor in the Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. On Tuesday, March 7, Dr. Bischoff will present “Building perfused vascular networks in vivo using vasculogenic cells—application to ischemic diseases.”


Building perfused vascular networks in vivo using vasculogenic cells—application to ischemic diseases


Joyce Bischoff
Professor, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School


March 7, 2017
12:30 p.m.


Coordinated Science Lab, B02


Carle Cancer Research Update Meeting

Join the discussion at the Carle Cancer Research Update Meeting. This week there will be a presentation of five new studies by Dr. Zhao, Dr. Barnett, and Dr. Rowland  Lunch is not served, but you are welcome to bring your own lunch if you would like.


Presentation of Five New Studies


Dr. Zhao, Dr. Barnett, and Dr. Rowland


March 3, 2017
Noon-12:30 p.m. CST


Carle Cancer Center/MBCI-2nd Floor
Houseworth Conference Room



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Behavioral Interventions to Address Chronic Health Conditions in Primary Care (R01)

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) seeks Research Project Grant (R01) applications that propose to use a common conceptual model to develop behavioral interventions to modify health behaviors and improve health outcomes in patients with comorbid chronic diseases and health conditions. Specifically, this FOA will support research in primary care that uses a multi-disease care management approach to behavioral interventions with high potential impact to improve patient-level health outcomes for individuals with three or more chronic health conditions. The proposed approach must modify behaviors using a common approach rather than administering a distinct intervention for each targeted behavior and/or condition. Diseases and health conditions can include, but are not limited to: mental health disorders (e.g., depression), diabetes, smoking, obesity, chronic pain, alcohol and substance abuse and dependence, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, cancer and hypertension.

Deadline: May 8, 2017

The complete RFP is available here.




Ovarian Cancer Target Molecule May be Key to Blocking its Spread

Science Daily — Blocking a protein found on the surface of ovarian cancer cells could prevent or reduce the spread of the disease to other organs, according to new research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 22,440 women in the U.S. will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer this year. About 15,000 will die from the disease, which ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women and No. 1 among cancers of the female reproductive system. It is often diagnosed in a late stage, after the cancer has spread to other organs, making it incurable to currently available treatment options.

“The greatest barrier to our ability to treat cancer in this stage is that we know very little about the molecules that cause the disease to spread,” said Maria Barbolina, associate professor of biopharmaceutical sciences and lead researcher of the study. “The goal of our research is to identify key molecules that govern metastasis and use them as targets for the development of new drugs.”

Read the full story here.


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