Tuesday, October 7, 2014

SARC SPORE meeting

We presented our research project in collaboration with Dr. David Langenau (MGH) at today's SARC clinical trial consortium SPORE meeting - we are grateful for this 2 year pilot project funding.  Differentiation as a therapy for rhabdomyosarcoma? possibly! 

Friday, October 3, 2014

upcoming lab participation & talks

AACR Pediatric Cancer Think Tank (October 2014)
Pablove Foundation Pediatric Soft Tissue Sarcoma Symposium Think Tank (November 2014)
AACR Recent Advances Sessions (April 2015)
AACR Special Conference on The Basic Science of Sarcomas (November 2015)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Children's Oncology Group Fall Meeting

This meeting was productive.  Our lab presented at the Soft Tissue Sarcoma Chemotherapy Breakout session on "Three novel target-therapy pairs for potential clinical trials within 18 months?", as well as at the CNS session on "Ad Hoc Preclinical Consortia to Support Trial Design".  Both presentations bridged scientific/drug discovery and the potential initiation of clinical trials.    

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

We are grateful to collaborator Chris Vakoc for the opportunity to present the lecture, "Rhabdomyosarcoma:  Developmental Origins & Therapeutic Opportunities" as the prelude to a collaboration made possible by generous rhabdomyosarcoma patient advocates in this community.  

Monday, September 1, 2014

Save the Date: Rhabdomyosarcoma & Soft Tissue Sarcoma Conference

The Pablove Foundation is hosting a scientific conference on rhabdomyosarcoma & soft tissue sarcoma November 6-8, 2014 in Los Angeles.  This is a by-invitation meeting for clinician-scientists and researchers from the US and abroad; however, the symposium on Saturday November 8 will be open to the public.  Registration information will likely be available late Summer/early Fall through the Pablove Foundation website.  
  
update:  the website is now open for registration.  

Friday, August 29, 2014

2014 Rhabdomyosarcoma Pico-course

It was an exciting week for the participants of the 2014 Rhabdomyosarcoma Pico-course.  The
goal was to evaluate progress 2000-2014 in cooperative group clinical trials of new agents for rhabdomyosarcoma.  The students concluded that in such trials >525 patients had been planned, at a potential overall cost well exceeding $4.7M (not counting the expense of the drugs themselves).  Many of the results of these clinical trials are still pending.  That said, this was a very hardworking group of students who really came together for a high-level project and did a terrific job.  

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Muscle Differentiation as Rhabdomyosarcoma Therapy

Matthew from our lab wrote this commentary in Cancer Cell, which frames the question of how soon myo-differentiation therapy will be feasible for childhood muscle cancer.  The commentary discusses the article here.  Graphic illustration by Nick Escobar.