2016 GCRF Conference and Luncheon

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We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who participated in the 2016 Annual GCRF Conference and Luncheon. It was wonderful to see so many of you and we hope you found a sense of community, patient support and helpful information at this event.  Additionally, we want to thank the GCRF for their incredibly generous donation. With your amazing fundraising efforts, we are able to continue to work hard to find a cure for this devastating disease.

Please click on the following links to view the presentations from the Conference:
Video of Dr. Heinrich’s Research Presentation

PowerPoint Presentations:
Research Updates
Surgery Updates
How to Find and Participate in a GIST clinical trial
Nutrition for Patients with GIST

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Lilli Klug receives AACR 2016 Women in Cancer Scholar Award

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We are proud to announce that our graduate student, Lilli Klug, will receive an American Association for Cancer Research 2016 Women in Cancer Scholar Award at this year’s conference in New Orleans.  Congratulations, Lilli!

Abstract 191: LMTK3 is a novel regulator of oncogenic KIT in KIT-mutant cancers
Poster Session: Kinases and Phosphatases – #16
Sunday, April 17, 1 – 5 p.m.

 

 

Lillian Rose Klug, BS

Graduate Student
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon

The ultimate goal of my research is to identify novel targets that may lead to improved therapies for patients with imatinib-resistant KIT-mutant cancers. I find this translational potential of cancer biology research incredibly rewarding and intend to pursue this goal throughout my career.”

 

 

2016 GIST Day of Learning

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the GIST Day of Learning on March 30th.  We had a wonderful turn out and hope everyone gained some insight and made new connections.  We’ve uploaded a video of the presentation for you to view, along with the following photos from the event.

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2015 GIST Educational Conference and Luncheon

On April 21st, 2015, the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and the GIST Cancer Research Fund hosted the Annual GIST Educational Conference, which provided an opportunity for Dr. Chris Corless, Dr. Michael Heinrich, Ms. Caroline Macuiba, and Dr. Brian Druker to speak to patients and their families about some of the advancements made in GIST cancer research during the last year.  In addition to gaining insight and information about this horrible disease, this event is a chance to reconnect with familiar faces and share in our hope for a cure.  The GCRF also presented us with a generous donation of $100,000 for continuing research.  We could not be more thankful for their amazing fundraising efforts.  Our motivation to find a cure is more enthusiastic than ever before.

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Welcome, Baby Ramona!

This post is a bit late, but we’re still very excited to share this with you!

On December 4th, 2014, Ashley and her family welcomed their new baby girl, Ramona Belle, weighing 9 lbs 2 oz and 21.5 inches long.  We couldn’t be happier for this beautiful family!

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Meet Jay!

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The Heinrich Lab is happy to welcome Jay Hoffarth, our returning summer research assistant!  Jay graduated from PSU with a BS in Biology in June 2014 and plans to take a year off before pursuing a graduate degree in Biology.  He is not only adept at folding proteins, as you can see in this photo, he is also incredibly efficient at making buffers in a hurry, doing Western Blots, generating DNA out of thin air (well, the e. Coli help a little), and generally maintaining a baseline of sanity in the lab.  Thank you, Jay!  Please never leave.