We have a new graduate student in the Heinrich Lab, so please join us in welcoming Jason Kent! Jason is currently pursuing his PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology at OHSU. He has been a part of the Heinrich Lab since the spring of 2017. He graduated with a B.S in Biochemistry at California Polytechnic State University San Luis
Obispo in 2014. Jason is using a functional yeast model to study SDH deficiency in GIST.
We are so proud to congratulate our graduate students, Dr. Lillian Klug and Dr. Amber Bannon, on their successful completion of PhD programs at OHSU! Dr. Klug presented her dissertation, “LMTK3 is necessary for oncogenic signaling and survival in KIT-mutant GIST and melanoma,” on Friday, September 22nd, 2017, and obtained her doctorate from the OHSU Cancer Biology Program. Dr. Bannon presented her dissertation, “Translating Genetic Data into Actionable Clinical Guidelines: SDHA Variants of Unknown Significance in GIST,” on Friday, September 29th, 2017, and obtained her doctorate from the OHSU Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. We have watched these ladies grow so much over the years and their contributions to GIST research and future therapies are invaluable!
Thank you so much to all of the participants who joined us for the 2017 GIST Education Conference and Luncheon. The event was not only informative for patients and researchers, it was an excellent opportunity to connect with each other. Additionally, we want to express our gratitude to 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 be sure to watch our special Lab Tour video and see below for links to the speakers’ presentations.
Dr. Christopher Corless – Welcome
Amanda Bryant – Nutrition for Patients with GIST
Tracy Walker – How to Find and Participate in a GIST Clinical Trial
Lilli Klug – Exploring New Therapeutic Targets in GIST
Amber Bannon – Understanding SDH Mutations in GIST
Dr. Michael Heinrich – GIST Treatment Update
Please join us for our annual 2017 GIST Conference on Tuesday, May 9th, in the CLSB on Portland’s beautiful South Waterfront campus. We look forward to seeing your familiar faces and sharing updates on our research!
To encourage cancer prevention awareness during National Cancer Prevention Month, here are a few informational links for our patients, families, and friends. Please join us in promoting cancer education and donating to cancer research so we can fight GIST and other cancers.
GIST Cancer Research Foundation
GIST Support International
American Institute for Cancer Research
American Association for Cancer Research
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
Oregon Health & Science University
“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.”
Please join us for the 2016 Annual GIST Educational Conference and Luncheon on Tuesday, May 10!
The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and the GIST Cancer Research Fund cordially invite you to Oregon Health & Science University for a one-day educational conference highlighting advancements in Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST) Research.
Click here for more details!
Please join us for our GIST Day of Learning!
Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
Center for Health and Healing – Portland, Oregon