The Melanoma Research Alliance has selected investigators at Yale to receive the 2009 Team Science Award of $1 million in direct cost. The team is composed of Dr. Ruth Halaban, principal investigator, and Drs. Mario Sznol, Michael Krauthammer, Marcus Bosenberg, and David Stern, co-investigators. The funds are dedicated to support sequencing of the melanoma genome and epigenome. Their research is part of the Yale SPORE in Skin Cancer and will draw from the resources of the program and enable the team to build on the successful translational research efforts in melanoma at Yale Cancer Center.
The Connecticut Challenge
This year's Connecticut Challenge will take place on Saturday, July 25th in Fairfield. The annual bike ride raises funds to support survivorship programs in Connecticut, including the Connecticut Challenge Survivorship Clinic at Yale Cancer Center and the HEROS Clinic. If you are interested in riding with the Yale Cancer Center team, please contact Margaret Sasaki or Tom Quinn.
Beginning in October, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies will be invited to Yale Cancer Center to present their pipelines during a monthly conference. Additional details and a full schedule of presentations will follow in the coming months.
The Yale Cancer Center Grand Rounds have been reformatted to include two 20-minute segments focused on the following categories: basic sciences, clinical care, or population sciences. Participation in Grand Rounds will be an important component of cancer center membership.
Starting on Tuesday, September 15th, Grand Rounds will take place weekly at noon in the Brady Auditorium. Lunch will be served.
Construction work and other planning for the building is on schedule with 440 construction workers on site daily. The lobby is nearing completion and a group of workers is focused on finishing the main driveway and landscaping for the building entrance. Carpeting has been installed in the lower level and on floors 1 and 2. One patient room has been completed and one operating room is nearing completion. The brick walkway for the garden on the 7th floor is installed and the roof of the building is now finished.
Shared Resource Highlight
Animal Genomics Services creates transgenic and gene-targeted mouse models for Yale investigator research. The group provides guidance and resources for experimental methodology implementing genetically engineered mice and aims to provide full "idea to mouse" gene targeting services with the recent addition of targeting vector construction. In addition, the service offers cryopreservation of mouse embryos as a repository for genetically unique strains and plans to make sperm cryopreservation available in the near future. Animal Genomics also offers custom services involving embryonic stem cell technology and early mouse embryogenesis.