Cancer Currents for December 2008

News and Notes

Bradley A. Arrick, MD, PhD, has been appointed as Chief of the Section of Hematology/Oncology at Norris Cotton Cancer Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Arrick is an Associate Professor of Medicine and member of the Molecular Therapeutics Research Program, with research interests focused on understanding the pathobiology of breast cancer. He has served in a number of leadership roles including Director of the Familial Cancer Program, Medical Director of In-patient Hematology/Oncology, and Acting Section Chief.

Arti Gaur, PhD, has been awarded the National Brain Tumor Society's 2008 Daniel Paul Bogart Chair of Research, created by family and friends to honor Mr. Bogart, who passed away in 2004. Dr. Gaur's research focuses on the control of gene expression that contributes to glioblastoma multiforme, and focuses on two particular microRNAs-mir-10a and mir-10b-as potential diagnostic markers and therapeutic targets. Dr. Gaur is associated with the Israel lab.

Margit M. McGowan, DO, has been named the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center Research Scholar for 2009. The award nurtures innovative cancer research and supports early- to mid-career scientists working in areas central to the mission of the Cancer Center. Dr. McGowan joined the Cancer Center in 2008, after completing two Fellowships at the Yale Cancer Center in New Haven, CT, first in Medical Oncology and then in Drug Development. Dr. McGowan is a member of the Gastrointestinal Clinical Oncology Program.

Keith Paulsen, PhD, has been appointed the inaugural Robert A. Pritzker Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Dartmouth. The professorship recognizes faculty scholarship at the intersection of engineering and medicine. As Co-Director of the Cancer Imaging and Radiobiology Research Program at Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dr. Paulsen has led the development of innovations in medical imaging technology and cancer diagnosis and treatment, primarily for the breast and brain. Along with an interdisciplinary team of colleagues, Paulsen has worked for more than 20 years to advance clinical science through the merging of engineering modeling methodology with an array of imaging techniques.

James R. Rigas, MD, has been named Medical Director of the Office of Clinical Research at Norris Cotton Cancer Center. As Director of the Comprehensive Thoracic Oncology Program, Dr. Rigas has led the development of investigational protocols for the study and treatment of lung cancer. He served as the physician advisor on the recent successful implementation of Velos as the OCR's Clinical Trials Management System, collaborating with Mark Carey, Director of Clinical Information Systems at the Cancer Center. Dr. Rigas will build upon the progress the OCR achieved over the past two years under the leadership of Dr. Marc Pipas.

The 31st David B. Kaner Memorial Lecture will be held on Thursday, December 11, from 12:00-1:00 pm in Auditorium E at DHMC. Graham A. Colditz, M.D., Dr.P.H., will present "Can We Prevent Breast Cancer?" Dr. Colditz is the Niess-Gain Professor and the Associate Director of Prevention and Control at the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes Jewish Hospital; and the Deputy Director of the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.