Jeffrey A. Drebin, MD, PhD, has been named the new Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). Dr. Drebin brings to MSK decades of experience as a world-class surgical oncologist specializing in pancreaticobiliary, upper gastrointestinal and liver surgery. He joins MSK from the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) where he was most recently the John Rhea Barton Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Drebin formally assumes his new role as Peter Scardino, MD, steps down as Chairman after ten years of visionary leadership.
MSK researchers used the genome-editing tool CRISPR to create more potent chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells that don't tire as easily when attacking cancer cells. The unexpected findings were published in the journal Nature on February 22 and underscore the potential of genome editing to advance immunotherapy for cancer.
Researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) today published a seminal review of the rapidly evolving field of precision oncology, which allows doctors to recommend therapies based on a genetic understanding of a person’s cancer. Appearing in the special cancer-focused February 9 issue of Cell, the article — “Implementing Genome-Driven Oncology” — presents a critically self-reflective but solutions-focused perspective on this approach to cancer treatment.
Today, after a yearlong review and collaborative process, Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida became a full member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance. Miami Cancer Institute is the third member of the MSK Cancer Alliance, a transformative initiative that aims to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people with cancer in community settings.
Memorial Sloan Kettering and Hackensack Meridian Health announced the Memorial Sloan Kettering–Hackensack Meridian Health partnership, a joint venture that will combine both organizations’ unparalleled expertise in all areas of cancer care and research to accelerate new discoveries and improve the lives of patients they jointly serve.
Nearly 20 years have passed since Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) first opened its doors in the Garden State. Since then, an explosion of knowledge and data has resulted in far better outcomes for thousands of people with cancer, including many who’ve sought care at MSK’s facility in New Jersey.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), The Rockefeller University and Weill Cornell Medicine announced today that they have established a new drug discovery company called Bridge Medicines. Launched in partnership with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. and healthcare investment firms Bay City Capital and Deerfield Management, Bridge Medicines is a groundbreaking initiative that completes a seamless, fully funded and professionally staffed path from concept to drug candidate to efficiently and rapidly develop innovative therapeutics for treating human diseases.
When Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) opened its doors along Commack Road in 2002, eastern Long Islanders no longer needed to navigate congested roadways and train lines bound for Manhattan to receive personalized cancer care. Today, more than 14 years later, MSK is reinforcing its commitment to the local community in the form of a 38,000-plus-square-foot addition complete with enhancements to both clinical programs and physical spaces.
Molecular biologist Christine Mayr, MD, PhD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s (MSK) Sloan Kettering Institute (SKI) is one of 12 2016 recipients of the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Pioneer Award. Established in 2004, the annual award recognizes and supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering and highly innovative approaches with the potential to produce an unusually high impact on biomedical or behavioral research.
There has been much recent excitement about immunotherapy and the use of genetically engineered chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells. Historically, CAR T cell immunotherapy has aimed to boost the immune system by giving immune cells the information they need to better recognize tumor cells as foreign and attack them. New work led by Hans-Guido Wendel, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), and collaborator Karin Tarte of the University of Rennes, France, illustrates an untapped potential of CAR T cells to act as targeted delivery vehicles that can function as “micro-pharmacies” for precise therapeutic delivery.