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December 18, 2015 – Congress passes the omnibus spending bill, which includes a $2 billion increase to the NIH budget. The bill contains language that encourages increased funding for kidney cancer research. Press Release

December 8, 2015 – Joshua Mendell, M.D., Ph.D., is selected by the The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas (TAMEST) to receive the 2016 Edith and Peter O'Donnell Award in Medicine. Press Release • Video

November 23, 2015 – The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) awards $19.6 million in research grants to several UT Southwestern researchers including KCP Program Leader James Brugarolas, M.D., Ph.D., KCP Co-Leader (Metabolism) Ralph DeBerardinis, M.D., Ph.D., and KCP members Thomas Carroll, Ph.D., Joshua Mendell, M.D., Ph.D., and W. Lee Kraus, Ph.D. Press Release

November 15, 2015 – UT Southwestern team of urologists identifies selected population that might benefit from kidney cancer screening. Abstract

November 4, 2015 – Brugarolas Lab hosts first lab tour for participants of the KCP Annual Event.

October 15, 2015 – Andy Geisse, former CEO of AT&T Business Solutions, accepts nomination to direct new KCP Advisory Committee.

October 2, 2015 – Dr. Brugarolas is informed by the NIH that the UT Southwestern Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) application in Kidney Cancer received a score of 14 putting it in the high-impact, exceptional category, the highest possible scoring category. Notification of awards will be made in spring of 2016.

September, 2015 – Dr. Carlos Bagley, Director of the Spine Center at Duke University Medical Center, joins the UT Southwestern faculty to direct the Neurological Surgery Spine Program and serve as Vice Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery.

August 1, 2015 – On August 1, 2015, the Kidney Cancer Program held its annual event at the A.W. Harris Faculty Club at UT Southwestern. More than 160 patients and their family members attended, as well as KCP clinicians and researchers. Video • Photos

July 20, 2015 – Nivolumab is shown to improve the survival of patients with metastatic kidney cancer in trial that UT Southwestern participated in. Press Release 

July 10, 2015 – The Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center is awarded "Comprehensive" designation by the National Cancer Institute, becoming the first and only facility to have this distinction in North Texas. Press Release • Video

May 26, 2015 – Radiation oncologists pioneer the use of radiation for life-threatening complication of renal cancer. Press Release • Manuscript

May 19, 2015 – Joshua Mendell, M.D., Ph.D., a key investigator in the KCP Pediatric Kidney Tumor group, is named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Press Release

February 13, 2015 – Dr. Brugarolas participates in the Vision Setting Meeting for Congressionally-Directed Medical Research Programs for cancer.

January 26, 2015  KCP Monthly Research Seminar Series begins with inaugural presentation by Ivan Pedrosa, M.D.

January 26, 2015 – Three members of the KCP Patient Council, Mrs. Sophia Moschos and Mrs. and Mr. Tony Towler start volunteering in the Simmons Cancer Center Clinics.

December 17, 2014 – The KCP Patient Council is formalized including founding members Carole Baas, Ph.D., Mrs. Sophia Moschos, and Mrs. and Mr. Tony Towler.

November 18, 2014 – Drs. Payal Kapur and James Brugarolas report the first genetically-engineered mouse model of clear-cell renal cancer faithfully reproducing the genetics of the human disease. Press Release • Manuscript

November 17, 2014 – In collaboration with Genentech, Inc. Drs. Payal Kapur and James Brugarolas report the first integrative genomic analysis of non-clear cell renal cancer types including papillary, chromophobe and translocation carcinomas. Press Release • Abstract

October 18, 2014 – Jeffrey Cadeddu, M.D., publishes the first article to propose a modification of the RENAL scoring system to better define outcomes of kidney ablation based on anatomic location and size. Abstract

October 2014 – Ivan Pedrosa, M.D., is selected as one of 11 members of the Disease Focused Panel on Kidney Cancer by the Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR) to advance the radiologic contributions to the diagnosis and management of both localized and advanced renal cell carcinoma.

September 22, 2014 – UT Southwestern investigators submit a Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant application in kidney cancer to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). They are one of three institutions along with the Harvard Cancer Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering to be approved by NCI to submit such an application.

September 5, 2014 – Drs. Dinesh Rakheja, Joshua Mendell, and James Amatruda discover that the DROSHA gene, encoding a protein that regulates miRNA biogenesis, is implicated in Wilms tumor development. They propose that aberrant miRNA biogenesis defines a new subtype of Wilms. Press Release • Abstract

March 28, 2014 – Jeffrey Cadeddu, M.D., publishes a manuscript with the longest follow-up after laparoscopic ablation of renal tumors in the literature defining efficacy of ablative therapy in appropriately selected patients. Abstract

March 10, 2014 – UT Southwestern enters into the International Metastatic RCC Database Consortium.

January 1, 2014 - Vitaly Margulis, M.D., opens an active surveillance study to determine the optimal management of small renal masses.

July 5, 2013 - Raquibul Hannan, M.D., opens the iSABR trial to assess whether tumor cell killing with stereotactic radiation therapy facilitates tumor recognition by the immune system and improves outcomes from treatment with high-dose IL2.

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Conferences by KCP faculty at national and international meetings

November 20, 2015 – Dr. Brugarolas speaks about discoveries and future directions in the molecular genetics of kidney cancer at the 6th Scientific SOGUG Symposium in Madrid, Spain.

November 6–7, 2015 – Dr. Kapur speaks about "Chromophobe RCC", Dr. Margulis participates in a debate on "Optimal Treatment for cT1b Renal Mass in Patient with Normal GFR", and Dr. Brugarolas moderates the session "RCC: Biology and Targets" at the Fourteenth International Kidney Cancer Symposium held in Miami, FL. Slides - Kapur

October 23, 2015 – Dr. DeBerardinis presents his work – Metabolic Heterogeneity in Cancer Cells and Tumors – at the Fourth AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Basic Cancer Research held in Philadelphia, PA.

September 15, 2015 – Dr. Brugarolas addresses the UT Southwestern President's Research Council about kidney cancer. Video

September 7, 2015 – Dr. Brugarolas presents his work on BAP1 (BAP1: Lessons from Renal Cell Carcinoma) at the 16th World Conference on Lung Cancer held in Denver, Colorado. 

April 24, 2015 – Dr. Brugarolas (despite his laryngitis) speaks on clinical implications of kidney cancer genes at the Tenth European International Kidney Cancer Symposium in Lyon, France. Video • Slides

January 23, 2015 – Dr. Brugarolas discusses advances towards personalized medicine for kidney cancer patients at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas in Houston, TX. Video

December 3, 2014 – Dr. Brugarolas presents the UT Southwestern Specialized Program Of Research Excellence (SPORE) concept at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Society of Urologic Oncology in Bethesda, MD.

November 14, 2014 – Dr. Brugarolas speaks on the impact of genomics in kidney cancer treatment at the 6th European Multidisciplinary Meeting on Urological Cancers in Lisbon, Portugal. Video

November 7, 2014 – Dr. Brugarolas discusses the impact of new discoveries about the genetics of kidney cancer at the Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium on Innovative Cancer Therapy for Tomorrow in New York, NY.

October 25, 2014 – Dr. Brugarolas speaks on the classification of kidney cancer at the 13th International Kidney Cancer Symposium in Chicago, IL. Video • Slides • Interview

October 24, 2014 – Dr. Margulis debates on the role of radical nephrectomy at the 13th International Kidney Cancer Symposium in Chicago, IL. Slides  Video

October 23, 2014 – Dr. Cadeddu speaks on kidney tumor radiofrequency ablation at the American Urological Association Summit Conference on Small Renal Masses in Los Angeles, CA.

September 28, 2014 – Dr. Pedrosa speaks on the MRI features of renal masses at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (SBCT/MR) in New Orleans, LA.


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