Microscope | May 2019

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Chih-Chi Andrew Hu, Ph.D., funded in 2012

Blood Cancer Research Funding

The Leukemia Research Foundation’s (LRF) Medical Advisory Board will meet on Saturday, June 8 to review dozens of blood cancer research grant proposals submitted for funding. Last year, the LRF awarded more than $1.4 million in research grants. These grants were funded by donors like you who realize that new and inventive approaches to blood cancer treatments will only come from welcoming new perspectives and insights into the blood cancer research arena. The LRF awards $100,000 grants to New Investigators and we need your help to continue to provide this crucial support to the best and brightest researchers and enable them to work toward their goal of FINDING A CURE!

Please give today so that we can provide the maximum amount of funding for ground-breaking blood cancer research.

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Brittany K. Ragon, M.D.

Linking Elderly AML Patients to Targeted Therapy (Video)

Brittany K. Ragon, M.D., assistant professor/adult leukemia and transplant specialist at the Levine Cancer Center, Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina, is featured in a video discussing the use of genetic information to match elderly acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) patients with molecularly targeted therapy soon after diagnosis. Watch the video here.

Doctor Ragon’s research is currently being funded by the Leukemia Research Foundation. Click here to see information about the research and link to an abstract, providing further details.

Samuel Katz MD PhD

Samuel G. Katz, M.D., Ph.D.

Medical Advisory Board Member Contributes to CAR T-cell Therapy Program

Samuel G. Katz, M.D., Ph.D., a new member of the Leukemia Research Foundation Medical Advisory Board, was recently quoted in this article concerning CAR T-cell Therapy.

Funded by the LRF in 2014, Dr. Katz is an assistant professor of Pathology at Yale University School of Medicine.

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Iannis Aifantis, Ph.D.

LRF-funded Researcher Leads a Team in Understanding Function of Rare Cells in Bone Marrow

Iannis Aifantis, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Pathology at the Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Health, and colleagues have discovered how rare blood cell types within the bone marrow microenvironment function. Read more about this important discovery here.

Aifantis was senior researcher for this study. The Leukemia Research Foundation provided funding for Aifantis’ research in 2004.

Eishi Noguchi, PhD

Eishi Noguchi, Ph.D.

Leukemia Research Foundation Funding Helps to Build Careers for New Investigators

Leukemia Research Foundation-funded researcher Eishi Noguchi, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Drexel University College of Medicine. Since being funded by the LRF in 2006, he has been published dozens of times, including two books, and has earned funding from the W. W. Smith Charitable Trust, Pennsylvania Department of Health, National Institutes of Health-National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH-NIGMS), the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009-NIH–NIGMS, and the Drexel Co-op Research Program. Learn more here.

Andrei L. Gartel, PhD

Andrei L. Gartel, Ph.D.

Timely Research Funding Helps to Shape Careers

Andrei L. Gartel, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Illinois Cancer Center in Chicago. He was funded by the Leukemia Research Foundation in 2007. Funding from the LRF helps to build careers for New Investigators and since 2007, he has authored 88 peer-reviewed publications that include more than 25 reviews and has more than 11,000 citations. More here.


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CAR T-cell Therapy at Road to a Cure

Do not miss your chance to hear the latest on CAR T-cell Therapy: Efficacy, Treatment, Access, presented by Michael Nishimura, Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Learn about this exciting option for blood cancer patients at the 3rd Annual Road to a Cure. Click here to sign up now for the program on Thursday, May 9 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Cancer Wellness Center in Northbrook, Illinois. Admission to the program is free and refreshments will be served.

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Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients Conference

It is not too late to sign up for this educational conference on blood cancers and treatment options.

Click here to register now or call 847.424.0600 to sign up for the 15th Annual Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients Conference on Saturday, May 11 from 7:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Lisle. Seven oncologists will present various blood cancer topics, followed by a Physicians Panel during which attendees can ask questions.

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Holiday Gifts to Fight Blood Cancers

Mother’s Day is just a few days away and Father’s Day is just around the corner. Make your gift shopping count for your loved one and the fight to find cures for all blood cancers! Here are a few options.

  • Poppie’s Resale & Consignment Shop: Clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry; all these treasures and more are waiting for you at a store in University Park, Illinois. Details here.
  • ShoppingGives.com: Shop from 750 popular stores, you’ll save with hundreds of top deals and up to 40% of each purchase amount will be donated to Leukemia Research Foundation! Just click this link, then click “shop and give back” to get started.
  • AmazonSmile: Click here to login with your Amazon.com credentials. The Leukemia Research Foundation will be selected as your charitable organization. Then shop Amazon as you normally do. A portion of your purchase price will benefit the LRF!



Volunteers Needed: 25th Annual ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk

Want to support the fight to find cures for all blood cancers, volunteer for the 25th Annual ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk on Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Chicago’s Grant Park!

Volunteers are needed for water on the course, runner food, course marshals, setup, breakdown and so much more. Talk to your friends or family about volunteering together!

Mike Kolodny of Chicago has been a volunteer for this event for all 25 years and then some. He got involved when his brother died from leukemia and is a key reason the event exists today.

“All LRF volunteers work with a common bond. Everyone has been impacted by a blood cancer. We’re all working towards the same goal – eradicate this disease. Help to find a cure. The common bond drives all of us to achieve success for the organization,” Kolodny said.

Click here to sign up to volunteer for the 25th Annual ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk or email arleen@LRFmail.org today!


Ina and Edmund Epstein

Ina and Edmund Epstein

“A Great Service to Patients”

Edmund Epstein first became aware of the Leukemia Research Foundation in 1968 when he was working for the Academy of Pediatrics.

“I didn’t get involved with the Foundation then but I know your office was in Chicago. Even when my daughter was treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia in the 1970s I was not heavily involved with the Leukemia Research Foundation.

I was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma in 1999. It’s an indolent disease I learned. In May of 2000 I participated in a clinical trial at Northwestern with Dr. Jane Winter. I went into remission soon after and the remission lasted for more than five years. It was during this time that I really became involved with LRF patient programs.

When my follicular lymphoma came back in 2005 I received a new medication from Dr. Winter, which put me into remission until 2012. I relapsed again and was put on another medication and I’ve been in remission ever since.

I went to my first LRF program in 2005. The program was very helpful in learning about my disease. Combined with information I researched on my own, I could have very detailed conversations with my doctor about up-to-date treatments, medications and options for the future.

Since 2005 I’ve been to at least a dozen LRF programs including the Road to a Cure and the Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients Conference. The interaction with the doctors is great and perhaps just as important is the interaction with other patients, survivors and family members. Psychosocial support is very important. LRF programs provide a great service to patients.”


May 9
Road to a Cure

May 11
Treatment Options
for Blood Cancer Patients Conference

May 19
Jessica Shayne Magid "Chai" Chapter

May 25
Phillip "Poppie" Gaston Chapter
The Best of Music Benefit Concert

June 2
Donald Davidson-Alan Brin
Memorial Chapter

Raffle for Research Drawing

June 13
Jim Gibbons Memorial Chapter
25th Annual
ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk

August 2 - 4
Kingfish Shootout
Carrabelle, Florida

August 9
Joey's Angels Chapter
18th Angels in the Fairway

Blood Cancer Awareness Month

September 22
73rd Annual Medical Awards Luncheon

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