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Tumor Microenvironments: Mechanisms and Therapeutic Implications 6th Annual Symposium

Gold Nanoparticle Delivery of MicroRNA Impairs Metastasis in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

lung cancer, thoracic surgery, Neuberger Berman Lung Cancer Research Center, Vivek Mittal

Dr. Vivek Mittal. Credit: John Abbott



Weill Cornell Medicine researchers have shown that giving mice with triple-negative breast cancer therapeutic microRNA (miRNA) in a protective gold nanoparticle results in significantly less spreading of cancer to the lung. Triple-negative breast cancer is a highly aggressive, difficult-to-treat form of the disease, with a high rate of metastatic recurrence. miR-708 is a non-coding microRNA that can block expression of genes that are crucial in metastasis.

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Faculty appointed to Endowed Professorship

Dr. Nasser Altorki. Photo credit: Tiffany Walling

At the recommendation of Dean Augustine M.K. Choi, a member of the Weill Cornell Medicine faculty has been named to an endowed professorship by the Board of Overseers.

Dr. Nasser Altorki has been appointed as the David B. Skinner, M.D. Professor of Thoracic Surgery, effective April 1. He is the chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery, director of the Neuberger Berman Lung Cancer Research Center and leader of the Solid Tumor Program of the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center.

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The Future of Transplantation: Manufacturing of Super Organs

Endobronchial Lung Volume Reduction Events

Multidisciplinary Airway Conference - Introduction to WCM's New Endobronchial Lung Volume Reduction Program

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Department is pleased to announce a multidisciplinary Airway Conference that emphasizes evidence-based approaches to the treatment of patients with complex airway conditions.  The event is open to interventional pulmonologists, pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, gastroenterologists, ENTs, allergists, internists as well as nurses, residents, and fellows in each of the aforementioned specialties.  The format of the conference is case-based presentations followed by dynamic discussion moderated by Dr. Eugene Shostak. We will also make the first official announcement of Weill Cornell Medicine’s new endobronchial lung volume reduction program.  If you are unable to join in person, please consider joining us remotely.

For more details: Multidisciplinary Airway Conference - Introduction to WCM's New Endobronchial Lung Volume Reduction Program

A Sea of Presentations, and Those That Are Making Waves

By Brendon Stiles

October 8, 2018

I arrived in Toronto for the World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) prepared for a whirlwind of activity. With committee and personal meetings to attend, as well as a handful of presentations to give, I barely had time to stop and reflect upon the remarkable collection of people that were gathered there. WCLC is relatively unique in that it brings together individuals treating and interested in lung cancer from numerous specialties: oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, pathologists, epidemiologists, scientists, and others. The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) who organizes WCLC has also wisely added patients and advocates to that mix, enabling a palpable focus on meaningful outcomes and on lung cancer advocacy. All of these stakeholders come together to cover the entire spectrum of lung cancer. However, within this vast ocean of presentations, it can feel a bit like paddling a rowboat to get from place to place to try to grasp the big picture of what is happening in the field.

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Leading by Example

Cardiothoracicc surgeon Erin Mills Iannacone, MD, aims not only to bring more women to her field, but to broaden NYP/Weill Cornell's surgical offerings

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Symposium: Advances in Thoracic Oncology

The course is a one day, in depth meeting focused on updating healthcare providers on advances in thoracic oncology. Participants will be able to identify the advances in the management of patients with lung cancer.

Marfan: 2018 The Walk for Victory

Weill Cornell Medicine/NewYork-Presbyterian invite you to join us on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Hudson River Park at 57th Street here in New York City, to raise awareness and funds for the 5th Annual NYC Walk for Victory benefitting The Marfan Foundation.

Weill Cornell Medicine/NewYork-Presbyterian will be your team!! Led by Walk for Victory chair Dr. Leonard N. Girardi, funds raised through this event provide support and education, as well as the research support necessary to make sure people with Marfan syndrome and related disorders can live longer and fuller lives. This serious connective tissue disease affects most systems of the human body – eyes, bones and spine, heart and blood vessels. There are many ways to cope with Marfan syndrome but gone undiagnosed, it can be fatal.

For more details: 2018 The Walk for Victory

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