Author Archives: Kelli Ruiz

  1. Two abstracts accepted for a poster presentation at the 2019 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

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    Congratulations to the two abstracts that were accepted for a poster presentation at the 2019 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium®, December 10-14, 2019:

    Dr. Praveen-Kumar Raj-Kumar

    “Evaluation of laser microdissected primary breast tumors for RNA Seq over bulk processing and validated with cohort control”

    Mr. Jianfang Liu

    “Breast cancer treatment and association with clinicopathologic features in TCGA”

  2. CSSIMMW 1st Annual Cookout for Cancer

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    CSSIMMW held its 1st Annual Cookout for Cancer on August 24, 2019.

    The Archery Community was honored as the recipient of the Taunia Oechslin Community Advocate for Breast Cancer Research Award. A plaque will be placed in the CSSIMMW lobby to commemorate the honor. Jesse Broadwater, multi-award-winning world champion archer, known for his generous spirit, gave an archery demonstration and many of the attendees tried their hand at the sport.

    The picnic was a huge success with everyone enjoying music by Bo Moore, appetizers, drinks and a picnic buffet by Joey Del. A basket raffle was held and all the ladies left with an embroidered pink apron. It proved to be a very enjoyably evening raising $7,500 for the institute.

  3. Five CSSIMMW employees attended the 2019 Military Health System Research Symposium

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    Five attended the 2019 Military Health System Research Symposium.

    The 2019 Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) was held from Monday, 19 Aug through Thursday, 22 Aug 2019.

    The MHSRS is the Department of Defense’s premier scientific meeting. It provides a venue for presenting new scientific knowledge resulting from military-unique research and development. The MHSRS is the only military or civilian meeting that focuses specifically on the unique medical needs of the Warfighter.

    The MHSRS provides a collaborative setting for the exchange of information between military providers with deployment experience, research and academic scientists, international partners, and industry on research and related health care initiatives falling under the topic areas of Combat Casualty Care, Military Operational Medicine, Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine, Medical Simulation and Information Sciences, Military Infectious Diseases, and the Radiation Health Effects.

    The MHSRS is an annual four-day educational symposium that draws approximately 2,900 attendees.

    CSO, Hai Hu attended, along with the four employees who’s abstracts were presented:

    Dr. Praveen-Kumar Raj-Kumar
    Abstract # MHSRS-19-01828 for Updates on Military Women’s Health – Evaluation Of Laser Microdissected Primary Breast Tumors For Rna-seq Over Bulk Processing

    Mr. Leonid Kvecher
    Abstract # MHSRS-19-02206 for Predictive Analytics within the Military Health System – An Informatics Infrastructure Task Force For The Applied Proteogenomics Organizational Learning And Outcomes (APOLLO) Consortium As Part Of The Cancer Moonshot Program

    Mr. Jianfang Liu
    Abstract # MHSRS-19-00925 for Predictive Analytics within the Military Health System – Determining The Appropriate Follow-up Times For Apollo Studies From Tcga Data

    Ms. Kimberly Murtha
    Abstract # MHSRS-19-01722 for Predictive Analytics within the Military Health System – Contribution Of Department Of Defense Cancer Information To The Oncology Research Information Exchange Network (ORIEN) Avatar Research Program

  4. CSSIMMW hosts Murtha Cancer Center for a Town Hall Meeting

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    On August 9, 2019, Dr. Craig Shriver, Director of the Murtha Cancer Center Research Program of Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and Director of Murtha Cancer Center of Walter Reed National Military Center, led a group of his staff members to visit CSSIMMW and held a Town Hall Meeting to update staff at CSSIMMW on topics such as: Cancer’s impact on military readiness, Biorepository activities, Clinical trial collaborations, Federal Precision Oncology Initiative, as well as, other ongoing initiatives and Programs.

    The Staff at CSSIMMW also gave presentations on the activities within the organization centralized on supporting the Federal Precision Oncology program APOLLO, which stands for the Applied Proteogenomic OrganizationaL Learning and Outcomes that is a tri-federal effort led by the Department of Defense, the National Cancer Institute, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The presentations include: Opening remarks by CEO, Tom Kurtz, overview of the organizations activities by CSO, Hai Hu, overview of operations by Director of Research Operations, Kelli Ruiz, General Biobanking activities by, Senior Director Stella Somiari and staff, Caroline Larson, Brenda Deyarmin and Lori Sturtz, and demonstrations of Informatics Infrastructure system by Director, Leonid Kvecher and staff, Brad Mostoller and Kim Murtha.

    In addition, technical discussion sessions were held to identify issues that need to be address to support the APOLLO program, with solutions developed or explored.