Cancer Currents for September 2009

News and Notes from the Director
Photo: Duane A. Compton, PhD
Dr. Compton Appointed Associate Director for Basic Sciences

Please join me in congratulating Duane A. Compton, PhD, professor of Biochemistry, on his recent appointment as Associate Director for Basic Sciences at Norris Cotton Cancer Center. In this capacity Dr. Compton has oversight of cancer research in the basic sciences, and ensures coordination of collaborative activities leading to new knowledge and its translation into clinical applications. Dr. Compton will co-chair the Cancer Research Committee with Allen Dietrich, MD, Associate Director for Population Sciences. Dr. Compton also directs the Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program, and leads the Cancer Center's Cancer Mechanisms Research Program. Read more.

Dr. Sentman to Lead the Immunology and Cancer Immunotherapy Research Program
Photo: Charles L. Sentman, PhD

We are pleased to announce that Charles L. Sentman, PhD, associate professor of Microbiology and Immunology, has accepted appointment as Director of the Immunology and Cancer Immunotherapy Research Program (ICIP) of Norris Cotton Cancer Center. The ICIP was initiated in 1992 by Dr. William Green, Dean of Dartmouth Medical School, who led the Program until 2002. Drs. Randy Noelle and Richard Barth co-directed the ICIP from 2002 through two successful NCI Core Grant renewals. As ICIP Director, Dr. Sentman will continue the Program's commitment to bringing scientific discoveries into the clinic. Read more.

New Providers Around the Region

We are pleased to welcome several new providers to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center clinical staff:

  • Medical Oncologist Ronald J. Kubica, MD, at Norris Cotton Cancer Center North
  • Hematologist Frederick (Erick) Lansigan, MD, with the Lymphoma and Bone Marrow Transplant Programs
  • Elizabeth Hamlin, APRN, MS, with the Comprehensive Breast Program at Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Manchester
  • Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program graduate Joshua Rifkind, MD, who will be joining the staff Manchester
Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program Students Visits
Graphic: Molecular and Cellular Biology image

Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) Graduate Program students are visiting Norris Cotton Cancer Center today (Monday, August 31) as part of a one-week orientation. Cancer Center members participating in small group discussions with the students include Constance Brinckerhoff, Michael Cole, Steven Fiering, Scott Gerber, Lloyd Kasper, Mathieu Lupien, Jason Moore, Mary Jo Turk, and Matt Havrda (for Mark Israel's lab). The MCB Graduate Program at Dartmouth trains students to be highly qualified for productive careers in research and teaching in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Training culminates in the production of a publishable thesis based on original research in the student's chosen field of investigation. Read more about the MCB Graduate Program.

Green Mountain Motorcycle Ride is a Big Success
Photo: Cancer Center and Motorcycles

The 7th Annual Green Mountain Motorcycle Ride was held on Sunday, August 23, 2009. The scenic route through the mountains and countryside of Vermont and New Hampshire is popular with riders of all ages and abilities, including this year for the first time a rider on a scooter! The 47 riders raised more than $32,000 for cancer research and patient services at Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

-Mark Israel, MD