SGO Issues Feb 25, 2016


SGO Issues Feb. 25, 2016

Distinguished service and science honored at Annual Meeting
IOM Committee Report on State of Science in Ovarian Cancer
Immunotherapy online video education discussion to launch Feb. 27
Redbook fundraising campaign supports research through FWC

Distinguished service and science honored at Annual Meeting

SGO will recognize excellence in gynecologic cancer research and treatment with the presentation of several awards during the Society’s 47th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer in San Diego, March 19 – 22, 2016. SGO’s awards will be presented on Saturday, March 19, during the Opening Scientific Plenary Session.

James Tate Thigpen, MD, a medical oncologist from the University of Mississippi in Jackson, MS, with more than 40 years of experience in his field, will receive the Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes individuals who, over an extended period of time, display a continuous outstanding meritorious service in the field of gynecologic oncology.

George Larry Maxwell, MD, of INOVA Fairfax Hospital for Women and Children in Falls Church, VA, and co-founder of the international Globe-athon movement to end women’s cancers, will receive the Gynecologic Oncology Humanitarian and Volunteerism Award, which is awarded to an individual for their exemplary local, national or international volunteer and outreach efforts in women’s cancer care, research or training.

The Harry Long Award recognizes outstanding SGO Members for their contributions to multidisciplinary mentorship, collegiality or teaching in the field of gynecologic oncology. This year, SGO will acknowledge two recipients: medical oncologist Gini Fleming, MD, of the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL and radiation oncologist Gillian Monica Thomas, MD, from Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The Innovation Award honors individuals who have been exceptionally creative thinkers who significantly impacted the understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of gynecologic cancers. This year, SGO acknowledges two recipients: Susan Band Horwitz, PhD, Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York, NY, and William Patrick McGuire, MD, Director of the Phase I Solid Tumor Program at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, VA.

For the 2016 SGO Presidential Abstract Award, lead author Barbara S. Norquist, MD, will be presented the award for “Mutations in homologous recombination genes and response to treatment in GOG 218: An NRG Oncology study.”

Lead author Robert L. Coleman, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, will receive the 2015 Annual Meeting Best Scientific Plenary Abstract: “A Phase III randomized controlled clinical trial of carboplatin and paclitaxel alone or in combination with bevacizumab followed by bevacizumab and secondary cytoreductive surgery in platinum-sensitive, recurrent ovarian, peritoneal primary and fallopian tube cancer.”

The 2015 Annual Meeting Best Clinical Practice Poster award will be presented to lead author Christina R. Washington, MD, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, for the poster, “Incidental uterine malignancy following laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy in a national cohort.”

The 2015 Annual Meeting Best Basic Science Poster will be presented to Carlton L. Schwab, MD, Yale University School Of Medicine, in New Haven, CT, for the poster, “Neratinib, an irreversible ErbB receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor, shows efficacy in the treatment of HER2 amplified carcinosarcoma in vitro and in vivo.”

Lead author Alexandros Rodolakis, MD, PhD, from Athens University, Athens, Greece, will be presented with the 2015 Annual Meeting Best Surgical Film award for “Radical abdominal trachelectomy during pregnancy for stage IB1 cervical carcinoma.”

IOM Committee Report on State of Science in Ovarian Cancer

On March 2 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee will release its report on the State of the Science in Ovarian Cancer Research at a public event and via WebEx stream. The committee was charged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to review the state of the science in ovarian cancer and formulate recommendations for action to advance the field.

Specifically, the committee was asked to:

  • Summarize and examine the state of the science in ovarian cancer research;
  • Identify key gaps in the evidence base and the challenges to addressing those gaps;
  • Consider opportunities for advancing ovarian cancer research; and
  • Examine avenues for translation and dissemination of new findings and communication of new information to patients.

Registration is now open for the report release on Wednesday, March 2, at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) at the National Academy of Sciences Building, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW. More information about this project is also available online.

Immunotherapy online video education discussion to launch Feb. 27

On Feb. 13, SGO Connect Ed will launch the fourth video in the Real Conversations in Gynecologic Oncology panel discussion series. “Immunotherapy and Gynecologic Cancer” is moderated by Ritu Salani, MD, of The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, and features panelists Stephanie Gaillard, MD, from Duke Cancer Institute in Durham, NC; Alessandro Santin, MD, from Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT; and Katie Moore, MD, from the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, OK.

Redbook fundraising campaign supports research through FWC

Redbook Magazine has kicked off a fundraising campaign and launched a video on Facebook to support the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, asking their 8 million monthly readers to donate $10 to the FWC to help fund gynecologic cancer research. Redbook’s March 2016 edition—available online and on newsstands–includes an article on gynecologic cancers with interviews with several SGO members.