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Archive for August, 2015

UPCI’s Burns Wins Two National Awards for Lung Cancer Research

A UPMC CancerCenter medical oncologist and University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute researcher has won two national awards for his continuing work into understanding and screening for lung cancer, the country’s top cancer killer.

Timothy Burns, M.D., Ph.D., received a Doris Duke Clinical Scientist award from the Doris Duke Foundation. The three-year, $450,000 grant will support research into KRAS mutant non-small cell lung cancer, which accounts for about a quarter of all lung cancers and is resistant to drug therapy. Dr. Burns is trying to find out more about that treatment resistance and find ways to overcome it. (more…)

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Hillman’s Legacy A Strong One at UPCI, UPMC CancerCenter

There is no name more prominent at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) and UPMC CancerCenter than Hillman.  Elsie Hillman, who died at the age of 89 on Tuesday, was a passionate supporter of both, contributing millions of dollars along with her husband Henry and countless hours of her time as founding member and vice chair of the UPCI Council.

“Elsie was not only a huge philanthropist and supporter of cancer care and research, but she was a dear friend,” said Stanley Marks, M.D., chairman of UPMC CancerCenter and director of clinical services and chief medical officer for UPMC CancerCenter and UPCI. “She was our biggest supporter and champion and our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time. She will be terribly missed.” (more…)

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Who’s Who in Black Pittsburgh Honors Outstanding UPMC Leaders

Pittsburgh is the most recent stop for Who’s Who, where the organization recently held a networking event and reception at UPMC’s Herberman Conference Center in Shadyside. In traditional Who’s Who fashion, the event had Herberman buzzing with jazz music and lively conversation to celebrate the inaugural edition in Pittsburgh.

“Pittsburgh is in a time of transition, everybody is talking about diversity, and everyone wants to know how diverse Pittsburgh is,” said KDKA reporter Lynne Hayes-Freeland as she took the stage on July 15 as the “mistress of ceremonies.”  (more…)

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New Technique Helps Treat Intractable Epilepsy


In this UPMC video, UPMC doctors and patients discuss a new technique called responsive neurostimulation, or RNS, for the treatment of intractable epilepsy. Electrodes implanted in the brain detect when a seizure is about to begin and deliver a small burst of electrical stimulation to shorten its duration or prevent it. Find out more about epilepsy surgery on UPMC’s treatment page.

RNS also was highlighted in a recent story and a video in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.


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