The Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center

What's New 2007

5th Annual RUN FOR GEORGE Update
December 17, 2007

The family of George Rubis visited the pancreatic cancer research team at Johns Hopkins on Thursday December 13th, 2007. he family toured the labs and enjoyed a break with team members (click here to see photo). The family presented Dr. Iacobuzio-Doanhue a check for over $70,000 from the 5th Annual Run for George to support her pancreatic cancer research efforts! Congratulations to the Rubis Family!

Golf Classic
September 17, 2007

The Joseph C. Monastra Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research will hold a Golf Tournament to raise monies to support the pancreatic cancer research efforts of Dr. Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue here at Johns Hopkins. This "Golf Classic" will be held on October 29, 2007 in Alpharetta, Georgia. For more information, click here or contact Rick Rosemond at 678-888-0243.

Dr. Joseph Herman interviewed on satellite radio
September 4, 2007

Dr. Joseph Herman, co-founder of the Johns Hopkins Multi-Disciplinary Pancreatic Cancer Clinic and an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology & Molecular Radiation Sciences was recently interviewed on ReachMD XM 157, an XM radio station for medical professionals. Dr Herman discussed some of the unique features on diagnosing pancreatic cancer that are very helpful for patients/family members. He also talked about the newer options in terms of treating pancreatic cancer and also the benefits of the Johns Hopkins Multi-Disciplinary Clinic.

To listen, click a link below. To save the file to your computer, right click and choose "save":
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Dr. Ralph Hruban interviewed on satellite radio
July 9, 2007

Dr. Ralph Hruban, Director of the Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer research Center here at Johns Hopkins was recently interviewed on ReachMD XM 157, an XM radio station for medical professionals. In a series of three interviews Dr. Hruban discussed the current state of our understanding of pancreatic cancer. Although these interviews are geared towards medical professionals, we thought you might find them educational.

To listen, click a link below. To save the file to your computer, right click and choose "save":
Interview #1
Interview #2
Interview #3

Rolfe Foundation's Support Tops $1 Million
May 8, 2007

The Michael Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer foundation has been a major supporter of pancreatic cancer research at Johns Hopkins. Over the last 8 years this remarkable foundation has given over $1 Million to support research aimed at the early detection of pancreatic cancer. These funds have provided a critical boost to our early detection efforts, they have helped a number of young talented physician-scientists join the pancreatic cancer research team, and they have provided funds for our scientists to obtain the preliminary data needed to get larger grants from the Federal government. Most importantly, the work of the Rolfe Foundation demonstrates how one family and their dedicated friends can make a significant difference in the war against pancreatic cancer. To learn more about Michael Rolfe and the Michael Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation please visit their web site.


Congratulations Dr. Elliot Fishman
May 4, 2007

Dr. Elliot Fishman here at Johns Hopkins was named the best radiologist in the United States in a survey of other radiologist by Medical Imaging magazine. Dr. Fishman is a Professor of Radiology and Oncology, and an active participant in the Johns Hopkins Multi-Disciplinary Pancreatic Cancer Clinic. Dr. Fishman has published extensively on CT imaging of pancreatic neoplasms and has a highly successful educational Web site. This web site includes the interactive "Ask the Fish" module. Congratulations Dr. Fishman!


Congratulations Dr. Sydney Dy
April 25, 2007

We are pleased to announce that Sydney Dy, M.D., M.Sc., has been named director of the Johns Hopkins Cancer Center's Harry J. Duffy Pain and Palliative Care Program. The new program has been developed through the generosity of the Duffy family to benefit all patients at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

As a member of the Hopkins faculty since 2001, Sydney holds joint appointments in the Bloomberg School of Public Health Division of Health Policy Management as well as in the School of Medicine Department of Medicine and Oncology. Sydney is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine and has extensive experience in palliative care quality standards and quality improvement. She currently serves on the NCCN's palliative care clinical practice guidelines committee, and is part of a national project to develop pilot supportive oncology quality indicators. Her expertise in research and clinical practice bring together two important goals for this program.

The pain and palliative care team will provide support with comprehensive symptom management, coordination of care, and assist patients and families with decision-making. Initially, the service will be piloting on one of the inpatient units (Weinberg 5D), and then available to all Cancer Center patients within the next several months. Sydney and a multidisciplinary team of nurses, social workers, and others including pharmacy, nutrition and rehabilitation medicine, will coordinate with faculty and staff on Weinberg oncology inpatient units during and after rounds, and with outpatient clinicians to address patient and family needs.

Lynn Billing, B.S.N.,C.H.P.N., is the program's nurse coordinator.
Please join us in welcoming Sydney to her new role.


New Tool for Risk Assessment for Individuals With a Family History of Pancreatic Cancer
April 10, 2007

Dr. Alison Klein and colleagues at Johns Hopkins have recently developed a clinical tool, "PancPRO" to help estimate an individuals risk of developing pancreatic cancer based upon their family history of pancreatic cancer. This computer model will help identify individuals with an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer who may want to pursue early detection screening or genetic counseling. This model was developed and validated using information provided by the families enrolled in the National Familial Pancreas Tumor Registry and provides a better assessment of risk than just counting the number of family members with pancreatic cancer because it looks at the entire family tree and the age-of-onset of pancreatic cancer in affected family members. This model estimates the probability that an individual carries a putative pancreatic cancer susceptibility gene and based upon this risk estimates the lifetime risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

PancPRO is maintained as part of the Hopkins SPORE in Gastrointestinal Cancer with Alison Klein and Giovanni Parmigiani as project leaders. It is currently distributed free of charge for research and counseling use through BayesMendel or CaGene.

These results are described in the current issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

PancPRO: Risk Assessment for Individuals With a Family History of Pancreatic Cancer
Wenyi Wang, Sining Chen, Kieran A. Brune, Ralph H. Hruban, Giovanni Parmigiani, and Alison P. Klein
JCO Apr 10 2007: 1417-1422.


Hopkins Pancreatic Cancer Researchers Among Most Highly Cited by Their Peers
February 1, 2007

Four members of the Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Cancer Team were recently recognized by Essential Science Indicators as being in the Top 10 most highly cited Pancreatic Cancer scientists in the world. In a review of scientific papers published between 1996 and October 31, 2006, Drs. Ralph Hruban, Scott Kern, Michael Goggins and John Cameron were recognized as highly cited authors. Dr. Hruban was recognized as the most highly cited of all of pancreatic cancer investigators. In addition, the paper by the Hopkins investigators reporting the discovery of the DPC4 pancreatic cancer gene is recognized by Essential Science Indicators as the most highly cited paper in all of pancreatic cancer research. An author is considered cited when another investigator specifically references ("cites") their work in a medical or scientific paper. Citations are one of many indicators of the impact of scientific work. Congratulations to the Hopkins team!