OCRI News

Etiology and Pathogenesis of Oral Cancer ARC Hosts Annual Symposium

November 21st, 2016 in Oral Cancer Research Initiative.

On October 24, 2016, the Etiology and Pathology of Oral Cancer (EPOC) Affinity Research Collaborative (ARC) hosted its annual symposium. Six cancer researchers and clinicians presented on their current work and future opportunities to an audience of researchers, clinicians, residents and students. The Symposium opened with remarks from Dr. Maria Kukuruzinska, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Molecular & Cell Biology at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) and co-Director of the EPOC ARC. Dr. Ravindra Uppaluri, Director of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, presented the keynote talk, More

Dr. Maria Kukuruzinska Receives Evans Center Research Collaborator of the Year Award

November 21st, 2016 in Oral Cancer Research Initiative.

Dr. Maria Kukuruzinska, Associate Dean for Research and Professor in Molecular & Cell Biology at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, was named the 2016 Evans Center Research Collaborator of the Year by the Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research and the Boston University Department of Medicine. This recognition was announced at the annual Department of Medicine Awards Dinner on October 13, 2016. The Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research promotes growth and discovery for interdisciplinary biomedical research through its dynamic organizational structure. It brings together investigators from different fields together to study disease mechanisms and identify further opportunities... More

OCRI participates in Oral Cancer Foundation Walk/Run for Awareness

November 21st, 2016 in Oral Cancer Research Initiative.

On Sunday, October 2, 2016, the Oral Cancer Research Initiative (OCRI) joined forces with the Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) for the 10th Oral Cancer Foundation Walk/Run for Awareness at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir in Boston. Students, faculty, and staff from GSDM participated in the 5K walk to raise oral cancer awareness and promote early detection as well as to celebrate survivors and remember those who have passed away. The Boston University team was organized by the OCRI and the BU chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA). Zachary Snider, DMD 18, captained the Boston University team. Before the walk began, More

Khalid Alamoud Receives Award for Poster Presentation at American Head & Neck Society Conference

August 31st, 2016 in Oral Cancer Research Initiative.

Dr. Khalid Alamoud, Ortho 19, DScD 19, at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM), presented his recent research conducted in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology at the 9th International Conference on Head and Neck Cancer: Technology Transforming Head and Neck Cancer Care. Dr. Alamoud is a post-doctoral student in the Department of Orthodontics and the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology at Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM). This event was held in Seattle, Washington, from July 16 to 20, 2016, and was hosted by the American Head & Neck Society. Dr. Alamoud’s... More

OCRI Hosts Lunch & Learn on Head & Neck Cancer Day

August 31st, 2016 in Oral Cancer Research Initiative.

On Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) Oral Cancer Research Initiative (OCRI) marked World Head & Neck Cancer Day with a Lunch & Learn. This event featured a variety of perspectives on head and neck cancer, including discussion of current research, clinical treatments, and patient quality of life. Over thirty students, faculty, and staff members from GSDM and the greater Boston community participated in this event. After an introduction from Dr. Maria Kukuruzinska, Associate Dean for Research at GSDM and Director of the OCRI, Dr. Scharukh Jalisi began the event with a clinical perspective... More

Greater Boston Head and Neck Cancer SPORE Proposal Submitted

May 31st, 2016 in Oral Cancer Research Initiative.

The proposal for a Greater Boston Head and Neck Cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) was submitted to the National Cancer Institute earlier this month. Led by Dr. Maria Kukuruzinska, Associate Dean for Research at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, and Dr. Robert Haddad, Disease Center Leader in Head and Neck Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the SPORE brings together exceptional scientific expertise, resources and clinical care in head and neck cancer at six major Boston area institutions, with the long-term goal of mobilizing and enhancing the research workforce dedicated to the treatment of head... More

Researcher Spotlight: Jennifer Snyder-Cappione

May 31st, 2016 in Oral Cancer Research Initiative.

OCRI member Dr. Jennifer Snyder-Cappione is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Associate Director of the Center for Immunobiology, and Director of the Flow Cytometry Core Facility at Boston University School of Medicine.  Dr. Snyder-Cappione and her team investigate the progression of immune cell subsets into exhausted (checkpoint-inhibited) states in a variety of chronic diseases, including HIV, systemic scleroderma, and oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). She works to improve ex vivo methodologies to help determine the functional interchanges between cell subsets in vivo that dictate the fate of a diseased site and surrounding areas, and to clarify... More

OCRI Explores Biorepository Collaboration with Erie County Medical Center

February 26th, 2016 in Oral Cancer Research Initiative.

On February 1, Dr. Jennifer Frustino visited Boston University and met with OCRI researchers to explore biospecimen repository collaboration opportunities. Dr. Frustino is the Director of Oral Cancer Screening and Diagnostics in the Division of Oral Oncology and Maxillofacial Prosthetics at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, NY. Previously, she worked at the nearby Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Erie County Medical Center recently established an Oral Cancer Screening Program, and is collecting biopsies, buccal cells, and microbiota. Dr. Frustino and her colleagues are collecting many biospecimens from their diverse patient group and have been looking for a collaborative partner with the... More

Paper Published by OCRI Members Selected as AACR Editors’ Pick

February 26th, 2016 in Oral Cancer Research Initiative.

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) selected an article written by members of the Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC) community as one of the AACR Journals Editors’ Picks for 2015. The article, “A YAP/TAZ-Regulated Molecular Signature is Associated with Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma” was published in Molecular Cancer Research in June, 2015. The paper is the product of a collaboration between investigators at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) as part of the Etiology and Pathogenesis of Oral Cancer (EPOC) Affinity Research Collaborative (ARC), co-funded by the... More

Etiology and Pathogenesis of Oral Cancer ARC Funded For a Third Year

February 26th, 2016 in Oral Cancer Research Initiative.

The Etiology and Pathogenesis of Oral Cancer (EPOC) Affinity Research Collaborative (ARC) was recently successful in its application for a third year of funding. The EPOC ARC is co-funded by the Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research and the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM). The group is made up of a number of investigators who work collaboratively on multidisciplinary projects with the overarching goal of deciphering the molecular mechanisms underlying oral cancer development and progression to metastasis, and identifying novel druggable targets for effective and lasting oral cancer therapies. The ARC is led by Dr. More