Microscope | March 2019

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Michael Nishimura Ph.D. and Patrick Stiff, M.D. 

CAR T-cell Therapy in the News

Two articles about the CAR T-cell Therapy clinical trial currently funded by the Leukemia Research Foundation have appeared recently in the news. Loyola - The Magazine of Loyola University Chicago features Michael Nishimura Ph.D. and Patrick Stiff, M.D. presenting the science behind CAR T-cell Therapy and what the clinical trial entails. Read the article by clicking here.

Chicago Medicine magazine published an article written by Dr. Stiff titled “Loyola to Produce Cancer Fighting Cells.” Click here to read the article. This article describes how Loyola intends to resolve some of the challenges of CAR T-cell Therapy.

Doctor Nishimura is professor of Surgical Oncology in the Department of Surgery at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Doctor Stiff is the chairman of the Leukemia Research Foundation Medical Advisory Board and director of Hematology/Oncology Research Division, director of Hematology/Oncology at Loyola Medicine and the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Both doctors will be participating in upcoming patient programs hosted by the Leukemia Research Foundation; Road to a Cure and the Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients Conference, respectively.

Read more about Leukemia Research Foundation’s funding of the CAR T-cell Therapy clinical trial here.

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Kishore Challagundla, Ph.D. 

University of Nebraska Medical Center
Welcomes LRF-funded Researcher

Congratulations to Kishore Challagundla, Ph.D., who recently became a new faculty member at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. You can get to know Dr. Challagundla by clicking here.

Doctor Challagundla’s research is currently being funded by the Leukemia Research Foundation. Read about his research project titled Exosomic miRNAs and PD-L1 in AML Therapy Resistance, along with other projects currently being funded by the LRF, by clicking here.

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New Investigators Proposals to be Reviewed

March 18, 2019 is the next deadline for invited New Investigators to submit full research project proposals to the Leukemia Research Foundation.

Prospective research grant recipients were asked to submit letters of intent (LOIs) to the Leukemia Research Foundation by February 1. The LOIs were then assessed by the Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board (MAB) and select applicants were invited to submit full proposals for review. Applicants will be notified of their status by June 30.



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CAR T-cell Therapy: Efficacy, Treatment, Access

Join us on Thursday, May 9 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for the 3rd Annual Road to a Cure. The program features Michael Nishimura, Ph.D. from the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, who will offer a presentation titled CAR T-cell Therapy: Efficacy, Treatment, Access. The program will take place at Cancer Wellness Center, 215 Revere Drive in Northbrook, Illinois.

Admission to the program is free and refreshments will be served. Online registration is available now at www.allbloodcancers.org/road-to-a-cure. Or to register by phone, call the LRF at 847.424.0600. This program made possible in part by the David Wortman Memorial Fund and Astellas.

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Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients
Conference on May 11

Register today for the Annual Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients Conference, scheduled for Saturday, May 11 at the Hyatt Regency in Lisle, Illinois. This is a free, educational conference on blood cancers and treatment options designed for patients and their families living with leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, or myelodysplastic syndromes. Attendees also will have the opportunity to participate in a question & answer session with the medical expert panel.

Further details can be found here, or call 847.424.0600.

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Until the Cure is Found

We so very much value and appreciate that many of you have chosen to include the Leukemia Research Foundation in your will.

By including the LRF in your estate plans, your legacy gift supports important work and may be the key to a cure by funding one of many breakthroughs in blood cancer treatment.

Your attorney or financial advisor can work with you to include the LRF in your estate plans. No matter which planned giving option you choose, you will be honored through recognition on our website, newsletters, and a special reception at the Annual Medical Awards Luncheon. If you would rather not receive public recognition, please let us know. Even if you wish for your support to remain anonymous, please inform us of your gift.  

For more information on how you can provide a legacy gift, please contact Cindy Kane by email at Cindy@LRFmail.org, call 847.424.0600, or see our brochure.



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Alden Avengers 

Companies Give Back

Many companies in Chicago are choosing to participate in the ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk to build employee morale and to give back. 

Chicago’s bswift is choosing the run as a team building experience for their employees. 

“Participating in wellness activities like the Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk has always been a core part of the bswift culture. Our employee engagement team, “bEngaged”, provides food and beverages for bswifters after the race and helps to build a sense of camaraderie around the event, says Patrick Mc Garrity, of bswift, a Chicago-based software company.

“Our Alden Avengers team, which includes over 50 employees, friends and families, are ready to run on June 13th to fight against leukemia and all blood cancers, which have taken many near and dear friends of mine personally,” said Randi Schlossberg Schullo, president of Alden Management Services in Chicago and captain of the 2019 Alden Avengers team.

The Leukemia Research Foundation makes it easy for corporate teams to register for the ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk and pay for all team members in one transaction.

  • Contact Arleen@LRFmail.org with company name, information and number of registrants.
  • The Leukemia Research Foundation will provide the team leader with a coupon code for registration, then bill the team captain for company for all the registered members.

The ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk is celebrating its 25th year as a landmark race in Chicago and is a major fundraiser for the Leukemia Research Foundation. It takes place on Thursday, June 13 at 6:25 p.m. in Chicago’s Grant Park. Its purpose is to support the mission of the Leukemia Research Foundation; dedicated to conquering all blood cancers by funding research into their causes and cures, and enriching the quality of life of those touched by these diseases.

More information and registration is available at www.Gibbons5K.com.


APRIL 27 & May 5
Phillip "Poppie" Gaston Chapter
Bowl for the Cure

May 9
Road to a Cure

May 11
Treatment Options
for Blood Cancer Patients Conference

May 19
Jessica Shayne Magid "Chai" Chapter

May 25
Phillip "Poppie" Gaston Chapter
The Best of Music Benefit Concert

June 2
Donald Davidson-Alan Brin
Memorial Chapter
Raffle for Research Drawing

June 13
Jim Gibbons Memorial Chapter
25th Annual
ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk

August 2 - 4
Kingfish Shootout
Carrabelle, Florida

August 9
Joey's Angels Chapter
18th Angels in the Fairway