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    • On May 17, 2011, Dr Jennifer Tseng was honored to give the Faculty Address at the 1st Annual Cancer Biology Training Program Retreat at the Hoagland-Pincus Conference Center in Shrewsbury.
    • Mr. Edward Arous, a UMass Medical student working with SOAR, has been awarded a 2010 Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship to continue his work with SOAR in the 2010-2011 school year. This will give him $5000 in support plus up to $1000 for travel to a national meeting.
    • The Society of Surgical Oncology selected Surgery Resident Jillian Smith’s entry, Adjuvant Therapy for Resectable Pancreatic Cancer: A Simple Prediction Rule, as the “Best Poster” submitted to the SSO’s Resident/Fellow Essay Contest at the  63rd Annual Cancer Symposium in St. Louis, MO.


    • Jillian Smith, UMass Surgical Resident, had her abstract "Potential Benefit of Resection for Stage IV Gastric Cancer" judged to be one of the top 23 submitted abstracts for the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract meeting in New Orleans, May 2010. She will present both at the Plenary Session and compete at the Resident and Fellows Conference. Melissa Murphy, UMass Surgical Resident, won the top prize for her Short Oral talk in 2009.


    • Shimul Shah, Assistant Professor of Surgery and SOAR researcher, was featured by in a wire story from ABC news/Reuters regarding acute pancreatitis and outcomes (ABC News).


    • Congratulations to Andreea Bodnari, a SOAR collaborator and a senior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, for receiving an Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers Finalist Award from the Computing Research Association. She was selected from all undergraduate students in North American universities and recognized for her outstanding research potential in an area of computing research.


    • Congratulations to Zheng (Frank) Zhou, MD, internal medicine resident, who received the first place award in the resident research poster competition at the American College of Physician's Massachusetts Medical Society Annual Meeting recently. His presentation, “Anti-VEGF and Anti-EGFR Monoclonal Antibodies in the First-line Therapy for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer - A Meta-analysis,” is coauthored by oncologists Drs. William Walsh, Venu Bathini and Bilal Piperdi. Dr. Zhou will compete at the national level at the American College of Physician's Internal Medicine Conference in Toronto in April.
    • Dr. Jessica Simons, UMass resident, received 2nd place at the New England Surgical Society Resident Essay Competition, on September 12, 2009, for "Surgery and Radiation Therapy for Abdominal and Retroperitoneal Sarcoma: Both Necessary and Sufficient?"


    • Melissa Murphy, UMass surgery resident, won the Resident and Fellows Award at the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Chicago, June 1st 2009 for her project "Major complications after laparoscopic cholecystectomy-a simple risk score".


    • Thanks to efforts by Laura Lambert, MD, our newest surgical oncologist, Governor Patrick declared the last day of February as Rare Disease Day in Massachusetts. The proclamation calls attention to the public health issues associated with rare diseases. According to the National Institutes of Health, there are nearly 7,000 such diseases affecting nearly 30 million Americans. Dr. Lambert notes she will now work toward permanently establishing February 28 as Rare Disease Day in Massachusetts.


    • Jillian Smith, et al have received quick and positive attention for their recent outcomes research investigating in-hospital mortality associated with cancer-related gastric resections (see Archives of Surgery - It has been cited in Journal Watch Oncology and Hematology May 21, 2007 (see Journal Watch  - 


    • James McPhee received favorable coverage in the American College of Surgeon's General Surgery News for his report at the ASCO GI Cancer Symposium that perioperative mortality after pancreatectomy for neoplasm is declining in the United States (General Surgery News, March 2006, page 8).


    • The Pancreatic Cancer Alliance hosted a Big Band Blast at Foothills Theatre.  In attendance were multiple members of the SOAR team.  Coverage of the event was provided by Worcester Living Magazine.


    • Dr. Tseng is named the first Research Scholar in Digestive tract tumors, an honor supported through the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance.  Read the article in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette.


  • Dr. Tseng wins $150,000 for research in pancreatic cancer from the Howard-Hughes Institute.   Read the article in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette.
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