2018 Grant Recipient – Dr. Tatiana Omelchenko
LMSdr is excited to announce a new 2018 research grant recipient, Tatiana Omelchenko PhD from Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Dr. Omelchenko’s two-year project, “Identification of a novel treatment strategy for uterine leiomyosarcoma in genotype defined patient population,” will generate a genetically engineered mouse model based on genetic alterations found in uLMS patients and to model uLMS tumor growth inhibition.
The $74,000 grant money for this specific project was raised and gifted by Kelly Kimball and Janine DiTullio (Executive Director.)
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$1 MILLION INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIVE PROJECT TO START
8/8/16 The Liddy Shriver Initiative visualized and coordinated a comprehensive LMS study by Drs. Fletcher, van de Rijn, Chibon, Bauer and Langenau. This study is funded by the Liddy Shriver Initiative ($250,000), LMSarcoma Direct Research Foundation ($125,000,) National LMS Foundation ($125,000) and from the researchers’ own resources ($500,000.) They plan to sequence the whole genome of 200 LMS tumors, investigate the PI3K-AKT-mTOR pathway and test new therapies with cell lines, mice and zebra fish. The ultimate goal is to test these in clinical trials. Details of the study
Phase II Tivozanib Results
Out of 48 heavily pretreated soft tissue sarcoma participants, 27 had LMS. Here are the responses of the 27 LMS patients at 16 weeks:
- 1 had partial response;
- 14 had stable disease
- 12 had progressive disease
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Olaratumab + Doxorubicin Extends Survival
10/19/2016 The FDA has approved olaratumab (Lartruvo) for soft-tissue sarcoma when used with doxorubicin (Adriamycin) as first-line treatment. This is the first “first-line” treatment approved for sarcoma in 40 years.
LMS Blood Drive Update
The LMS blood drive has been a success; over 167 samples have been collected for the circulating DNA research project. The project is spearheaded by Dr. Kristen Ganjoo and Dr. Matt van de Rijn of Stanford University, whose objective is to identify whether a treatment is working or not by looking for tumor DNA in the patient’s blood. This could potentially help patients long before they get their next CT scan. The second goal of the project is to determine if a uterine fibroid is a leiomyosarcoma tumor. Thank you, to all LMS blood donors!
Biomarker Trabectedin Response
Dr. Suzanne George (Dana Farber) and Dr. Matt van de Rijn (Stanford) are trying to identify a biomarker which will predict who will respond to Trabectedin (yondellis.)
LMS BOOT CAMP WEBINARS!
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We are thrilled to announce that Vicki Strong has joined our board as Secretary. Vicki has much experience working with nonprofits. She has moderated our Facebook Group for 3 years and is an LMS survivor since 2010!
Nicole Bachtell Courage Award
Nicole Bachtell was honored at work with a 2017 Courage Award of $2,500 for the charity of her choice. We are grateful to Nicole for sharing this honorable gift with LMSdr!
Women’s Softball Tournament for LMS
On the weekend of October 20th-22nd the Bay Area Showcase (BAS) dedicated their women’s softball tournament to raising money for LMS in honor of Dr. Theresa Perales at the Twin Creeks Sport Arena in Sunnyvale, California. She was very athletic and loved the game of softball.
LMS survivors Sarah Robinson, Theresa Buchholz and Sharon Anderson volunteered all weekend to alongside Theresa’s family. Thank you Bob Perales for organizing this wonderful event!
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The LMS Facebook Group raised $10,465 in February for the Show Your Love Campaign!
Lemonade Stand for LMS
These children raised and donated $100 in honor of their grandmother, Bernadette Hollis.
RARE Foundation Alliance
LMSdr is now a member of the RARE Foundation Alliance and attended the RARE Patient Advocacy Summit September 22-23, 2016.
High School Fundraiser
Student Billy Woltz and his band raised $4,453.00 with a benefit concert in honor of their Logan High School teacher Kelley Schaefer Hoellrich in Ohio. Congrats to an awesome group of teens!
LMSdr has been a supporter of the Congress’s 21st Century Cures Initiative and its companion legislation in the Senate. H.R.5052, known as the OPEN ACT, is a bipartisan legislation that could double the number of treatments available to rare disease patients, has not yet been passed by Congress. We are urging advocates to contact their representatives in the House and the Senate to ask that they step-up for rare disease patients and co-sponsor the OPEN ACT.
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