31st Aug2014

Collaboration Between LLS and OHSU Shines Light to Treating Leukemia

by Oregon HOSA

Author: Evangeline Matley

We’re well on our way to finding a cure for Leukemia and Lymphoma. HOSA’s National Service Project partner , The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org) , initiated a groundbreaking collaboration with Oregon Health and Science University’s Knight Cancer Research Institute along with a handful of other top-tier medical institutions. Brian Druker, M.D., director of OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute and lead investigator of the collaboration, was featured at the AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) fundraising initiative and reception in New York City where he outlined his research proposal.

AML is devastating and sadly the most common acute leukemia among adults. This disease is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, the word “Acute” coming from its rapid progression. Less than 25% of the newly diagnosed live past 5 years, causing over 100,000 deaths every year. Surprisingly, the treatment methods have remained almost unchanged for over 30 years. Dr. Druker and his team of scientists, researchers, and doctors are more than ready to change that.

LLS has committed 8.2 million in research funding for this 3 year project ,”[the research] will involve 900 AML patients to create a profile of the molecular drivers of the disease.  As the information is gathered, researchers from four medical institutions will simultaneously test the response of patients’ leukemia cells to different targeted therapies and novel combination”. The idea of this is to provide a rapid analysis on individual genes and mutations based on an extensive set of data. The goal, however, is to put this research into use immediately using new treatments that target the patients’ leukemia more precisely.

“I believe in hope, in Dr. Druker and in LLS.” quoted Michael Copley, volunteer chair of the Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation – Beat AML campaign. Copley is among the hundreds of thousands who’ve had their life turned around by AML, losing his daughter to the disease at only 3 years old. Druker’s astounding research in the past (with significant support from LLS) has already revolutionized the treatment Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML).

LLS, OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute, Brian Druker’s team, and the incredible set of researchers, bio technicians, and scientists are already hard at work .This collaboration may not only pave the way to treating AML but open new doors to understanding all forms of leukemia and other cancers in hopes that one day, we will find a cure to cancer.

 

Source: http://community.lls.org/blog/1/entry-358-beat-aml-initiative-begins/

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19th Aug2014

Chapter Grant Funding Available Now

by Oregon HOSA

The Oregon CTE Student Leadership Foundation supports Career and Technical Student Organizations, like HOSA, through the Chapter Grant program.  The purpose of this grant-in-aid is to provide funds to help Oregon’s school districts support Career Technical Student Organizations that have been chartered with the Oregon Department of Education.

Deadline: September 30, 2014

Click Here to Download Information and Application

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19th Aug2014

Advisor Conference – Register today!

by Oregon HOSA

Don’t miss out on this exciting one-day advisor conference with training and content specifically for advisors!  Speakers and presenters will help you make the most of your HOSA program, tips on integrating HOSA into the classroom, HOSA competitive events, best practice and idea sharing, and much more.

NEW! An important element of the advisor conference will be information and instruction on how to access NEW GRANT DOLLARS for your chapter.

Oregon CTSO Advisor Conference
Date: Friday, September 19, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Hilton DoubleTree (Portland)

Registration is complimentary.  This event is made possible by Oregon HOSA, the Oregon Department of Education, and the Oregon CTE Student Leadership Foundation.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD EVENT FACT SHEET

Questions? Please contact Danielle Tolentino Tuason at stateadvisor@oregonhosa.org.

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