See also our related blog for the Pediatric Preclinical Testing Initiative.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Rhabdomyosarcoma Pico-Course for the Community

We’ve been having some conversations with families touched by rhabdomyosarcoma and undifferentiated sarcoma… they have requested that instead of a 2014 Nanocourse with a rhabdomyosarcoma project, that we first have a very focused rhabdomyosarcoma “pico-course” this August.  The invited group will be very small, but this one-week lab & community leadership internship is meant to be impactful.  

We did something very similar for brainstem gliomas last year, which resulted in a peer-reviewed manuscript submission of a roadmap to curing that cancer.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Charles via keller (at)  

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Rhabdomyosarcoma and Running

We are grateful to Frank for including an entry on his blog about our rhabdomyosarcoma crowdfunding project.  Frank has an inspirational story and now shares his experiences and passion through his blog. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Congratulations, Ken!

Ken's paper on sclerosing rhabdomyosarcoma is accepted for publication.  This paper entitled, "MDM2 Amplification and PI3KCA mutation in a Case of Sclerosing Rhabdomyosarcoma" is now available online here.  Co-authors include Dr. Atiya Mansoor, an expert on sarcoma pathology.  We thank Jonathan Hart and Peter Vogt for key reagents for these studies.  We also thank the patient and his family who made this Legacy Gift possible.

Congratulations, Mumtaz!

Congratulations to collaborator Mumtaz Yaseen in the laboratory of Dr. Denis Guttridge whose exciting work on sarcoma biology has recently been accepted to Science Signaling.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Proof-of-concept rare cancers in drug development: the case for rhabdomyosarcoma

We hope you will enjoy this review and commentary as much as we do.  A lot of people in pharma, the community-at-large and scientific thought leaders helped to create this somewhat out of the box concept proposal.  With some additional community volunteers, I think we could really put this plan to action.  Sincerely, Charles
[ This review was made possible by a gift from the Ethan Jostad Foundation ].

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Congratulations, Stefano!

Congratulations to Stefano Biressi in the Rando laboratory at Stanford on a fabulous lineage study of muscle progenitors accepted by the journal, Developmental Biology.  This paper is entitled, "Myf5 expression during fetal myogenesis defines the developmental progenitors of adult satellite cells" and is available online here.  Co-authors from our lab include alumni member, Koichi Nishijo.   

Friday, May 3, 2013

Congratulations, Mat!

Lab member Mathew Geltzeiler has selected to receive this year’s American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) Saidee Keller Memorial Resident Research Grant.  We couldn't be more proud of Mat's accomplishment!