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Dr. Andrew Arnold receives the Boy Frame Award at the 2017 ASBMR Annual Meeting

The 2017 Boy Frame Award for Excellence in Clinical Research was presented to Dr. Andrew Arnold at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research in Denver, CO.  This annual award honors the memory of Dr. Frame, a renowned international expert in bone diseases, and the recipient also gives a featured lecture at the ASBMR national meeting. Dr. Arnold, Murray-Heilig Chair in Molecular Medicine and Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, CT, was recognized for his groundbreaking research on diseases of the parathyroid glands. Dr Arnold’s lecture was entitled “Uncovering a Parathyroid Tumor Gene” and focused on his group’s discovery of cyclin D1, a molecular driver of parathyroid and other tumors including breast cancer, lymphoma, and myeloma.

Jessica Costa was selected to give an oral presentation; her talk was entitled “Influence of Vitamin D Insufficiency/Deficiency on Cyclin D1-Induced Parathyroid Tumorigenesis”

Members of the Center for Molecular Medicine recently attended the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in Orlando, Fl. Jessica Costa was selected to give an oral presentation; her talk was entitled “Influence of Vitamin D Insufficiency/Deficiency on Cyclin D1-Induced Parathyroid Tumorigenesis”. Kelly Brewer (Arnold lab) presented a poster entitled “Mutational and Copy Number Analysis of Candidate Tumor Suppressor Gene FBXO4 in Sporadic Parathyroid Adenoma” and Aaliyah Riccardi (Arnold lab) presented a poster entitled “PIK3CA Mutational Analysis of Parathyroid Adenomas”.

Dr. Arnold, Dr. Costa and students attend the annual ENDO conference
Dr. Arnold, Dr. Costa, and students attend the annual ENDO conference.

Anne Delany, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, has been elected to membership in the Association of Osteobiology

Anne Delany, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, has been elected to membership in the Association of Osteobiology. The Association was founded by Dr. Louis Avioli over 20 years ago with the goals of advancing scientific knowledge related to bone biology by fostering academic exchange between leaders in the bone field in United States and other counties. Membership in this prestigious group is very limited and is by election only. Dr. Delany will be inducted at the Association’s annual dinner meeting to be held in Seattle, WA in mid-October.

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Andrew Arnold MD,  has been elected to the 2018 inaugural class of Fellows of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), the leading professional organization in its field. They were inducted at the recent Annual Meeting of the ASBMR in Montreal, Canada.Dr. Arnold, Murray-Heilig Chair in Molecular Medicine, Professor of Medicine and Genetics & Genome Sciences, is a leader in the field of endocrine tumors and an authority on disorders of the parathyroid glands. He has received numerous prestigious awards including the Louis Avioli Founders Award of the ASBMR, the Gerald Aurbach Award of the Endocrine Society, and the International Medal of the British Endocrine Society.

Andrew Arnold, M.D., has been selected as a Fellow of The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.The Fellow of the ASBMR program serves to recognize long-term ASBMR members who have made outstanding contributions to the field of bone and mineral science. The following are a few details and deadlines related to your designation.

Hank Hrdlicka, has received the Lawrence G. Raisz Award at the Graduate Student Research Day. Hank has been known in the Center for Molecular Oncology for his outstanding work and it is gratifying to see this recognized throughout the institution.  Congratulation as well to your superb mentor and Thesis advisor Dr. Anne Delany. 

Andrew Arnold, M.D., Murry-Heilig Chair in Molecular Medicine and Professor of Medicine & Genetics received the 2017 Boy grace Award for Excellence in Clinal Research at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research in Denver, CO.  This annual award honors the memory of Dr. Frame, a renowned international expert in bone diseases, and the recipient also gives a featured lecture at the ASBMR national meeting. Dr. Arnold, Murray-Heilig Chair in Molecular Medicine and Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, CT, was recognized for his groundbreaking research on diseases of the parathyroid glands. Dr Arnold’s lecture was entitled “Uncovering a Parathyroid Tumor Gene” and focused on his group’s discovery of cyclin D1, a molecular driver of parathyroid and other tumors including breast cancer, lymphoma, and myeloma.

Andrew Arnold, M.D.,Murray-Heilig Chair in Molecular Medicine and Professor of Medicine & Genetics recently contributed to 3 chapters, on Parathyroid Carcinoma, Parathyroid Adenoma, and the Hyperparathyroidism-Jaw Tumour Syndrome in the WHO Classification of Tumours of Endocrine Organs, 4th Edition, Lyon 2017. This new volume on endocrine gland tumors has been released by the World Health Organization in their authoritative “Classification of Tumours” reference book series. This comprehensive project, last accomplished in 2004, was prepared by 166 leading authorities from 25 countries and serves as a unifying standard throughout the world. Dr. Arnold was UConn’s sole contributor to this volume, and one of only two from Connecticut. The WHO volume provides an international standard for oncologists and pathologists and is widely viewed as an indispensable guide in the design of studies evaluating response to therapy and clinical outcome.

Kelly Brewer, grad student in the Arnold Lab was privileged to attend the Jackson Laboratory 26th Annual Short Course on Experimental Models of Human Cancer in Bar Harbor, ME. The course included lectures and workshops given by over 40 experts on the cutting edge of cancer research. It was an amazing experience to be coached by Nature editors, get hands-on practice with xenotransplantation techniques, and to talk to oncologists and cancer survivors about the very real implications of our research. Exchanging ideas with forward-thinking scientists from around the world during this course in the beautiful setting of Bar Harbor and within the cooperative and creative atmosphere at Jax might be a once-in-a-lifetime experience; however, it is my goal to bring the aspects of collaboration, innovation, and dedication from this course into my daily research throughout many years to come.

Jessica Costa, D.M.D., has been selected to give an oral presentation at the 2017  Endocrine Society Annual Meeting. ENDO poster presentation

Cindy Alander, has been selected to receive the ” Excellence in Mentoring” award at the 4th annual STEMposium.  a hearty congratulations and thank you for your support to aspiring researchers.

Anne Delany, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, has been awarded the New R01 award “Role of miR29 in osteoclastogenesis,” a multiple-PI grant along with Kyeong Lee, Ph.D., UConn Center on Aging.

Spencer Smith, Ph.D. Student – Hearty congratulations on receiving a Young Investigators Travel Award to attend the upcoming ASBMR national meeting in Seattle and also on being one of only 5 recipients worldwide of Young Investigators Award to attend the Ph.D. Training Course of the European Calcified Tissue Society being held in Sienna Italy in September! Two outstanding awards and accomplishments!

Matthew Hanley, Ph.D student – wins scholar in training award 

David A. Drew, a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Daniel W. Rosenberg’s laboratory in the Center for Molecular Medicine, UConn Health, has been selected as an American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)-GlaxoSmithKline Outstanding Clinical Scholar. The award recognizes “promising young cancer researchers who are the authors of outstanding proffered papers related to clinical research”. These Scholar-in-Training Awards are presented annually to outstanding young researchers based on the novelty, quality, and significance of their first-author abstracts submitted for the AACR Annual Meeting. As an Outstanding Clinical Scholar, David will receive financial support from GlaxoSmithKline to present his work at the AACR Annual Meeting held April 5-9, 2014 in San Diego, CA. His abstract entitled “Proximal human aberrant crypt foci as surrogate markers of colorectal cancer risk” was selected from over 2,000 applicants for this highly competitive award. David’s achievement will be honored at the AACR Scholar-in-Training Awards Reception at the Annual Meeting.

Andrew Arnold, M.D., chosen to present at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. Arnold chosen to present prestigious lecture

Andrew Arnold, M.D.,  Elected AAAS fellow

Christopher Heinen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, was featured in the Hartford Courant article, “UConn Researcher Part of International Effort to Better Assess Colon Cancer Risk“.

Christopher Heinen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, was awarded a $750,000 CT Stem Cell Grant-2013.

Daniel W. Rosenberg, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, was awarded a grant through the AICR Matching Grant Program by the California Walnut Commission and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).

Marc Hansen, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, was awarded a Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program Grant on Paget’s disease of Bone.

Christopher Heinen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, is an award recipient of the 2013 CICATS Pilot Study. Eight applications were funded from over 50 applications.

David Drew, Ph.D. student, Genetics and Developmental Biology (PI: Daniel W. Rosenberg, Ph.D.). Mr. Drew was chosen by the Graduate Programs Committee as the recipient of the 2014 Lepow Award. The Lepow Award was established in 1986 in honor of Dr. Irwin H. Lepow, a well-known faculty member, researcher and founding father of the UConn Health Center. This award is given to support the outstanding fourth-year graduate Ph.D. student in the Biomedical Sciences Program.

Spenser Smith, Ph.D. student, Skeletal, Craniofacial and Oral Biology (PI: Anne Delany, Ph.D.) was a poster award winner for his poster “Alternative Splicing, Polyadenlyation, and microRNAs Targeting Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 in Osteoblasts.” – Graduate Student Research Day, June 2013.

Tiziana Franceschetti, Ph.D. student, Skeletal, Craniofacial and Oral Biology (PI: Anne Delany, Ph.D.) was a recipient of Lawrence G. Raisz Award for Excellence in Musculoskeletal Research.

Tiziana Franceschetti, Ph.D. student, Skeletal, Craniofacial and Oral Biology (PI: Anne Delany, Ph.D.) was a recipient of Award for Best Oral Presentation, 30th Annual Graduate Student Research Day.

Daniel W. Rosenberg, Ph.D., was awarded a Connecticut Department of Public Health grant to study the Impact of Smoking on Right Sided Colon Cancer.

Marc Hansen, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, was awarded a Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program Grant on Paget’s disease.

Daniel W. Rosenberg, Ph.D., is the recipient of the first grant program awards from the Diet and Health Institute (DHI), UConn, Storrs, CT.

Daniel W. Rosenberg, Ph.D., was elected a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE).

Jessica Costa, D.M.D., Ph.D. (Arnold Lab), was awarded an NIH grant “Modeling of Hyperparathyroidism-Jaw Tumor Syndrome by Target Deletion Hrpt2.”

Jessica Costa, D.M.D., Ph.D. (Arnold Lab), was named winner of a highly coveted President’s Poster Competition Award at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bone & Mineral Research in Toronto, for her presentation “Germline and Somatic Mutations of CDKN1B, encoding p27kip1, in Sporadic Parathyroid Adenomas.”

Jessica Grondin-Hollenbach (Heinen Lab), selected to receive an AACR Scholar-in-Training Award sponsored by AFLAC in the amount of $1,000 to support her attendance at the AACR Special Conference on Colorectal Cancer: Biology to Therapy, held October 27-30, 2010 in Philadelphia, PA. She was chosen for this honor because her abstract was highly rated by the Scientific Review Committee.

Krishna Kadaveru (Rosenberg Lab), won 3rd prize ($250) at the Northeast Society of Toxicology Conference for his poster presentation on the role of folate depletion in cancer suppression. His work was funded by a generous gift from a cancer donor. The poster cited both Molecular Medicine as well as the Neag Cancer Center. There were 37 posters this year and the competition was intense.