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Did you miss #GivingTuesday?
You can still support CRAB!

This week, CRAB proudly participated in the movement of generosity that is #GivingTuesday, supporting our favorite causes and charities through online giving and social media collaboration. Support for these charities, and for CRAB, is still needed, and you can still help!

CRAB is focused on people, people you may know in local, national, and global communities - people with underfunded and under-researched cancers, the ones we can’t yet cure, such as myeloma, pancreatic and lung cancers. Together, we can help these people. CRAB helps bring new choices to patients - one of these could be the one that makes a difference. With your contributions, we can build upon CRAB’s successes to provide more treatment options to even more cancer patients, sooner.

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CRAB Executive Attends State Governor’s Life Sciences Summit

SEATTLE, October 28, 2016 – Tammy Buist, VP and Chief Business Development Officer, represented Cancer Research And Biostatistics (CRAB) at a Life Science Washington event, the 12th Annual Governor’s Life Sciences Summit & Annual Meeting. Ms. Buist stated that this was “an exciting event with great attendance showing a commitment to the Life Sciences sector in Washington State”.

The summit was sponsored by a host of life science organizations from across Washington, and featured presentations on life science industry trends, a talk and question-and-answer session with Governor Jay Inslee, and a panel discussion with state legislators on how Washington might help local life sciences companies flourish and innovate. The history and future of drug development and cancer care was discussed, with cell-based therapies and immunotherapy highlighted as a positive and profound shift in cancer therapy.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee speaking at the 2016 Governor’s Life Sciences Summit. (GeekWire Photo / Clare McGrane)

Washington Governor Jay Inslee speaking at the 2016 Governor’s Life Sciences Summit. (GeekWire Photo / Clare McGrane)

CRAB CEO a Panelist in Remote Collaboration Discussion

CRAB partnership with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) was represented at a panel discussion on remote-collaboration this summer. CRAB President and CEO, Antje Hoering, PhD, served as a panelist for an invited talk titled “Extraordinary Power of Remote Collaboration and Team Science.” The event was the Joint Statistical Meeting (JSM) in Chicago, held in August.

Topics of the discussion included critical factors of successful collaboration (building trust, shared vision and recognition, conflict resolution) and exploration of what makes remote, multi-disciplined scientific research teams healthy and productive. Antje Hoering from CRAB, and Motomo Mori, director of the Biostatistics Shared Resource at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, were selected as panelists due to their success in remote-team collaboration; they helped describe how statisticians can be effective leaders and facilitators for such teams.


CRAB CEO a Panelist in Blood Cancer Clinical Trials Discussion

Innovation in medicine and addressing unmet medical needs in the face of life-threatening illnesses were elements of a public meeting that CRAB attended this year. CRAB President and CEO, Antje Hoering, PhD, served as a panelist in the discussion titled “Minimal Residual Disease as a Surrogate Endpoint in Hematologic Cancer Trials.” The day-long meeting was held in Washington, DC in September. The chief topic was the use of minimal residual disease (MRD) as a surrogate endpoint in clinical trials for blood cancers.​

The discussion covered the regulatory background, statistical basis and evidence to support the use of MRD as a surrogate endpoint in clinical trials for new treatments of acute myeloid leukemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and multiple myeloma. Dr. Hoering spoke as a statistician on the myeloma panel at the event.

CRAB Strode with PurpleStride Puget Sound 2016

On Sunday, October 30, 2016, employees, colleagues, family and friends of Cancer Research And Biostatistics (CRAB) united for the fourth consecutive year to support awareness and research for pancreatic cancer. CRABCares, the CRAB public-outreach committee, participated in the 2016 PurpleStride Puget Sound event at Magnuson Park in Seattle. CRAB staff, along with friends and family members, showed support for the larger Seattle community of survivors, researchers and awareness activists as they strode in this 5K fun-run/walk, to share stories, smiles and conversation.​

Each year, in communities across the US, tens of thousands of people participate in more than 56 PurpleStride events. These events are critical in raising awareness and funds that advance research and support patients and loved ones with a promise of a better tomorrow. One of CRAB's key research partnerships, the Pancreatic Cancer Research Team (PCRT), has member-sites across the US that participate in PurpleStride events throughout each year.

John Crowley, co-Founder and Chief of Strategic Alliances at CRAB, pledged to support PurpleStride Puget Sound this year: "CRAB is proud to stride with PanCAN in support of our shared mission to help conquer pancreatic cancer. This effort is very important to me, personally and professionally. Therefore, I have pledged to match every dollar raised by the CRABCares team for PanCAN through this event with a dollar to CRAB in support of the PCRT."