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Sylvia Chavez — Cooking Up a Storm!

Article from CityLink, February 1998, back page. Published by City of Hope National Medical Center, Office of Public and Government Affairs, 1500 East Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010 Sylvia Chavez — Cooking Up a Storm! Preparing meals for the many patients at City of Hope (COH), each with their unique dietary needs, is a big job. Not only is “mass” cooking a challenge, but the specific regulations to which a hospital and cancer center kitchen must adhere add to the complexity of this demanding duty. Sylvia Chavez, a member of the team that makes sure this task is done and done well, is in charge of preparing the hot food for patients. Click here to download and continue reading.

Maneuvering Around the Hairpins and Loops of DNA

Article from CityLink, February 1998, back page. Published by City of Hope National Medical Center, Office of Public and Government Affairs, 1500 East Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010 Maneuvering Around the Hairpins and Loops of DNA Scientists Reveal New Insight into Cancer Development An enzyme makes its way down a molecule of DNA (the master molecule that contains the genetic code and controls a cell’s activity), moving along the spiral staircase with ease. Then suddenly, it stops. There is a bulge in the DNA — the enzyme has encountered an abnormal structure called a “hairpin” or “loop.” How the enzyme maneuvers around this hairpin could have far-reaching implications for the cell, and ultimately for the person in which the cell resides. Click here to download and continue reading.

Projects Managed: CityLink, Nov. 1997 – July 1998

CityLink, City of Hope National Medical Center’s quarterly employee newsletter As editor of CityLink, I was in charge of managing the publications process, writing and acquiring content, working with designers and illustrators, and coordinating with vendors to make sure it was printed and delivered on time. I led the team that launched the publication and the first three issues won three awards. 1998 PCLA PRo Awards CityLink won Second Place for a Continuing Internal Publication of a Not-For-Profit Organization with a budget of $15,000 or greater. The Communicator Awards CityLink earned an “Award of Distinction” from The Communicator. The Fifteenth Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards CityLink was a Merit Winner for In-House Publications. Note: I also edited the July 1998 issue, but was gone before it came out and never was able to procure a sample copy. Top 5 Writing Samples from this Project Of “Monster” Genes and Sane Scientists Administrative

Supportive Programs and Services — Going Beyond Treatment

Part of a series of brochures about the various programs offered at City of Hope. City of Hope believes that when a person has cancer, it affects not only the patient, but his or her family and loved ones, as well. Therefore, since its founding in 1913, City of Hope has maintained a commitment to treating the whole person, not just the disease, by offering programs and services that go beyond what has traditionally been associated with hospital care. These efforts reflect the institution’s credo, There is no profit in curing the body, if the in the process you destroy the soul. These services also stand as testimony to City of Hope’s ongoing commitment to its “Thirteen Articles of Faith” formalize the ideology that is City of Hope’s foundation, an ideology that recognizes that illness not only affects a person’s physical well-being, but also his or her mental spiritual and

City of Hope – A Brief History

Created for City of Hope’s press kit, I researched and wrote the content, as well as managed the project. Mission Statement City of Hope, inspired and supported by a philanthropic volunteer movement, is dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases through innovative research and patient care. A Brief History City of Hope was founded in 1913 in Duarte, California, by a small group of working class men and women who believed in helping those less fortunate than themselves. From humble beginnings–two tents erected on 10 acres of desert 25 miles northeast of Los Angeles–City of Hope has expanded to encompass more than 100 peaceful, beautifully gardened acres. In this healing setting, approximately 250 physicians and scientists collaborate to discover, develop and implement innovative strategies for the prevention and treatment of cancer and other catastrophic diseases. City of Hope has historically combined significant philanthropy with

City of Hope Research Landmarks

Created for City of Hope’s press kit, I researched and wrote the content, as well as managed the project. Discovered First Molecular Evidence Linking Cigarette Smoke to Lunch Cancer Researchers at City of Hope’s Beckman Research Institute, in conjunction with researchers at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, found the first molecular evidence linking benzo(a)pyrene, a specific compound in cigarette smoke, to lung cancer. This evidence directly links a defined cigarette-smoke carcinogen and human cancer. Began First FDA-Approved Human Trials of Gene Therapy for HIV/AIDS A team headed by City of Hope researchers, in collaboration with Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Ribozyme Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Chiron Corporation, gained approval from the Food and Drug Administration for human trials of a gene therapy treatment for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The therapy uses bone marrow transplantation and ribozymes, “molecular scissors,” specially engineered to recognize and sever the molecular materials necessary

City of Hope Historical Highlights

Created for City of Hope’s press kit, I researched and wrote the content, as well as managed the project. 1913 – The Jewish Consumptive Relief Association (JCRA)–the precursor to City of Hope–buys 10 acres in Duarte, California, to establish a nonsectarian, free-care tuberculosis sanatorium. 1914 – Cornerstone for “City of Hope” laid. 1915 – First cottage erected to accommodate three patients. 1921 – First stucco structure built, named the “San Francisco building,” in honor of the distant friends who had paid for it. 1926 – Samual H. Golter named executive director of City of Hope. Grace Medical Library is built. The building now houses City of Hope’s Graphic Services Department. For the complete document, download full PDF.

Arthur D. Riggs, PhD, Coedits Monograph on Epigenetics

This article was published in the Monday, May 5, 1997 issue of F.Y.I., City of Hope’s weekly employee newsletter. Epigenetics, the study of heritable processes not directly dependent on DNA base sequences, is an emerging discipline of Biology. Arther D. Riggs, PhD, director, Department of Biology, has coedited a recently published monograph on this topic, titled Epigenetic Mechanisms of Gene Regulation (1997, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, $125). “Many heritable changes in gene function are not explained by changes in the DNA sequence,” say the publishers of the monograph… Download the full article here.

What’s in a Name?

This article was a special attachment to the the weekly employee newsletter, F.Y.I., at City of Hope National Medical Center. What’s in a Name? CRIIS Promotes Information Sharing City of Hope holds the distinction of being the first free-standing Cancer Center to be awarded an Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems (IAIMS) Planning Grant. “CRIIS”, which stands for Clinical and Research Integrated Information Systems, is the unique name chosen by City of Hope for its IAIMS program. IAIMS is a program sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to fund and promote the development of fully integrated computer systems in academic settings. CRIIS’S primary purpose will be to support the global vision of City of Hope as being patient-centered, research-driven, and business-oriented. Because the CRIIS program will continue to grow beyond IAIMS grant funding, it’s important for us to build the CRIIS name recognition. So, spread the word! Continue reading