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TWiPO #76 - Rebecca Johnson & Becca Jacobsen discuss Adolescent/Young adult psycho-social support programs

June 21st, 2019

Guest host Dr. Ryan Roberts welcomes Rebecca Johnson and Becca Jacobsen to a conversation about the benefits and contributions of AYA (Adolescent/Young Adult) psycho-social support programs which serve the needs and challenges within this demographic of cancer patients and survivors.

TWiPO #75 - Interview with Dr. Robert Wechsler-Reya

March 6th, 2019

Host, Dr. Timothy Cripe from Nationwide Children's Hospital, along with co-host - Dr. Nilay Shah, are joined by Dr. Robert Wechsler-Reya from Sanford Burnham Prebys in San Diego, CA. They discuss Dr. Wechsler-Reya's work including the process, benefits, and limitations of tumor models in mice, as well as research behind the humanized mouse model. They also discuss immune evasion - how one tumor type can grow in the presence of an immune system, while another one cannot. Listen in to learn more.

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TWiPO #74 - Interview with Abby Rosenberg

March 6th, 2019

TWIPO Host Tim Cripe, alongside co-hosts Ryan Roberts and Lisa Humphrey, engage in an insightful conversation with guest Abby Rosenberg, Director, Palliative Care and Resilience Research at Seattle Children's Research Institute.

Rosenberg, with Seattle Children’s colleague, Yi-Frazier, developed a promising systematic intervention program called PRISM (Promoting Resilience in Stress Management) for teens and young adults to better equip them with skills to manage their stress after a cancer diagnosis. PRISM has undergone pilot/feasibility studies and has received NIH funding for further study. Listen in to learn more.

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TWiPO #73 - Dr. Peter Adamson comes back to talk about progress, the drug shortage, families’ impact, and so much more

March 2nd, 2018

Host, Dr. Timothy Cripe from Nationwide Children's Hospital, along with his co-hosts - Dr. Ryan Roberts, Dr. Nilay Shah, Dr. Keri Streby, and Dr. Mark Ranalli, interview Dr. Peter Adamson from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Adamson was previously interviewed back in 2011, in Podcast #9, and they discuss the progress that has been made since then. Dr. Adamson goes on to talk about private-public partnerships, families' impact on the field, the drug shortage problem, and much more. Tune in to this podcast to learn more about all of these interesting topics.

TWiPO #72 - Dr. Eugene Hwang discusses his work with immunotherapy and pseudo-progression

February 1st, 2018

Hosts, Dr. Timothy Cripe, Dr. Keri Steby, Dr. Ryan Roberts, and Dr. Jonathan Finlay from Nationwide Children's Hospital are joined by Dr. Eugene Hwang, who is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington D.C. Dr. Hwang discusses his work with immunotherapy and pseudo-progression, as well as explains the basics of a solid tumor clinical trial he created in conjunction with Dr. Catherine Bollard. Listen in to learn more.

TWiPO #71 - Interview with Nancy Goodman, Founder and Executive Director of Kids v. Cancer

December 21st, 2017

Host, Dr. Timothy Cripe, from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio had the honor of interviewing Nancy Goodman, Founder and Executive Director of Kids v. Cancer in Washington DC.

TWiPO #70 - Dr. Joshua Rubin talks about his research done on gender differences to cancer

December 15th, 2017

Dr. Joshua Rubin, from Washington University, discusses his research done of gender differences to cancer that go beyond hormonal differences

TWiPO #69 - Dr. Peter Shields talks about the effects of e-cigarettes

November 29th, 2017

Dr. Shields discusses his research on cigarettes and the effects of e-cigarettes among its users, the youth, and the economy.

TWiPO #68 - Dr. Dean Lee discusses his experience with T-cell CARs

November 15th, 2017

Host Dr. Timothy Cripe and Dr. Nilay Shah, from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, is joined by Dr. Dean Lee to discuss their experience with T-cell CARs (Chimeric Antigen Receptors).

TWiPO #67 - Interview with Dr. Mitchell Cairo

November 15th, 2017

Hosts Dr. Nilay Shah, Dr. Ryan Roberts, and Dr. Keri Streby from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, sit down with Dr. Mitchell Cairo to discuss his experiences within the pediatric cancer research sector.

TWIPO #66 - Interview with Dr. Rani George

October 2nd, 2017

Host Dr. Ryan Roberts, from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, is joined by Dr. Rani George to discuss her experience with studying neuroblastoma and how she got involved in the field of oncology. George discusses her thoughts on what is needed to progress pediatric cancer research - including relapse biopsies, understanding the biology, and, of course, funding. As Dr. Roberts says, what we need is, "...more time, more patience, and more funding."  Please send questions and comments to 

TWiPO #65 - Interview with Dr. Brenda Weigel

October 2nd, 2017

In this podcast, co-Hosts Dr. Robyn Dennis and Dr. Ryan Roberts had the honor of interviewing Dr. Brenda Weigel, Director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Weigel discusses her “serendipitous” background story of how she became involved in childhood oncology, as well as talks about the challenges the field faces with managing new cancer therapies. But, despite the challenges, she is hopeful that we are moving away from chemotherapy treatments into an era of cancer therapies that “hopefully, has the potential to cure the cancers and improve the quality of life”. 

TWiPO #64 - Interview with Dr. Lars Wagner

July 17th, 2017

It’s an exciting time to be part of the childhood cancer research community, and this interview was focused on career advice for those interested in childhood oncology and research. The availability of genomic profiling of tumors, targeted agents and the development of new immunotherapies are increasing the opportunities available to patients today. This lively discussion addresses the importance of preclinical data, predictive biomarker studies and the measurement of responses, with specific references to Dr. Wagner’s experience with studying irinotecan.   Dr. Wagner also answered questions about radiomics and how this imaging trend can provide more insights for enhanced radiology reporting.

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TWiPO #63 - Dr. Javier Blanco discusses chemotherapy late effects and cardio-toxicity

July 17th, 2017

Co-Hosts Dr. Timothy Cripe and Dr. Randal Olshefski (Nationwide Children's Hospital), interview Dr. Javier Blanco, Associate Professor at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at SUNY Buffalo, about the late effects of chemotherapy.  In this podcast, the participants discuss the role that chemotherapy, such as doxorubicin and other anthracycline drugs, often play in increasing cardio-toxicity.

TWiPO #62 - Interview with Dr. Uri Tabori

May 25th, 2017

TWiPO hosts and cohosts interview Dr. Uri Tabori about the challenges that are unique to pediatric brain tumors, and how preventative treatment and early diagnosis can be largely beneficial.  

TWIPO #61 - Interview with Dr. Matthew Breen

May 25th, 2017

TWIPO hosts and cohosts interview Dr. Matthew Breen, NC State Veterinary Medicine, to explore the question "Can dogs teach us new tricks when it comes to cancer treatment?"

TWIPO #60 - Interview with Dr. Josua Mendell

May 25th, 2017

TWIPO hosts and cohosts interview Dr. Joshua Mendell, UT Southwestern Medical Center, who shares his knowledge with regard to the relationship between innate RNA biology and how it influences human disease.  

TWiPo #59 ~ Interview with Dr. Sajid Qureshi

October 17th, 2016

Host Dr. Timothy Cripe and co-Host Nilay Shah interview Dr. Sajid Qureshi, a professor of Pediatric Oncology at the Tata Memorial Center, Mumbai, India. Dr. Qureshi is an Executive Committee Member of the International Society of Pediatric Surgical Oncology (IPSO). In this episode Dr. Qureshi provides a fascinating, first-hand glimpse into the successes and challenges of delivering quality care to larger, as well as remote, pediatric cancer populations. The episode concludes with Dr. Qureshi's thoughts on how international research collaboration could provide access to relapsed children worldwide.

TWiPO #58 ~ Interview with Dr. Damon Reed

October 17th, 2016

TWiPO Host Dr. Timothy Cripe, with co-hosts Dr. Nilay Shah and Dr. Bhuvana Setty welcome Dr. Damon Reed, Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Program at Moffitt Cancer Center and Leader of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation's pediatric phase I consortium, the Sunshine Project. Dr. Reed shares his view points on how we can improve and accelerate the current trajectory with regard to pediatric therapy development. 

TWIPO # 57 Interview with Dr. Elizabeth Lawlor

October 6th, 2016

TWIPO hosts Dr. Timothy Cripe and Dr. Nilay Shah (Nationwide Children's Hospital) along with guest host Dr. Ryan Roberts (Nationwide Children's Hospital), interview Dr. Elizabeth Lawlor who is a Professor of Pediatric Oncology at University of Michigan and the Director of the Cancer Biology Training Program at University of Michigan Health System. Dr. Lawlor, a Ewing Sarcoma specialist, discusses new approaches to the cellular eco-system of tumors and provides commentary on the growing landscape for women in science.