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Phone: (412) ***-****  
Email: k***@***.edu
200 Lothrop Street Suite G300
Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 15213
United States

Company Description: A world-renowned health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of accountable, cost-effective, patient-centered care. It provides...   more

Employment History

  • Doctor
  • Professor of Surgery, Director of Research of the Division of Surgical Oncology
  • Professor of Bioengineering
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Professor of Surgery
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Proferssor of Immunology
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Director At Large
    Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC, former iSBTc)
  • Associate Professor of Surgery
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Member, Presented Laboratory Data In Support of the Clinical Use of Combinatorial Adjuvants
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • MD
  • PhD
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Board of Directors | Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC), 27 July 2014 [cached]
Pawel Kalinski, MD, PhD (2011-2014) University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
In a recent presentation at the ..., 14 Nov 2013 [cached]
In a recent presentation at the Cancer Vaccines and Gene Therapy Meeting in Malvern, Pa., Pawel Kalinski, M.D., Ph.D., professor of surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, presented laboratory data in support of the clinical use of "combinatorial adjuvants" that induce desirable patterns of tumor-associated inflammation and result in CTL infiltration into tumors. He also discussed preliminary data from a phase I/II trial led by Amer Zureikat, M.D., an assistant professor of surgery at Pitt, in which colorectal cancer patients were given escalating doses of interferon alpha (IFN-a) in combination with a COX2 blocker and Ampligen®, an experimental toll-like receptor-3 (TLR3) ligand, factors that synergistically enhance IFN-a's immunological effects in tumor microenvironments.
"The first part of the trial is not complete, but so far it appears that the treatment was well-tolerated," Dr. Kalinski said. "Our early observations are completely consistent with our preclinical predictions and hint that the combination therapy may be altering the tumor environment to make it more susceptible to immune attack. We are hopeful that the next, randomized part of the study will directly demonstrate the difference between the tumors of patients receiving standard treatment of chemotherapy and surgery and the patients receiving additional immunotherapy, which would lead us to expect a therapeutic benefit to this strategy."
Tumors are typically able to undermine the body's immune defenses, sending out cellular signals that call in regulatory T-cells to suppress the activity of natural killer cells, he explained. While there are many adjuvants available to enhance immune system response, most are nonselective and, therefore, ineffective. Preclinical experiments conducted by Dr. Kalinski's team indicate that the combination of IFN-a, a COX2 inhibitor and TLR3 ligands selectively brings the right kinds of immune cells to the tumor to produce what he calls "good inflammation. Such a treatment preferentially induces good inflammation within tumors, allowing the immune system to selectively attack cancer cells without inadvertently harming healthy tissues nearby.
In the second part of the study, which could begin at the beginning of next year, colorectal cancer patients will be randomly assigned to receive either conventional treatment with chemotherapy followed by surgical removal of the tumor, or to additionally receive two cycles of the IFN-a-based chemokine-modulatory regimen between chemo and surgery.
"After surgery, we will be able to compare the tumors from the two groups to see if there is a difference in their immunological microenvironment that could be beneficial," Dr. Kalinski said. "This adjuvant strategy might also work for many other kinds of cancers because it's not targeting specific tumor markers, but boosting the immune system's own ability to find cancer cells and destroy them."
He added that future efforts would aim to add a vaccine component based on dendritic cells, which recognize foreign proteins to stimulate an immune response against them.
tags: adjuvant agents, Amer Zureikat, cancer, cytotoxic T cells, immune responses, National Institutes of Health, Pawel Kalinski, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, UPCI, UPMC, UPMC CancerCenter
SITC: Board of Directors, 5 April 2012 [cached]
Pawel Kalinski, MD, PhD (2011-2014) University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Research Grant Recipients | Melanoma Research Foundation, 8 Nov 2014 [cached]
Principal Investigator: Pawel Kalinski - University of Pittsburgh
Pawel Kalinski, a professor ..., 22 Mar 2014 [cached]
Pawel Kalinski, a professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, sees the value in that. He has done cancer immunotherapy trials, some using a patients own (autologous) tumor cells, others using tumor cells from other donors. The donated cells dont always target the cancer effectively, but the patients own cells are always a match. When we are using autologous tumor cells, we know that we will be able to treat that patient, he said.
He said StoreMyTumor might help him treat patients who are no longer candidates for surgery, or who dont have easily identifiable tumor mass.
Maybe five or 10 years from now, most of the high-risk patients tumors will be banked, one way or another, he said.
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