Diane F. Hale

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BACKGROUND Prone positioning (PP) improves oxygenation and may provide a benefit in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). This approach adds significant challenges to patients in intensive care by limiting access to the endotracheal or tracheostomy tube and vascular access. PP also significantly complicates burn care by making skin(More)
BACKGROUND AE37 is the Ii-Key hybrid of the MHC class II peptide, AE36 (HER2 aa:776-790). Phase I studies showed AE37 administered with granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) to be safe and highly immunogenic. A prospective, randomized, multicenter phase II adjuvant trial was conducted to evaluate the vaccine's efficacy. METHODS(More)
Stage IV melanoma has high mortality, largely unaffected by traditional therapies. Immunotherapy including cytokine therapies and checkpoint inhibitors improves outcomes, but has significant toxicities. In this phase I/IIa trial, we investigated safety and efficacy of a dendritoma vaccine, an active, specific immunotherapy, in stage IV melanoma patients.(More)
There is enthusiasm for using vaccines to stimulate the immune system to treat cancer. In this article, the authors review the evolution of vaccines evaluated in clinical trials, starting with Phase III trials in metastatic disease and progressing to trials in the adjuvant setting. Data from these trials suggest that cancer vaccines may be more effective in(More)
109 Background: Peptide vaccines comprised of HLA class II epitopes, which elicit CD4+ T cell responses, play a critical role in potentiating immune responses. We are conducting a randomized phase II trial of AE37, a hybrid peptide created by the addition of the Ii-Key moiety (LRMK) to the HER2 helper epitope, AE36 (HER2 aa776-790). Here, we present(More)
134 Background: GP2 is a HER2 derived, HLA-A2+-restricted immunogenic peptide designed to stimulate CD8+T cells to recognize tumor cells with any level of HER2 expression (IHC 1-3+). Accrual to a prospective, randomized, multi-center, phase II trial of the GP2 vaccine for prevention of breast cancer recurrence has completed. Here, the planned primary(More)
BACKGROUND Increased accessibility and rapidity of computed tomography (CT) have led to increased use and radiation exposure to pediatric trauma patients. The thyroid is radiosensitive and therefore at risk for developing malignancy from radiation exposure during cervical spine CT. This analysis aimed to determine which preelementary trauma patients warrant(More)
Background HER2 is a commonly expressed tumor-associated antigen in breast (BrCa) and, therefore, an attractive target for immunotherapy. We have investigated HER2-derived peptides as vaccines mixed with GM-CSF to include GP2 (a HLA-A2 and HLA-A3 restricted, CD8+ eliciting epitope) and AE37 (a HLA unrestricted, MHC class II, CD4 + eliciting epitope). Both(More)
BACKGROUND Folate binding protein(FBP) is an immunogenic protein over-expressed in endometrial(EC) and ovarian cancer(OC). We are conducting a phase I/IIa trial of E39 (GALE 301)+GM-CSF, an HLA-A2-restricted, FBP-derived peptide vaccine to prevent recurrences in disease-free EC and OC patients. This interim analysis summarizes toxicity, immunologic(More)
Background A variety of autologous tumor/dendritic-cell (DC) vaccines have been pursued. Our prior autologous tumor/ DC fusion (dendritoma) vaccine demonstrated clinical benefit in metastatic melanoma; however, dendritoma production is difficult and not scalable for commercialization. We developed an alternative, novel approach to efficiently deliver the(More)