George J. Weiner

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Cancer immunotherapy comprises a variety of treatment approaches, incorporating the tremendous specificity of the adaptive immune system (T cells and antibodies) as well as the diverse and potent cytotoxic weaponry of both adaptive and innate immunity. Immunotherapy strategies include antitumor monoclonal antibodies, cancer vaccines, adoptive transfer of ex(More)
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have previously identified 13 loci associated with risk of chronic lymphocytic leukemia or small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL). To identify additional CLL susceptibility loci, we conducted the largest meta-analysis for CLL thus far, including four GWAS with a total of 3,100 individuals with CLL (cases) and 7,667 controls.(More)
Rituximab is a mainstay in the therapy for a broad variety of B-cell malignancies. Despite its undeniable therapeutic value, we still do not fully understand the mechanisms of action responsible for rituximab's anti-tumor effects. Direct signaling, complement-mediated cytotoxicity (CMC), and antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) all appear to play(More)
Immune stimulatory oligodeoxynucleotides (ODN) with unmethylated CpG motifs are potent inducers of both innate and adaptive immunity. It initially appeared that a single type of optimal CpG motif would work in all applications. We now report that specific motifs of CpG ODN can vary dramatically in their ability to induce individual immune effects and that(More)
in an unprecedented effort to highlight the critical importance of biomedical research, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) joined with more than 200 organizations representing a broad spectrum of research interests and diseases to " Rally for Medical Research " in our nation's capital. This historic event, which united research advocates(More)
Growing evidence indicates that the affinity of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) for CD16 (FcgammaRIII) plays a central role in the ability of the mAb to mediate antitumor activity. We evaluated how CD16 polymorphisms, and mAb with modified affinity for target antigen and CD16, affect natural killer (NK) cell phenotype when CD20(+) malignant B cells were also(More)
PURPOSE Despite important recent work, US public attitudes toward specific biobank consent models are not well understood. Public opinion data can help shape efforts to develop ethically sound and publicly trusted mechanisms for informing and consenting prospective biobank donors. The purpose of this study was to explore public perspectives toward a range(More)
PURPOSE Complement may play a role in the clinical response to rituximab and other monoclonal antibody-based therapies of cancer. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between the C1qA([276]) polymorphism and the clinical response to rituximab in patients with follicular lymphoma. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Genotyping for C1qA([276A/G]) was(More)
PURPOSE PF-3512676 (formerly CpG 7909) is a novel Toll-like receptor 9-activating oligonucleotide with single-agent antitumor activity that augments preclinical rituximab efficacy. This Phase I trial was designed to investigate the safety, tolerability, and preliminary antitumor activity of PF-3512676 in combination with rituximab. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN(More)