Global Images USA Presents An Exclusive Showing of Original Photographic Works & Cocktail Party Event

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Pacific Mesothelioma Center for its innovative mesothelioma research.

PicMonkey CollageLOS ANGELES, CA, U.S., January 17, 2017 / — On Wednesday, January 25th Global Images USA will host an art gallery viewing and cocktail evening showcasing iconic works from world-renowned photographers at a private Hollywood Hills residence (7044 Los Tilos Ave, Los Angeles, 90068) from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful art works, great company, and award-winning locally brewed beer and cocktails. A portion of proceeds from the sale of these art pieces benefit The Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC), a nonprofit medical research institute that focuses on innovative mesothelioma research. Mesothelioma is a devastating form of cancer that results from exposure to asbestos and commonly affects the lining of the chest– the pleura.

This event is geared towards art collectors, photography fans, and old Hollywood aficionados. The prints and original art works for sale cover a broad spectrum of themes, offering something of interest for everyone. The eclectic assortment includes high fashion prints, intimate portraits, behind the scenes of the old Hollywood elite, aerial photography, and conceptual oil and acrylic paintings. There is no admission fee to attend the party. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase these works through a silent auction with a minimum bid and a buy-out option. The lists of artists whose works will be for sale include Helmut Newton, Frank Worth, David LaChapelle, Timothy White, Daniel Furon, Arney Freytag, Stephan Wayda, Ann McFerran, and many more. Additionally, some of the artists will be present at the event, offering perspective and background on their work and personally signing their sold prints.

The Pacific Mesothelioma Center’s Executive Director Clare Cameron shared “We are excited to partake in this wonderful event that brings together the art and the nonprofit world. Furthermore, we are delighted that Global Images USA thought of including us in this lovely evening,” she concluded.

About Global Images USA:
Global Images USA’s goal is to provide high quality, iconic images that complement any taste, location, or budget and provide great customer and artist experience. Their collections have been carefully selected to elicit an emotion that resonates with everyone and are excellently displayed in someone’s home, office, or as a gift.

5th Annual 5K Walk/Hike for Meso Raises Over $122,000 for Mesothelioma Research

LOS ANGELES, CA , U.S., November 17, 2016 / — The Pacific Mesothelioma Center at the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute celebrated the fifth anniversary of its annual 5K Walk/Hike for Meso on Oct. 23rd 2016, at the Paramount Ranch. With over 350 walkers, the event raised $122,000 to find better treatments for malignant pleural mesothelioma, an asbestos-related form of cancer. Mesothelioma affects almost 3,000 people in the US each year, one third of whom are veterans.

Presented by Worthington & Caron, P.C, the event brought together people who can personally relate to the cause. Twenty four teams, consisting of family members and friends of those who have mesothelioma, as well as supporting organizations and individual walkers, gathered at the park at 9 a.m. for check-in and team photos. Each registrant received a free T-shirt before leaving on the 5K or 1-mile hike.

The walkers had an opportunity to test their memory skills by remembering the many “meso awareness” statements dotted around the course. The first 10 correct answers received AMC movie tickets.

After the Walk, participants enjoyed a catered lunch by local Agoura Hills favorite Italia Deli. The event also offered David’s Tea, Duverger Macaroons, Monster energy drinks, Mustache Mike’s Italian Ice and a concert by The Six Billion Dollar Band. The live auction featured items such as a photo safari for two in South Africa and a VIP LA Dodgers package. The silent auction and opportunity drawing featured items such as gift baskets, dining and adventure certificates and weekend getaways.

Prior to the day of the event, participants were also encouraged to fundraise on their own and compete for an engraved Top Fundraising Team award. Besides asking for donations, some teams took a creative route in raising their funds and awareness for the cause, such as a Pasta Party by Team Jarvis, and a Powerball at Captain’s Treasure Chest by Team Ganoe.

Many walk to honor those they have lost to this devastating disease. Returning walker Jennipher Baeza states “Research for this cancer is extremely underfunded, and by walking, not only do we raise money for research, we also raise awareness. My dad, like many others, suffered in a way that no one should have to, and I hope one day that no family or individual has to live through the devastating effects of mesothelioma. I participate in this walk each year because I made a promise to my dad before he passed away that I will continue his fight”.

New Board Member Alexa McCulloch Joins The Pacific Mesothelioma Center

alexa-mccullochAlexa McCulloch Brings Her Expertise to Help Fight Mesothelioma

LOS ANGELES, CA, U.S.A, November 3, 2016 / — The Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (PHLBI), a division of which is the Pacific Mesothelioma Center, has announced the appointment of Alexa McCulloch to the position of treasurer on its board of directors. Alexa is a skilled financial strategist, an experienced fundraiser for public, private and non-profit boards and has personally helped companies raise in excess of $50 million.

Alexa received an M.B.A from Harvard University, has an M.S in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S and B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, graduating with honors. She has served on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards both here in the USA and the UK.

“I am excited about helping this innovative research organization as they try to find answers to this devastating disease that disproportionately affects our veterans”, said Alexa. “My overall board experiences have allowed me to serve on high performing boards as well as those that required improvements. As such, I always work to ensure that boards on which I serve strive to attain the highest performance possible”.

“Alexa has extensive experience in executive leadership at several non-profits, and the financial skills that she gained by working as an investment banker, private equity and venture capital investor at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse, will be invaluable in reviewing our organization’s financial position, prospects and filings” said Rhonda Ozanian, chair of the board of directors at the PHLBI.

The Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute HONORED AS TOP-RATED NONPROFIT for 2016

2016-top-rated-awards-badge-hi-resThe Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute  announced today that it has been honored with a prestigious Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. “We are excited to be named a Top-Rated [enter year] Nonprofit,” says Clare Cameron, Executive Director, at the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (PHLBI)]. We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including  The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that PHLBI received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients.

People posted their personal experience with the nonprofit. For example, one person wrote, “As a mesothelioma patient looking for answers for this devastating disease I am very encouraged by the work at this center and the progress being made in the research lab. I had the opportunity to tour the lab when I attended the PMC Holiday Open House and learn about the exciting research being conducted with mesenchymal stem cells in conjuction with immubotherapy.  I learned a great deal and was truly impressed with all of the work and expertise of the staff”.

While the Top-Rated Awards run through the end of October, The Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute  was part of the inaugural group to qualify for the year. In addition, we’ll been added to GreatNonprofits #GivingTuesday Guide—an interactive guide to top nonprofits throughout the years. Look for this near the holidays. “Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “People with direct experience with PHLBI have voted that the organization is making a real difference.” Being on the Top-Rated list gives donors and volunteers more confidence that this is a credible organization. The reviews by volunteers, clients and other donors show the on-the-ground results of this nonprofit. This award is a form of recognition by the community.

Researchers Offer New Hope to Meso Sufferers at the 6th International Symposium on Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma


The Symposium on MPM Draws a Distinguished Panel of Scholars, Researchers, and Clinicians to UCLA to Discuss the Latest Breakthroughs in Detection & Treatment

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, September 30, 2016 / — The 6th International Symposium on Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma was held on Saturday, September 24, at the UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center. The focal point of the symposium was on clinical therapies and research data to prevent, detect and treat malignant pleural mesothelioma. Health care professionals including physicians, nurses, and scientists joined students, mesothelioma patients and their families to attend this informative and educational conference. The Symposium was co-hosted by The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC).
The morning session was opened by symposium chair, Dr. Robert B. Cameron, MD, FACS, who discussed options for intraoperative adjuvant therapies. “Adjuvant therapy enhances primary therapy,” said Dr. Cameron, Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery and Surgical Oncology. The highlights of his presentation centered on how these therapies supplemented standard of care treatments through preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative therapeutic modalities. Dr. Cameron is a pioneer in the field of mesothelioma, Director of the Comprehensive Mesothelioma Program at UCLA, Senior Professor of Surgery at UCLA, and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

“This year was incredibly hopeful as there are new biological advances likely to lead to new treatments in the future” said Dr. Cameron. “Immunotherapy is advancing rapidly and many other therapies, including thermal, chemical, gene and cell-based therapies are on the horizon”.
Additional presentation topics included an update on mesothelioma clinical trials, treatment options such as Cryoablation, Immunotherapy, Mesenchymal Stem Cells, HOX Genes, Targeting Dendritic Cells in Vivo, and East-West approaches to cancer. Other subjects such as the benefits of nurse navigators and tissue-banking resources for researchers were also presented during the symposium.

The symposium’s other distinguished faculty included: Edgar G. Engleman, MD, Professor of Pathology and Medicine Stanford University School of Medicine Palo Alto; Thierry M. Jahan, MD, Professor of Medicine, UCSF; Edward K. Moon, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; Richard Morgan, PhD Director of The Institute of Cancer Therapeutics University of Bradford, England; Daniel H. Sterman, MD, Director of Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine NYU; Haining Yang, MD, PhD Professor Cancer Biology Program University of Hawaii; Olga Olevsky, MD, oncologist UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica and assistant clinical professor at UCLA; Fereidoun Abtin, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, UCLA; Raymond Wong, PhD research scientist at PMC and PHLBI; Ka-Kit Hui, MD, UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, UCLA; Graciela Hoal, R.N., N.P, nurse practitioner at the Mesothelioma Center for Excellence at the VA West Los Angeles Medical Center; and Clare Cameron, PHLBI executive director; PHLBI.

The symposium was supported by: Worthington & Caron, P.C., Eli Lilly and Company, The International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators, and Waters & Kraus.

Making Strides for Mesothelioma Research: At the 5th Annual 5K Walk/Hike for Mesothelioma

12032680_950443781682010_1477754712351244299_oGrab Your Walking Shoes and Join Us for the 5th Annual 5K Walk/Hike for Mesothelioma Research on Sunday, October 23rd at The Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills

AGOURA HILLS, CALIFORNIA, U.S., September 23, 2016 / — The Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC) at the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute will hold its fifth annual 5K Walk/Hike for Meso on October 23, 2016, at the Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, CA. With the previous year’s success of 330 participants and over $100,000 raised, this year, the Pacific Mesothelioma Center is setting an ambitious $150,000 goal for the walk. PMC’s mission is to find better treatment options for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), a devastating cancer caused by exposure to asbestos with sadly few treatment options. Mesothelioma affects thousands of people each year with a disproportionate number of those being veterans. The annual 5K walk raises awareness for mesothelioma, and provides financial support for pioneering mesothelioma research.

The 5K Walk for Mesothelioma, presented by Worthington & Caron P.C, is the only annual 5K walk on the West coast held to raise funds for mesothelioma research. Over the years the walk has brought together people who can personally relate to the cause and as a result has fostered a community. Teams, consisting of family members and friends of those who died of mesothelioma, as well as supporting organizations and individual walkers and volunteers will gather together on October 23rd to raise awareness and funds.

The cost of registering for the walk is $35 online and $40 the day of the walk. Children 12 and under are admitted for free. Each registrant receives a PMC walk T-shirt before leaving on the 5K or 1-mile hike, and a medal upon completion. For participants that do not want to walk or hike, bingo will be available. Create a team, join a team, or register as an individual here: .

After the 5K there will be a catered lunch by famed Agoura Hills restaurant Italia’s Deli, delicious Duvurger macaroons, vendor booths set up, live entertainment by The Six Billion Dollar Band, live auction, and an opportunity drawing. The opportunity drawing and auction offer great prizes including weekend getaways, great restaurant packages, fun excursions gift certificates, jewelry, and much more. All of the proceeds go directly to mesothelioma research

“We walk together in memory of my father, Chuck Jarvis Sr, a wonderful man who passed away from this disease,” said Chuck Jarvis Jr. about this year’s walk. “It is important to me and my family that we continue to fight in his honor.”

Fluorescence Microscope Grant to Aid in Mesothelioma Research

img_4808This week The Pacific Mesothelioma Center was awarded a fluorescence microscope grant by the Kazan Law Foundation.  This microscope enables the PMC to reach greater depths in its mesenchymal stem cell research for mesothelioma.  Lead PMC Researcher Raymond Wong PhD states “This grant significantly improves the functional capability of The Pacific Mesothelioma Center lab.  We now have an additional tool for our researchers to leverage for continuing our work on next-generation immunotherapies for mesothelioma and also other solid cancers.”

Microscope to Aid in Mesothelioma Research

Presently, The Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC) is engaged in groundbreaking research to develop next-generation immunotherapies. Our researchers have discovered an innovative approach to convert human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) into potent immune-boosting treatments. These MSCs are harvested from healthy human donor placentas, the bone marrow of healthy adults, and even the bone marrow of mesothelioma patients undergoing surgery. The MSCs are purified in the PMC lab, cryopreserved, and re-thawed for research experiments as needed. Like blood donation products, each donated MSC specimen undergoes specific lab tests to ensure proper identification and quality. One MSC identification test that we employ at PMC utilizes a basic light microscope. We believe that the US FDA will eventually require MSC identification tests that utilize high-resolution fluorescence microscopes. This addition of a fluorescence microscope  increases both PMC’s functional capability and allows our researchers to utilize procedures necessary to advance novel MSC based immunotherapies to clinical trials for mesothelioma.

Cutting-edge Research to be Presented at the PMC’s 6th Annual Symposium on Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

LUSKIN CC_UCLA_Logotype_FINAL (1)On September 24th global experts on malignant pleural mesothelioma will convene for the 6th Annual International Symposium on Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, U.S., August 30, 2016 / — On September 24th global experts on malignant pleural mesothelioma will convene at the new Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center at UCLA for the 6th Annual International Symposium on Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (MPM), a rare form of cancer that results from exposure to asbestos and commonly affects the lining of the chest– the pleura. The event is jointly hosted by UCLA and the Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC).
The Symposium is geared towards physicians and offers continuing medical education (CME) credit. It will also provide up-to-date information on mesothelioma for medical students, nurses and other healthcare professionals, as well as mesothelioma patients, their families and other interested parties. Topics will cover: options for intraoperative adjuvant therapies, updates from recent mesothelioma clinical trials, cryoablation in management of recurrent mesothelioma, the role of immunotherapy in advanced pleural mesothelioma, genetic immunotherapy for malignant pleural mesothelioma and more.
The Symposium will be led by Robert B. Cameron, MD, FACS, Director of the UCLA Mesothelioma Comprehensive Research Program and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. The roster of distinguished international faculty at the Symposium will include Edgar G. Engleman, MD of Stanford University, Thierry M. Jahan, MD of UCSF, Edmund K. Moon, MD of the University of Pennsylvania, Richard Morgan, PhD of the University of Bradford, Daniel H. Sterman, MD of NYU, and Haining Yang, MD, PhD, of the University of Hawaii as well as local experts from UCLA.
“This event highlights medical advances in the treatment of mesothelioma and promising areas of new research,” said Dr. Cameron. “One of the most exciting areas of research is immunotherapy, and our panel of experts will discuss genetic immunotherapy, dendritic cells, adoptive therapy with chimeric antigen receptor T cells, as well as a novel gene-modified stem cell immunotherapy. We even will have a discussion about the real possibility of the early detection and prevention of mesothelioma.”
The Symposium is supported by: Worthington & Caron, P.C., Eli Lily & Company and the International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators.
Early Bird tickets can be purchased before September 9th online at

New Board Member Joins The Pacific Mesothelioma Center at The Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute

IMG_3953“Radha A. Savitala Brings Expert Guidance in Healthcare Legal and Business Operations to Fight Mesothelioma”.

LOS ANGELES , CALIFORNIA , UNITED STATES, August 16, 2016 / — The Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC) at The Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (PHLBI) has announced the appointment of Radha A. Savitala, to its board of directors. Radha is a highly sought-after Los Angeles attorney with broad expertise in healthcare legal and business operations. She is currently Deputy General Counsel with Prime Healthcare Management, Inc. an award-winning hospital management company.

“I am excited to be able to contribute to this non-profit medical research organization. My passion is to help the community and their focus on mesothelioma is a great cause for which to raise funds and awareness” Radha commented upon accepting the invitation to join the board. “It is an honor to work with the team at PMC and help share the progress being made on their mesenchymal stem cell research program that will help us treat and someday cure this disease. PMC is an organization that makes a difference by bringing cutting-edge research to the bedside of patient care while providing vital support and hope to the mesothelioma victims and their families”.

Radha has worked for Prime Healthcare Management since 2007 and provides advice and counsel to board members and senior executives concerning a wide array of legal issues relative to for-profit and non-profit hospitals, medical groups, clinics and Accountable Care Organizations (ACO’s).

“Radha has extensive experience in executive leadership within the healthcare industry, and will bring a breadth of perspective and insight to our research organization, and will be a valuable addition to our board” said Rhonda Ozanian, chair of the board of directors at the PMC.

With over 13 years of deep industry knowledge, experience in advising and counseling senior executives & board members, and a passion for healthcare, Radha brings a fresh perspective with her years of extensive expertise in business operations and development to the Board of PHLBI.

Radha obtained her law degree from Southwestern University and during her education, she worked in various aspects of healthcare including public interest, California Attorney General’s office and at the federal level.  Radha currently serves as Deputy General Counsel for Prime Healthcare and is responsible for mergers and acquisitions and several other aspects of operations for hospitals and medical groups nationwide.

Radha’s passion for a career in law was inspired by her grandfather who was a guiding figure in her life who encouraged her into higher education.  Growing up in Orange County, California, Radha knew healthcare was her passion and soon realized that law was a path to healthcare operations.  Radha enjoys traveling, outdoor activities and spending time with her family & friends.

“The Greatest Escape” Motorcycle Ride Raises $61,000 for Mesothelioma Research


The Pacific Mesothelioma Center held it’s fourth annual “The Greatest Escape” Motorcycle Ride on July 24th, raising both funds and awareness for mesothelioma.

LOS ANGELES , CA, U.S., August 3, 2016 / — The Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC) at the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (PHLBI) hosted the fourth annual The Greatest Escape Motorcycle Ride, presented by Worthington and Caron P.C, on Sunday, July 24. The event raised $61,500 for mesothelioma research, an asbestos-related cancer with few treatment options. The motorcycle ride originated as a tribute to The Great Escape movie, starring actor Steve McQueen, who died of mesothelioma. Since its inception, hundreds have gathered each year to honor those who have lost the fight against mesothelioma and to raise money for research.

Olympic Gold Medalist and celebrity rider Lloyd Eisler rode with a particular goal in mind, honoring his father and raising awareness for this disease. “I have a special connection to mesothelioma as my father passed away five years ago from this disease, and so this ride makes me feel like I can give back. It’s a tough disease – we don’t have a 100% cure for it yet and so it is a cause very dear to my heart which is why I come out and support it” said Eisler.

The air was cool as the event kicked-off at the Glendale Harley-Davidson. More than 200 riders, passengers, and attendees came out to enjoy a scenic ride up to Newcomb’s Ranch in La Canada, CA. The group was escorted by All Cities Transportation Company’s Escort Officers who led a safe and steady ride—with zero stops for traffic lights— through the Angeles Crest Highway with breathtaking views of Los Angeles. Riders were joined by actress Kristy Swanson, Olympic Gold Medalist Lloyd Eisler, actor Larry Wilcox, and actor/professor Roger McGrath, who knew Steve McQueen personally. McGrath said of the ride “It’s not only a great cause, fighting and researching for mesothelioma, but in a way I also consider it a kind of annual memorial for Steve [McQueen]”.

Things heated up at Newcomb’s Ranch where riders were met by other supporters who came out to enjoy the lunch and the concert and who wanted to have fun and make a difference in mesothelioma research. Everyone enjoyed live entertainment by Cherry & the Bulldogs, a delicious BBQ lunch, craft beer by Worthy Brewing Co. and an array of vendors who offered Italian ice to motorcycle gear.There was dozens of prizes in the opportunity drawing such as Harley Davidson motorcycle gear, a getaway to Napa, CA, dinner gift certificates, hotel stays, and much more.

Participants came from all over California to enjoy the ride, and help raise money for this important cause. “It’s been said before, of how the motorcycle community just turns out whenever called upon for a good cause. And for mesothelioma, and veterans, and everyone that this disease has impacted, motorcycles are called upon and they show up” said John Caron of Worthington and Caron, P.C.