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Craig A. Mullen, M.D., Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 275-2981

Fax: (585) 273-1039

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

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Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Settings

Cancer, Pediatrics

Biography

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Bone Marrow Transplantation
Childhood Cancer
Infections in Immunocompromised Hosts
Biological Therapies of Cancer
Use of Computer Technology To Improve Drug Compliance

Professional Background

Dr. Mullen serves as the Chief of the Pediatric Hematology / Oncology Division. He is also the Director the Fellowship Program. He has joint appointments as Professor in both the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Professor in the Department of Oncology.

Research

Dr. Mullen current research work examines the bone marrow microenvironment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The current goal of the work is to identify the molecular mechanisms by which nonmalignant cells in the marrow microenvironment that provide antiapoptotic support for leukemia cells. Ultimately this may identify new "drug-able" targets that may improve leukemia therapy.

Credentials

Specialties

  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology - American Board of Pediatrics

Education

1984
PhD | University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine

1986
MD | University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1989 - 06/30/1992
Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at National Institute of Health

07/01/1987 - 06/30/1989
Residency in Pediatrics at Children's Medical Center of Dallas

07/01/1986 - 06/30/1987
Internship in Pediatrics at Children's Medical Center of Dallas

7/1/92 - 6/30/94
Research in Immunohematology at National Institute of Health

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Awards

2002
Award for Second International Symposium on Minor Histocompatibility Antigens
Sponsor: International Congress of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics

1999
Dean's Excellence Award
Sponsor: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Location: University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center

1992
American Association of Cancer Research
Sponsor: Upjohn Travel Award

1986
Alpha Omega Alpha

1986
Dr. Harold Lamport Biomedical Research Award (for the best PhD dissertation in biomedical research)
Location: University of Chicago

1978
Phi Beta Kappa

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Clinical Trials

NCI-COG Pediatric MATCH (Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice)- Phase 2 Subprotocol of Ensartinib in Patients With Tumors Harboring ALK or ROS1 Genomic Alterations,NCI-COG Pediatric MATCH (Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice)- Phase 2 Subprotocol of Ensartinib in Patients With Tumors Harboring ALK or ROS1 Genomic Alterations

Lead Researcher: Craig A Mullen

This phase II Pediatric MATCH trial studies how well ensartinib works in treating patients with solid tumors, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, or histiocytic disorders with ALK or ROS1 genomic alterations that have come back (recurrent) or do not respond to treatment (refractory) and have spread to other places in the body (advanced). Ensartinib may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth.

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NCI-COG Pediatric MATCH (Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice)- Phase 2 Subprotocol of Tipifarnib in Patients With Tumors Harboring HRAS Genomic Alterations

Lead Researcher: Craig A Mullen

This phase II pediatric MATCH trial studies how well tipifarnib works in treating patients with solid tumors that have recurred or spread to other places in the body (advanced), lymphoma, or histiocytic disorders, that have a genetic alteration in the gene HRAS. Tipifarnib may block the growth of cancer cells that have specific genetic changes in a gene called HRAS and may reduce tumor size.

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NCI-COG Pediatric MATCH (Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice) - Phase 2 Subprotocol of LOXO-101 (Larotrectinib) in Patients With Tumors Harboring Actionable NTRK Fusions

Lead Researcher: Craig A Mullen

This phase II Pediatric MATCH trial studies how well larotrectinib works in treating patients with solid tumors, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, or histiocytic disorders with NTRK fusions that have spread to other places in the body and have come back or do not respond to treatment. Larotrectinib may stop the growth of cancer cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth.

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NCI-COG Pediatric MATCH (Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice)- A Phase 2 Subprotocol of Olaparib in Patients With Tumors Harboring Defects in DNA Damage Repair Genes

Lead Researcher: Craig A Mullen

This phase II Pediatric MATCH trial studies how well olaparib works in treating patients with solid tumors, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, or histiocytic disorders with defects in deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) damage repair genes that have spread to other places in the body (advanced) and have come back (relapsed) or do not respond to treatment (refractory). Olaparib is an inhibitor of PARP, an enzyme that helps repair DNA when it becomes damaged. Blocking PARP may help keep cancer cells from repairing their damaged DNA, causing them to die. PARP inhibitors are a type of targeted therapy.

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NCI-COG Pediatric MATCH (Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice) - Phase 2 Subprotocol of Palbociclib in Patients With Tumors Harboring Activating Alterations in Cell Cycle Genes,NCI-COG Pediatric MATCH (Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice) - Phase 2 Subprotocol of Palbociclib in Patients With Tumors Harboring Activating Alterations in Cell Cycle Genes,NCI-COG Pediatric MATCH (Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice) - Phase 2 Subprotocol of Palbociclib in Patients With Tumors Harboring Activating Alterations in Cell Cycle Genes

Lead Researcher: Craig A Mullen

This phase II Pediatric MATCH trial studies how well palbociclib works in treating patients with Rb positive solid tumors, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, or histiocytic disorders with activating alterations (mutations) in cell cycle genes that have spread to other places in the body and have come back or do not respond to treatment. Palbociclib may stop the growth of cancer cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth.

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NCI-COG Pediatric MATCH (Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice) - Phase 2 Subprotocol of AG-120 (Ivosidenib) in Patients With Tumors Harboring IDH1 Mutations

Lead Researcher: Craig A Mullen

This phase II Pediatric MATCH trial studies how well ivosidenib works in treating patients with solid tumors that have spread to other places in the body (advanced), lymphoma, or histiocytic disorders that have IDH1 genetic alterations (mutations). Ivosidenib may block the growth of cancer cells that have specific genetic changes in an important signaling pathway called the IDH pathway.

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NCI-COG Pediatric MATCH (Molecular Analysis For Therapy Choice)- Phase 2 Subprotocol of Ly3023414 in Patients With Solid Tumors

Lead Researcher: Craig A Mullen

This phase II Pediatric MATCH trial studies how well samotolisib works in treating patients with solid tumors, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, or histiocytic disorders with TSC or PI3K/MTOR mutations that have spread to other places in the body (metastatic) and have come back (recurrent) or do not respond to treatment (refractory). Samotolisib may stop the growth of cancer cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth.

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Renal Tumors Classification, Biology, and Banking Study

Lead Researcher: Craig A Mullen

This research trial studies kidney tumors in younger patients. Collecting and storing samples of tumor tissue, blood, and urine from patients with cancer to study in the laboratory may help doctors learn more about changes that occur in deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and identify biomarkers related to cancer.

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A Phase 3 Randomized Trial for Patients With De Novo AML Comparing Standard Therapy Including Gemtuzumab Ozogamicin (GO) to CPX-351 With GO, and the Addition of the FLT3 Inhibitor Gilteritinib for Patients With FLT3 Mutations

Lead Researcher: Craig A Mullen

This phase III trial compares standard chemotherapy to therapy with CPX-351 and/or gilteritinib for patients with newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia with or without FLT3 mutations. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as daunorubicin, cytarabine, and gemtuzumab ozogamicin, work in different ways to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. CPX-351 is made up of daunorubicin and cytarabine and is made in a way that makes the drugs stay in the bone marrow longer and could be less likely to cause heart problems than traditional anthracycline drugs, a common class of chemotherapy drug. Some acute myeloid leukemia patients have an abnormality in the structure of a gene called FLT3. Genes are pieces of DNA (molecules that carry instructions for development, functioning, growth and reproduction) inside each cell that tell the cell what to do and when to grow and divide. FLT3 plays an important role in the normal making of blood cells. This gene can have permanent changes that cause it to function abnormally by making cancer cells grow. Gilteritinib may block the abnormal function of the FLT3 gene that makes cancer cells grow. The overall goals of this study are, 1) to compare the effects, good and/or bad, of CPX-351 with daunorubicin and cytarabine on people with newly diagnosed AML to find out which is better, 2) to study the effects, good and/or bad, of adding gilteritinib to AML therapy for patients with high amounts of FLT3/ITD or other FLT3 mutations and 3) to study changes in heart function during and after treatment for AML. Giving CPX-351 and/or gilteritinib with standard chemotherapy may work better in treating patients with acute myeloid leukemia compared to standard chemotherapy alone.

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A Phase 3 Randomized Trial of Inotuzumab Ozogamicin (IND#:133494, NSC#: 772518) for Newly Diagnosed High-Risk B-ALL; Risk-Adapted Post-Induction Therapy for High-Risk B-ALL, Mixed Phenotype Acute Leukemia, and Disseminated B-Lly

Lead Researcher: Craig A Mullen

This phase III trial studies whether inotuzumab ozogamicin added to post-induction chemotherapy for patients with High-Risk B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (B-ALL) improves outcomes. This trial also studies the outcomes of patients with mixed phenotype acute leukemia (MPAL), and B-lymphoblastic lymphoma (B-LLy) when treated with ALL therapy without inotuzumab ozogamicin. Inotuzumab ozogamicin is a monoclonal antibody, called inotuzumab, linked to a type of chemotherapy called calicheamicin. Inotuzumab attaches to cancer cells in a targeted way and delivers calicheamicin to kill them. Other drugs used in the chemotherapy regimen, such as cyclophosphamide, cytarabine, dexamethasone, doxorubicin, daunorubicin, methotrexate, leucovorin, mercaptopurine, prednisone, thioguanine, vincristine, and pegaspargase work in different ways to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. This trial will also study the outcomes of patients with mixed phenotype acute leukemia (MPAL) and disseminated B lymphoblastic lymphoma (B-LLy) when treated with high-risk ALL chemotherapy. The overall goal of this study is to understand if adding inotuzumab ozogamicin to standard of care chemotherapy maintains or improves outcomes in High Risk B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (HR B-ALL). The first part of the study includes the first two phases of therapy: Induction and Consolidation. This part will collect information on the leukemia, as well as the effects of the initial treatment, in order to classify patients into post-consolidation treatment groups. On the second part of this study, patients will receive the remainder of the chemotherapy cycles (interim maintenance I, delayed intensification, interim maintenance II, maintenance), with some patients randomized to receive inotuzumab. Other aims of this study include investigating whether treating both males and females with the same duration of chemotherapy maintains outcomes for males who have previously been treated for an additional year compared to girls, as well as to evaluate the best ways to help patients adhere to oral chemotherapy regimens. Finally, this study will be the first to track the outcomes of subjects with disseminated B-cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia (B LLy) or Mixed Phenotype Acute Leukemia (MPAL) when treated with B-ALL chemotherapy.

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A Phase 3 Trial Investigating Blinatumomab ( NSC# 765986) in Combination With Chemotherapy in Patients With Newly Diagnosed Standard Risk or Down Syndrome B-Lymphoblastic Leukemia (B-ALL) and the Treatment of Patients With Localized B-Lymphoblastic Lymphoma (B-LLy)

Lead Researcher: Craig A Mullen

This phase III trial studies how well blinatumomab works in combination with chemotherapy in treating patients with newly diagnosed, standard risk B-lymphoblastic leukemia or B-lymphoblastic lymphoma with or without Down syndrome. Monoclonal antibodies, such as blinatumomab, may induce changes in the body's immune system and may interfere with the ability of cancer cells to grow and spread. Chemotherapy drugs, such as vincristine, dexamethasone, prednisone, prednisolone, pegaspargase, methotrexate, cytarabine, mercaptopurine, doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, and thioguanine, work in different ways to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. Leucovorin decreases the toxic effects of methotrexate. Giving monoclonal antibody therapy with chemotherapy may kill more cancer cells. Giving blinatumomab and combination chemotherapy may work better than combination chemotherapy alone in treating patients with B-ALL. This trial also assigns patients into different chemotherapy treatment regimens based on risk (the chance of cancer returning after treatment). Treating patients with chemotherapy based on risk may help doctors decide which patients can best benefit from which chemotherapy treatment regimens.

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Stopping Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors (TKI) to Assess Treatment-Free Remission (TFR) in Pediatric Chronic Myeloid Leukemia - Chronic Phase (CML-CP)

Lead Researcher: Craig A Mullen

This phase II trial studies how stopping tyrosine kinase inhibitors will affect treatment-free remission in patients with chronic myeloid leukemia in chronic phase. When the level of disease is very low, it's called molecular remission. TKIs are a type of medication that help keep this level low. However, after being in molecular remission for a specific amount of time, it may not be necessary to take tyrosine kinase inhibitors. It is not yet known whether stopping tyrosine kinase inhibitors will help patients with chronic myeloid leukemia in chronic phase continue or re-achieve molecular remission.

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International Phase 3 Trial in Philadelphia Chromosome-Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (Ph+ALL) Testing Imatinib in Combination With Two Different Cytotoxic Chemotherapy Backbones

Lead Researcher: Craig A Mullen

This randomized phase III trial studies how well imatinib mesylate and combination chemotherapy work in treating patients with newly diagnosed Philadelphia chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Imatinib mesylate may stop the growth of cancer cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Drugs used in chemotherapy, work in different ways to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. Giving imatinib mesylate and combination chemotherapy may work better in treating patients with Philadelphia chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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Risk-Stratified Therapy for Acute Myeloid Leukemia in Down Syndrome

Lead Researcher: Craig A Mullen

This phase III trial studies response-based chemotherapy in treating newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia or myelodysplastic syndrome in younger patients with Down syndrome. Drugs used in chemotherapy work in different ways to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. Response-based chemotherapy separates patients into different risk groups and treats them according to how they respond to the first course of treatment (Induction I). Response-based treatment may be effective in treating acute myeloid leukemia or myelodysplastic syndrome in younger patients with Down syndrome while reducing the side effects.

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NCI-COG Pediatric MATCH (Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice) Screening Protocol

Lead Researcher: Craig A Mullen

This Pediatric MATCH screening and multi-sub-study phase II trial studies how well treatment that is directed by genetic testing works in pediatric patients with solid tumors, non-Hodgkin lymphomas, or histiocytic disorders that have progressed following at least one line of standard systemic therapy and/or for which no standard treatment exists that has been shown to prolong survival. Genetic tests look at the unique genetic material (genes) of patients' tumor cells. Patients with genetic changes or abnormalities (mutations) may benefit more from treatment which targets their tumor's particular genetic mutation, and may help doctors plan better treatment for patients with solid tumors or non-Hodgkin lymphomas.

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A Phase 2 Study of Inotuzumab Ozogamicin (NSC# 772518) in Children and Young Adults With Relapsed or Refractory CD22+ B-Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (B-ALL)

Lead Researcher: Craig A Mullen

This phase II trial studies how well inotuzumab ozogamicin works in treating younger patients with B-lymphoblastic lymphoma or CD22 positive B acute lymphoblastic leukemia that has come back (relapsed) or does not respond to treatment (refractory). Inotuzumab ozogamicin is a monoclonal antibody, called inotuzumab, linked to a toxic agent called ozogamicin. Inotuzumab attaches to CD22 positive cancer cells in a targeted way and delivers ozogamicin to kill them.

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The Project: EveryChild Protocol: A Registry, Eligibility Screening, Biology and Outcome Study

Lead Researcher: Craig A Mullen

This study gathers health information for the Project: Every Child for younger patients with cancer. Gathering health information over time from younger patients with cancer may help doctors find better methods of treatment and on-going care.

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Health Effects After Anthracycline and Radiation Therapy (HEART): Dexrazoxane and Prevention of Anthracycline-Related Cardiomyopathy,Health Effects After Anthracycline and Radiation Therapy (HEART): Dexrazoxane and Prevention of Anthracycline-Related Cardiomyopathy

Lead Researcher: Craig A Mullen

This clinical trial studies the effects of dexrazoxane hydrochloride on biomarkers associated with cardiomyopathy and heart failure after cancer treatment. Studying samples of blood in the laboratory from patients receiving dexrazoxane hydrochloride may help doctors learn more about the effects of dexrazoxane hydrochloride on cells. It may also help doctors understand how well patients respond to treatment.

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Umbrella Long-Term Follow-Up Protocol

Lead Researcher: Craig A Mullen

This clinical trial keeps track of and collects follow-up information from patients who are currently enrolled on or have participated in a Children's Oncology Group study. Developing a way to keep track of patients who have participated in Children's Oncology Group studies may allow doctors learn more about the long-term effects of cancer treatment and help them reduce problems related to treatment and improve patient quality of life.

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Neuroblastoma Biology Studies,Neuroblastoma Biology Studies,Neuroblastoma Biology Studies

Lead Researcher: Craig A Mullen

This research trial studies biomarkers in tumor tissue samples from patients with newly diagnosed neuroblastoma or ganglioneuroblastoma. Studying samples of tumor tissue from patients with cancer in the laboratory may help doctors identify and learn more about biomarkers related to cancer.

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Publications

Journal Articles

6/2021
Schenone D, Andolina JR, Rademacher B, Fountaine TJ, Edwards E, Nunez L, Qiu M, Sharma S, Mullen CA. "Gene Expression and Survival of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Cells After Allogeneic Transplant." Anticancer research.. 2021 Jun 0; 41(6):2781-2793.

2021
Kwiatkowski V; Franco AI; Cordisco MR;Mullen CA. "A case of a rapidly-changing skin lesion in an 11-year-old male". Pediatrics In Review. 2021; .

6/2019
Usmani S, Sivagnanalingam U, Tkachenko O, Nunez L, Shand JC, Mullen CA. "Support of acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells by nonmalignant bone marrow stromal cells." Oncology letters.. 2019 Jun 0; 17(6):5039-5049. Epub 2019 Mar 22.

Books & Chapters

2005
Chapter Title: Supportive Care in Pediatric Oncology: Part I
Book Title: Pediatric Oncology
Author List: Rodriguez N, Madden RM, Mullen CA
Edited By: Chan KW, Raney RB
Published By: Springer 2005 in New York, NY

2005
Chapter Title: Supportive Care in Pediatric Oncology: Part II
Book Title: Pediatric Oncology
Author List: Madden RM, Koontz-Webb S, Zhukovsky DS, Mullen CA
Edited By: Chan KW, Raney RB
Published By: Springer 2005 in New York, NY

1998
Chapter Title: Cytosine deaminase as a suicide gene in cancer gene therapy
Book Title: Gene Therapy of Cancer
Author List: Mullen CA
Edited By: Lattime N, Gerson G
Published By: Academic Press 1998 in San Diego, CA

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