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Cruz Velasco Gonzalez

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
DepartmentPediatrics, College of Medicine
DivisionPeds Biostatistics
Address1120 Marshall Street
Mail Slot # 512-43
Little Rock AR 72202
Phone501-364-2636
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    Starting January 2016 as Associate Professor in the Biostatistics Program, Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, UAMS, and was formerly at LSUHSC-New Orleans for 13 years. I have extensive experience in planning and carrying out statistical analyses for metabolism/obesity/diabetes, cancer, and other biomedical investigations. I have contributed to the planning and analysis of several basic and intervention studies on metabolism-obesity-diabetes in children. I have also contributed to numerous cancer research studies on basic research (in vitro and animal models), gene expression, statistical genetics, human populations samples, cancer registry databases, and designing of navigation intervention on cancer care. I have been the biostatistician for approximately 20 studies funded from federal sources, including NIH (COBRE, CTSA, R01) and the Department of Defense, and state agencies (Louisiana). I also have been core leader for a COBRE grant funded over 2 cycles (1P20-44-021970-05S109, 2P20RR021970) and recently renewed (1P30GM114732-01), core leader for a P20 grant (1P20MD004817), and co-leader of the Biostatistics Core for an U54 grant (U54 MD008176).


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    1. Kaczanowska S, Joseph AM, Guo J, Tsai AK, Lasola JJM, Younger K, Zhang Y, Velasco Gonzalez C, Davila E. A synthetic CD8a:MyD88 co-receptor enhances CD8+ T cell responses to weakly immunogenic and lowly expressed tumor antigens. Cancer Res. 2017 Oct 20. PMID: 29055013.
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    2. Coulon SJ, Velasco-Gonzalez C, Scribner R, Park CL, Gomez R, Vargas A, Stender S, Zabaleta J, Clesi P, Chalew SA, Hempe JM. Racial differences in neighborhood disadvantage, inflammation and metabolic control in black and white pediatric type 1 diabetes patients. Pediatr Diabetes. 2017 Mar; 18(2):120-127. PMID: 26783014.
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    3. Singleton B, Turner J, Walter L, Lathan N, Thorpe D, Ogbevoen P, Daye J, Alcorn D, Wilson S, Semien J, Richard T, Johnson T, McCabe K, Estrada JJ, Galvez F, Velasco C, Reiss K. Environmental stress in the Gulf of Mexico and its potential impact on public health. Environ Res. 2016 Apr; 146:108-15. PMID: 26745734.
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    4. Raulji CM, Clay K, Velasco C, Yu LC. Daily Bathing with Chlorhexidine and Its Effects on Nosocomial Infection Rates in Pediatric Oncology Patients. Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2015; 32(5):315-21. PMID: 25918820.
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    5. Walton RG, Kim J, Velasco C, Swetter SM. Tumor volume: an adjunct prognostic factor in cutaneous melanoma. Cutis. 2014 Nov; 94(5):226-30. PMID: 25474450.
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    6. Marrero L, Wyczechowska D, Musto AE, Wilk A, Vashistha H, Zapata A, Walker C, Velasco-Gonzalez C, Parsons C, Wieland S, Levitt D, Reiss K, Prakash O. Therapeutic efficacy of aldoxorubicin in an intracranial xenograft mouse model of human glioblastoma. Neoplasia. 2014 Oct; 16(10):874-82. PMID: 25379024; PMCID: PMC4212249.
    7. Raber PL, Thevenot P, Sierra R, Wyczechowska D, Halle D, Ramirez ME, Ochoa AC, Fletcher M, Velasco C, Wilk A, Reiss K, Rodriguez PC. Subpopulations of myeloid-derived suppressor cells impair T cell responses through independent nitric oxide-related pathways. Int J Cancer. 2014 Jun 15; 134(12):2853-64. PMID: 24259296; PMCID: PMC3980009.
    8. Zabaleta J, Velasco-Gonzalez C, Estrada J, Ravussin E, Pelligrino N, Mohler MC, Larson-Meyer E, Boulares AH, Powell-Young Y, Bennett B, Happel K, Cefalu W, Scribner R, Tseng TS, Sothern M. Inverse correlation of serum inflammatory markers with metabolic parameters in healthy, Black and White prepubertal youth. Int J Obes (Lond). 2014 Apr; 38(4):563-8. PMID: 24276016; PMCID: PMC3981883.
    9. Hill JM, Stern EM, Bhattacharjee PS, Malamud D, Clement C, Rodriguez P, Lukiw WJ, Ochoa AC, Foster TP, Velasco C, McFerrin HE. The antimicrobial agent C31G is effective for therapy for HSV-1 ocular keratitis in the rabbit eye model. Antiviral Res. 2013 Oct; 100(1):14-9. PMID: 23860013; PMCID: PMC3927842.
    10. Powell-Young YM, Zabaleta J, Velasco-Gonzalez C, Sothern MS. A cohort study evaluating the implications of biology, weight status and socioeconomic level on global self-esteem competence among female African-American adolescents. J Natl Black Nurses Assoc. 2013 Jul; 24(1):1-8. PMID: 24218867; PMCID: PMC4036223.
    11. Pacifici M, Delbue S, Ferrante P, Jeansonne D, Kadri F, Nelson S, Velasco-Gonzalez C, Zabaleta J, Peruzzi F. Cerebrospinal fluid miRNA profile in HIV-encephalitis. J Cell Physiol. 2013 May; 228(5):1070-5. PMID: 23042033; PMCID: PMC3760673.
    12. Hernandez CP, Morrow K, Velasco C, Wyczechowska DD, Naura AS, Rodriguez PC. Effects of cigarette smoke extract on primary activated T cells. Cell Immunol. 2013 Mar; 282(1):38-43. PMID: 23665673; PMCID: PMC3676722.
    13. Ghafar MA, Chesson RR, Velasco C, Slocum P, Winters JC. Size of urogenital hiatus as a potential risk factor for emptying disorders after pelvic prolapse repair. J Urol. 2013 Aug; 190(2):603-7. PMID: 23416637.
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    14. Hsieh MC, Chiu YW, Velasco C, Wu XC, O'Flarity MB, Chen VW. Impact of race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status on adjuvant chemotherapy use among elderly patients with stage III colon cancer. J Registry Manag. 2013; 40(4):180-7. PMID: 24625772.
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    15. Tate DJ, Patterson JR, Velasco-Gonzalez C, Carroll EN, Trinh J, Edwards D, Aiyar A, Finkel-Jimenez B, Zea AH. Interferon-gamma-induced nitric oxide inhibits the proliferation of murine renal cell carcinoma cells. Int J Biol Sci. 2012; 8(8):1109-20. PMID: 22991499; PMCID: PMC3445049.
    16. Hsieh MC, Velasco C, Wu XC, Pareti LA, Andrews PA, Chen VW. Influence of socioeconomic status and hospital type on disparities of lymph node evaluation in colon cancer patients. Cancer. 2012 Mar 15; 118(6):1675-83. PMID: 21882179; PMCID: PMC3767484.
    17. Geng D, Zheng L, Srivastava R, Velasco-Gonzalez C, Riker A, Markovic SN, Davila E. Amplifying TLR-MyD88 signals within tumor-specific T cells enhances antitumor activity to suboptimal levels of weakly immunogenic tumor antigens. Cancer Res. 2010 Oct 01; 70(19):7442-54. PMID: 20807806; PMCID: PMC3463001.
    18. Geng D, Zheng L, Srivastava R, Asprodites N, Velasco-Gonzalez C, Davila E. When Toll-like receptor and T-cell receptor signals collide: a mechanism for enhanced CD8 T-cell effector function. Blood. 2010 Nov 04; 116(18):3494-504. PMID: 20696947; PMCID: PMC2981476.
    19. Hernandez CP, Morrow K, Lopez-Barcons LA, Zabaleta J, Sierra R, Velasco C, Cole J, Rodriguez PC. Pegylated arginase I: a potential therapeutic approach in T-ALL. Blood. 2010 Jun 24; 115(25):5214-21. PMID: 20407034; PMCID: PMC2892956.
    20. Hu SY, Liu T, Liu ZZ, Ledet E, Velasco-Gonzalez C, Mandal DM, Koochekpour S. Identification of a novel germline missense mutation of the androgen receptor in African American men with familial prostate cancer. Asian J Androl. 2010 May; 12(3):336-43. PMID: 20173765; PMCID: PMC3008322.
    21. Hu S, Delorme N, Liu Z, Liu T, Velasco-Gonzalez C, Garai J, Pullikuth A, Koochekpour S. Prosaposin down-modulation decreases metastatic prostate cancer cell adhesion, migration, and invasion. Mol Cancer. 2010 Feb 04; 9:30. PMID: 20132547; PMCID: PMC2825248.
    22. Delongchamp RR, Velasco C, Desai VG, Lee T, Fuscoe JC. Designing toxicogenomics studies that use DNA array technology. Bioinform Biol Insights. 2008 Aug 14; 2:317-28. PMID: 19812785; PMCID: PMC2735954.
    23. Lee T, Desai VG, Velasco C, Reis RJ, Delongchamp RR. Testing for treatment effects on gene ontology. BMC Bioinformatics. 2008 Aug 12; 9 Suppl 9:S20. PMID: 18793466; PMCID: PMC2537571.
    24. Asprodites N, Zheng L, Geng D, Velasco-Gonzalez C, Sanchez-Perez L, Davila E. Engagement of Toll-like receptor-2 on cytotoxic T-lymphocytes occurs in vivo and augments antitumor activity. FASEB J. 2008 Oct; 22(10):3628-37. PMID: 18587008; PMCID: PMC2537425.
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