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    My Health Chat: Cancer Drug Discovery

    March 22, 2012 | Cynthia Manley

    The April program for My Health Chat will be the promising world of cancer drug discovery.

    Panelists will be Lawrence Marnett, Ph.D., director of the Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology, and Stephen Fesik, Ph.D., director of drug discovery at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

    They will be discussing and taking questions about how information about the genetic drivers of cancer can be used to tailor treatments that are more effective and how new scientific methods are allowing us to target proteins once considered to be “un-druggable.”

    Hosted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center and moderated by Jim Jirjis, M.D., assistant professor of Medicine, these 30-minute live interactive video chats offer the public a chance to hear from and ask questions of scientists and physicians on the leading edge of advances in medicine.

    The event will be streamed live from 1:30-2 p.m. CST, April 11, on Facebook and at

    Visit to register. You may also view the chat schedule and register for future chats at the same time.

    Questions may be submitted live during the chat or in advance by:

    • Posting them on Vanderbilt Health’s Facebook page (

    • Sending them on Twitter to @VUMCHealth or with #MyHealthChat

    • Emailing them to

    The chats are archived at for future viewing. Past topics have included advances in heart disease, cancer, pediatrics, and developmental disabilities, autism, and the future of personalized medicine.

    May’s chat will be “Discoveries in Neurosciences,” and June’s will be “Advances in Diabetes Research.”


    Register for the Chat.