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News: December, 2017

Rathmell elected to ASCO nominating committee

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

W. Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD, Cornelius A. Craig Professor of Medicine and director of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), has been elected to the nominating committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

DNA damage repair: molecular insights

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The first line of defense against skin cancer is the ability to repair DNA damage caused by UV light. Walter J. Chazin, PhD, and colleagues investigated how XPA – a protein involved in the repair of certain DNA damage – interacts with DNA and the effects of several disease-associated mutations in XPA on its molecular structure and ability to bind DNA.

Searching out pancreatic cancer risk

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

A prospective study by Wei Zheng, Ph.D., M.D., and colleagues delivers the first direct epidemiological evidence that increased production of a chemical compound called prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), as measured by metabolites in urine (PGE-M), is associated with increased pancreatic cancer risk.

15 faculty members elected as AAAS fellows

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center members among fifteen Vanderbilt University faculty members elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science this year.