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    News: Breast Cancer

    Breast cancer: finding the smoking gun

    Thursday, July 21st, 2016

    Many genes are associated with cancer. The trick is proving they actually promote tumor formation. One approach, detailed by Ian Macara, Ph.D., and colleagues last month in Cell Reports, is an in vivo “gain-of-function” screen. The researchers used a gene “library” (complementary DNA carried by lentivirus) to increase the expression of nearly 1000 different genes […]

    Idrees receives award for cancer outcomes research

    Thursday, July 7th, 2016

    Kamran Idrees, M.D., MSCI, assistant professor of Surgery, has received a Young Investigator Award from the Society of Surgical Oncology Foundation (SSO). The award supports innovative concepts designed to improve health outcomes through advances in the delivery of care. Idrees, who joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2012, said the one-year award “was an unexpected honor […]

    VICC leads study on high breast cancer incidence and mortality rates in African-American women

    Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

    A cancer research consortium headed by investigators at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) and two other institutions, today received $12 million in federal funding to help determine why African-American women die at a higher rate and have more aggressive breast cancer than white women.  The grant, which was awarded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part […]

    VICC’s Levy named Komen Scholar for breast cancer research

    Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

    Mia Levy, M.D., Ph.D., Ingram Assistant Professor of Cancer Research and director of Cancer Health Informatics and Strategy at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), has been named a Komen Scholar by the Susan G. Komen organization. Susan G. Komen is one of the world’s largest nonprofit organizations dedicated to breast cancer research, patient support and advocacy. […]

    Precision medicine already changing cancer treatment strategies

    Thursday, May 26th, 2016

    The ability to test patients’ cancers for individual differences, mainly at the genetic level, and to make treatment decisions based on those differences is the hallmark of precision medicine, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is among the leaders of this new approach to diagnosis and treatment. “Nationwide we’re seeing great promise with this approach […]

    Public invited to learn about VICC precision cancer medicine

    Friday, April 29th, 2016

    Leading cancer investigators from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center will unveil the latest in cancer research during an upcoming community event. “Precision Medicine in Cancer: At the Crossroads of Research and Treatment for Patients” will be held Tuesday, May 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center, 310 25th Ave. S. The public is […]

    Study explores how some breast cancers resist treatment

    Thursday, April 21st, 2016

    A targeted therapy for triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), the most aggressive form of breast cancer, has shown potential promise in a recently published study. TNBC is the only type of breast cancer for which there are no currently approved targeted therapies. The new study led by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) investigators has identified gene alterations […]

    Switching breast cancer off

    Thursday, April 14th, 2016

    Receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) – key regulators of cell signaling pathways – are commonly implicated in the proliferation of malignant tumors. The EPHA2 RTK is overexpressed in aggressive forms of breast cancer, and this overexpression correlates with poor patient outcomes. EPHA2 is believed to operate somewhat like a switch: when its ligand, ephrin-A1, is present, […]

    T.J. Martell Foundation lauds Pietenpol’s research

    Thursday, March 17th, 2016

    Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D., B.F. Byrd Jr. Professor of Oncology and director of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), was honored with the Medical Research Advancement Award during the 8th Annual T.J. Martell Foundation Nashville Honors Gala held recently at the Omni Nashville Hotel. The Medical Research Advancement Award is in recognition of Pietenpol’s career as a cancer researcher. […]

    Annual Pink Out women’s basketball game set for Feb. 14

    Thursday, February 11th, 2016

    Pink will be the dominant color in Memorial Gymnasium Sunday, Feb. 14, as the Vanderbilt Commodores Women’s Basketball team participates in the annual Pink Out! game to raise awareness about breast cancer. Pink is the color associated with breast cancer research and survivorship, so the Commodores will wear special uniforms during the matchup against the […]

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