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Brown to head cancer registry for Y-90 tumor treatments

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Dan Brown, M.D., professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and chief of Interventional Oncology, will spearhead a national Vanderbilt-led research registry that tracks cancer patients whose tumors are treated with Yttrium-90 (Y-90), a radioactive isotope. The Radiation-Emitting SIR-Spheres in Non-Resectable (RESIN) Liver Tumor Patient Registry is the result of a collaboration between VUMC, initially up […]

Singer’s selfless gift benefits lung cancer program

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

In a town full of amazing singers, Nashville songstress Dawn Sears’ voice was something special. Among the music professionals who tour with superstars and perform in Nashville recording sessions, Sears was celebrated for a voice of crystalline purity. The “Dawn Sears and Friends” event, emceed by Olympic figure skater and cancer survivor Scott Hamilton, and […]

Worldwide Cancer Research lauds Macara’s contributions

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Ian Macara, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, recently returned from Scotland, where he received this year’s Colin Thomson Memorial Medal for his contributions to cancer research. Worldwide Cancer Research has funded nearly 2,000 research projects around the world since its establishment by Colin Thomson in 1979.The medal, sponsored […]

Study sheds light on crucial DNA binding protein

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have established the molecular basis for the function of Replication Protein A (RPA), a DNA binding protein that is a crucial “scaffold” for genome replication, response to damage and repair. With colleagues at Yale University, they also determined that the small, highly charged protein DSS1 acts on RPA to function as […]

Hyundai Hope On Wheels bolsters pediatric cancer fight

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Debra Friedman, M.D., director of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Pediatric Oncology, has received a $50,000 Hyundai Hope On Wheels Impact grant recently for her track record in providing excellent patient care to families affected by pediatric cancer and to support a pediatric cancer program aimed at developing innovative therapies. Hyundai Hope […]

Young professionals bolster cancer research efforts

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

With a basketball tucked under his arm, 7-year-old Roger Waynick climbed on top of his dad’s black Tahoe SUV with the intention of sailing upward through the air toward the basketball goal. He was poised to make the most epic dunk ever. Instead he fell to the ground. “I was told that my dad administered […]

Targeting bone metastasis

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Many common cancers spread, or metastasize, to the bone. As these metastases destroy bone and are incurable, understanding the underlying molecular mechanism could provide new opportunities for treatment. Julie A. Sterling, Ph.D., Scott Guelcher, Ph.D., and colleagues in the Center for Bone Biology tested the hypothesis that the bone microenvironment, specifically the rigid mineralized extracellular […]

Damon Runyon cancer grant boosts Davila’s research

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Marco Davila, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Medicine and of Cancer Biology, has received a grant from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation that will provide $450,000 over three years to help fund his research on therapies for several types of blood disorders, including various forms of leukemia and non-Hodgkin (also known as non-Hodgkin’s) lymphoma. Davila’s […]

Study explores protein’s role in inflammation-associated cancer

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

A protein that transports the micronutrient selenium and has antioxidant functions may protect against colitis-associated carcinoma — colon cancer that develops in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, according to a new Vanderbilt-led study. The findings, reported in the July issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, could suggest strategies for reducing colon cancer risk in […]

Biochemistry’s Hodges stays grounded in joy of discovery

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Albert Einstein once wrote, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” For Emily Hodges, Ph.D., that awakening occurred in a high school science class taught by Trudy Anderson, Ed.D. “She made science exciting,” Hodges said. Two decades later, science is still fun for Hodges, who joined […]

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