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    Macara lands award to explore cancer cell behavior

    Thursday, August 13th, 2015

    Vanderbilt’s Ian Macara, Ph.D., has won an Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) — nearly $6.6 million over seven years — to support the “unusual potential” of his research, which seeks to understand and predict cancer cell “behavior.” Macara, the Louise B. McGavock Professor and chair of the Department of Cell and […]

    Exercise during teen years linked to lowered risk of cancer death later

    Friday, August 7th, 2015

    Women who exercised during their teen years were less likely to die from cancer and all other causes during middle-age and later in life, according to a new study by investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Shanghai Cancer Institute in China. The study was published online July 31 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & […]

    New targeted therapy shows promise for rare joint tumor

    Friday, August 7th, 2015

    Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) investigators and colleagues at several major medical centers have been testing a new targeted therapy that is showing promise for the treatment of a rare tumor that forms in and around joint cavities. The study was published in the July 30 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. Tenosynovial giant-cell […]

    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 […]

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