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    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 […]

    Hhex gene critical for maintaining blood cells

    Thursday, July 16th, 2015

    Hhex is a gene linked to blood cancers such as T-cell and early T-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a treatment-resistant subtype. An Hhex knockout mouse model would be invaluable for understanding the genetic basis of T-cell leukemias and finding possible treatments. However, Hhex is critical for embryonic development and conventional Hhex knockout mice do not survive […]

    Study reveals how protein helps cells tolerate DNA damage

    Thursday, July 16th, 2015

    Every day, cells in our bodies copy their DNA — about 6 billion “letters” worth — and divide. DNA replication is a fundamental process in biology, but it isn’t fully understood, said Brandt Eichman, Ph.D., associate professor of Biological Sciences and Biochemistry. And it doesn’t always proceed smoothly. DNA damage and other problems in the […]

    VICC, Incyte collaborate to study cancer therapies

    Thursday, July 9th, 2015

    Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) has entered into a multi-year research support and collaboration agreement with Incyte Corporation. The agreement will support basic and translational research to enable novel therapeutic approaches for patients with cancer. See press release.  

    Arteaga, AACR push for cancer research funding

    Thursday, July 9th, 2015

    Carlos L. Arteaga, M.D., director of the Center for Cancer Targeted Therapies and director of the Breast Cancer Program at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), recently joined other cancer research leaders in a meeting with members of Congress to discuss precision medicine in cancer and the need for continued federal support for cancer research. The June […]

    Healthy Diet Linked to Lower Death Rates Among Low-Income Residents in Southeastern U.S.

    Monday, June 29th, 2015

    Eating a healthy diet was linked with a lower risk of dying from heart disease, stroke, cancer or other diseases among a population of low-income individuals living in the Southeastern U.S., according to research led by Vanderbilt University investigators. Nearly two-thirds of the participants in the study were African-American. The study by first author Danxia […]

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