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    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 […]

    Veterans returning from Middle East face higher skin cancer risk

    Thursday, July 16th, 2015

    Soldiers who served in the glaring desert sunlight of Iraq and Afghanistan returned home with an increased risk of skin cancer, due not only to the desert climate, but also a lack of sun protection, Vanderbilt dermatologist Jennifer Powers, M.D., reports in a study published recently in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. “The past decade […]

    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 […]

    Award-winning VICC investigators in spotlight at ASCO

    Monday, June 29th, 2015

    Several young cancer investigators at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center received research grant awards during the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), held May 29 – June 2 in Chicago. The grants, designed to boost the recipients’ research careers, were awarded by ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization working to conquer the […]

    Daniels receives grant to study retinoblastoma treatment

    Monday, June 29th, 2015

    Anthony Daniels, M.D., M.S.c., assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Cancer Biology, and Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), recently received a career-starter research grant from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation for $60,000. The funds will allow Daniels, also director of Ocular Oncology at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, and his team to further […]

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