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    Vanderbilt scientists to lead chronic disease research initiative in Vietnam

    Thursday, October 6th, 2016

    Scientists in the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center (VEC) and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) have been awarded a grant to plan and develop a Regional Center of Research Excellence in non-communicable diseases in Vietnam. Xiao Ou Shu, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, associate director for Global Health and co-leader of the Cancer Epidemiology Research Program at VICC, and Thuan […]

    VA honors Richmond’s scientific contributions

    Thursday, October 6th, 2016

    Vanderbilt University cancer researcher Ann Richmond, Ph.D., has won the 2016 William S. Middleton Award, the highest honor for scientific achievement bestowed by the Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development Service of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Richmond is Ingram Professor of Cancer Research and professor of Cancer Biology and Medicine at Vanderbilt University […]

    BMI genotype and breast cancer risk

    Thursday, September 29th, 2016

    Being overweight is associated with decreased risk of breast cancer before menopause and increased risk after menopause. In a study published recently in PLOS Medicine, Wei Zheng, Ph.D., M.D., and colleagues investigate these contrasting associations. They use data from 145,056 women, and a list of genetic variants found in genomic studies to be associated with […]

    VUMC’s Lehman lands LUNGevity research support

    Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

    Jonathan Lehman, M.D., Ph.D., instructor in Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology, has received a Career Development Award from LUNGevity, a nonprofit organization that provides support programs for lung cancer patients and families, public education and funding for innovative scientific research. The LUNGevity Career Development Awards program bolsters scientists early in their careers to foster […]

    National Lymphedema Network honors VUMC research efforts

    Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

    Lymphedema research conducted at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) to better understand patient risk for this chronic condition and treatment responses received recognition at an international conference. Paula Donahue, DPT, assistant professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, recently received Best Research Award in the new investigator category at the 2016 National Lymphedema Network Conference, which […]

    Hyundai Hope On Wheels grant spurs pediatric cancer research

    Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

    Richard Ho, M.D., MSCI, associate professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, has been awarded a $250,000 Hyundai Hope On Wheels Scholar Grant to study ways to reduce long-term side effects of chemotherapy in pediatric cancer survivors and develop more personalized therapies for pediatric oncology patients. To date, Hyundai Hope On Wheels has […]

    In search of new cancer targets

    Thursday, September 15th, 2016

    Molecularly heterogeneous cancers such as triple-negative breast cancer are challenging to treat, because they often lack the “driver” mutations that are targeted by the newest cancer therapies. These cancers exhibit genomic instability, resulting in chromosomal rearrangements and gene fusions, and identifying these alterations is technically difficult. Timothy Shaver and Brian Lehmann, Ph.D., working with Jennifer […]

    Restore T cells to fight leukemia

    Thursday, September 15th, 2016

    Acute and chronic B cell leukemia can promote T cell “exhaustion,” which contributes to increased susceptibility to infection and mortality. The treatment-independent mechanisms by which leukemia promotes T cell dysfunction are poorly understood, however. Since metabolic pathways must be tightly regulated to allow normal T cell proliferation and function, Jeffrey Rathmell, Ph.D., Peter Siska, M.D., […]

    VICC leaders active in national Cancer Moonshot recommendations

    Friday, September 9th, 2016

    As part of the national Cancer Moonshot initiative, a Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) of cancer leaders, including Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) director Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D., has delivered a series of recommendations to accelerate the pace of cancer prevention efforts and scientific discovery. The BRP recommended 10 scientific approaches most likely to make a decade’s worth […]

    Lemonade Stand grant boosts Tansey’s pediatric tumor research

    Thursday, September 1st, 2016

    William Tansey, Ph.D., professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, has been awarded a two-year, $250,000 grant from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) to study malignant rhabdoid tumors (MRTs). These are rare and aggressive tumors commonly found in the kidneys of young children, but can also occur in soft tissue. […]

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