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    Rathmell to direct Division of Hematology and Oncology

    Thursday, August 13th, 2015

    W. Kimryn Rathmell, M.D., Ph.D., Alexander Professor for Translational Science and associate director for Training and Education at Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has been named director of Vanderbilt’s Division of Hematology and Oncology. Rathmell is a physician-scientist whose research focuses on the genetic and molecular signals that drive renal […]

    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 […]

    Stomach cancer cues

    Friday, August 7th, 2015

    Stomach cancer is one of the most frequent cancers in the world and does not usually respond well to current treatments. Understanding how stomach cancer develops could provide new opportunities for treatment. Reporting last month in the journal Oncogene, Wael El-Rifai, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues have discovered a new molecular mechanism involving the protein DARPP-32 […]

    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 […]

    Study sheds light on human gut’s ‘pacemaker’ cells

    Thursday, July 30th, 2015

    The gut has its own built-in pacemakers, populations of specialized cells that control smooth muscle contraction in the stomach, small intestine and colon. If these cells fail to develop or if they malfunction, digestion is slowed, nutrient absorption is impaired, and a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders can result. Now Vanderbilt University scientists have discovered […]

    Anticancer olive compounds

    Thursday, July 30th, 2015

    Natural compounds from plants – phytochemicals – provide a variety of health benefits, including anticancer activity. The human topoisomerases, enzymes that “detangle” DNA, are important targets for plant-derived anticancer drugs. To discover novel phytochemicals with anticancer activity, Kendra Vann, Neil Osheroff, Ph.D., and colleagues screened a library of 341 Mediterranean plant extracts for activity against […]

    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 […]

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