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Idrees receives award for cancer outcomes research

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Kamran Idrees, M.D., MSCI, assistant professor of Surgery, has received a Young Investigator Award from the Society of Surgical Oncology Foundation (SSO). The award supports innovative concepts designed to improve health outcomes through advances in the delivery of care. Idrees, who joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2012, said the one-year award “was an unexpected honor […]

Superior scan for tumors

Friday, June 24th, 2016

While relatively rare, tumors of neuroendocrine cells, which release hormones in response to neuronal signals, have been difficult to diagnose and treat. Now Ronald C. Walker, M.D., and colleagues have reported that PET/CT imaging using the radionuclide Gallium-68 combined with DOTATATE, a compound that binds to these types of tumor cells, is safe and clearly […]

Lovly tapped to brief Congress on cancer research

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Christine Lovly, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Medicine and Cancer Biology, has been selected to testify before members of Congress about the importance of cancer research, including early training programs for individuals interested in science. The Congressional briefing will be held Tuesday, June 28, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The event, organized by the […]

VUMC Lung Cancer Screening Center earns recognition

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer. In order to […]

Public invited to learn about VICC precision cancer medicine

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Leading cancer investigators from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center will unveil the latest in cancer research during an upcoming community event. “Precision Medicine in Cancer: At the Crossroads of Research and Treatment for Patients” will be held Tuesday, May 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center, 310 25th Ave. S. The public is […]

Overcoming lung cancer drug resistance

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Despite advances in diagnosis and treatment, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death. Many lung cancer patients have mutations in the proteins regulating cell growth, such as the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). Tumors with EGFR mutations are initially extremely responsive to EGFR-specific tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). Unfortunately, tumors rapidly become resistant to […]

Study identifies new culprit in lung cancer development

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

A microRNA — a small piece of RNA involved in regulating gene expression — functions as an oncogene to drive the development of lung cancer, Vanderbilt University investigators have discovered. The microRNA, known as miR-31, is expressed at high levels in human lung adenocarcinoma, and its expression correlates with reduced patient survival, said Christine Eischen, […]

Lovly lands cancer research grant from V Foundation

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Christine Lovly, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Medicine and Cancer Biology, has been awarded a V Scholar Grant from the V Foundation for Cancer Research. The award, funded by The Hearst Foundation, will provide $200,000 over two years for the study of a novel gene mutation linked to some forms of cancer. The V Scholar […]

VICC helps expand cancer patient’s treatment options

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Edward (Ned) Wikle recently celebrated the Christmas holidays with his wife and three young children, a celebration the Jackson, Mississippi-based endodontist, U.S. Navy veteran and cancer patient wasn’t sure he would have. But research by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) investigators and the discovery of a novel gene mutation in his tumor have given him more […]

VICC’s Horn lands Team Leadership Award from NCI

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Leora Horn, M.D., M.Sc., associate professor of Medicine and clinical director of the Thoracic Oncology Program at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), has received a 2015 Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award (CCITLA) from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Horn is one of 11 clinical investigators selected to receive a 2015 CCITLA, which were announced during […]

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