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Study on breast cancer in East Asian women

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

by Dagny Stuart A new study in East Asian women has identified three genetic changes linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. The research, led by Vanderbilt University investigators, was published online this week in Nature Genetics. While breast cancer is one of the most common malignancies among women worldwide, most studies of the […]

Colon cancer’s protein signatures identified

Friday, July 25th, 2014

by Bill Snyder A Vanderbilt University-led research team has identified protein “signatures” of genetic mutations that drive colorectal cancer, the nation’s second leading cause of cancer deaths after lung cancer. The technological tour de force, described as the first integrated “proteogenomic” characterization of human cancer, was reported online this week by the journal Nature. It […]

Abramson lands breast cancer research award

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

by Dagny Stuart     Vandana Abramson, M.D., assistant professor of Medicine and a breast cancer specialist at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, has received the Advanced Clinical Research Award in Breast Cancer from the Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF). The CCF grants and awards support cancer research done by physician-scientists at every stage of their careers. Abramson’s […]

Research bolstered by lung cancer foundation

Monday, July 21st, 2014

by Dagny Stuart The LUNGevity Foundation has awarded a 2014 Career Development Award for Translational Research to Christine Lovly, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Medicine and Cancer Biology. Lovly is one of three recipients of the annual grants, which provide $300,000 over three years for lung cancer research. “This is a wonderful award and I […]

Breast tissue protein may promote cancer

Friday, July 18th, 2014

by Bill Snyder A protein essential for growth of normal breast tissue also may play a role in breast cancer, Vanderbilt University researchers have found. Reporting recently in Nature Cell Biology, Yongliang Huo, Ph.D., and Ian Macara, Ph.D., for the first time describe the function of a protein called Par3L, which is expressed by a […]

Pietenpol joins IOM Cancer Policy Forum

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

by Dagny Stuart Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D., B.F. Byrd Jr. Professor of Oncology and director of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, has been named an at-large member of the National Cancer Policy Forum, an advisory group of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies. The IOM established the forum to serve as a trusted venue for […]

VICC researchers in national spotlight

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

by Dagny Stuart Early research suggests patients with advanced melanoma — the most deadly form of skin cancer — may benefit from both immunotherapies and targeted therapies aimed at specific gene mutations. However, no combinations of these two classes of drugs have been shown to be safe, so far. The results of the first such […]

HPV-Positive Head and Neck Cancer Patients May be Safely Treated with Lower Radiation Dose

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

by Dagny Stuart A new study suggests that lowering the dose of radiation therapy for some head and neck cancer patients may improve outcomes and cause fewer long-term side effects. The research was presented by lead author Anthony Cmelak, M.D., professor of Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), during the 50th annual meeting of […]

Rising Tobacco Epidemic in Asia

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

A new study estimates that tobacco smoking has been linked to approximately 2 million deaths among adult men and women in Asia in recent years and predicts a rising death toll. The study, published in PLOS Medicine, was led by Wei Zheng, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, professor of Medicine and director of the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center, […]

Arteaga Assumes AACR Post

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Carlos L. Arteaga, M.D., professor of Medicine and Cancer Biology and Donna S. Hall Professor of Breast Cancer Research at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, has assumed the presidency of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) for 2014-2015. He was inaugurated during the AACR Annual Meeting which was held April 5-9, in San Diego. AACR, founded […]