November is well-known as Lung Cancer Awareness Month. It is also the month that highlights awareness of less publicized forms of cancer including pancreatic cancer and stomach cancer. All three of these diseases share a common risk factor — cigarette smoking. “Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death and it is claiming […]
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Three Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) investigators have been awarded breast cancer research grants totaling $830,000 from the Susan G. Komen organization.
David Penson, M.D., will become chair of Vanderbilt’s Department of Urologic Surgery, effective Jan. 1, 2015.
Brian Engelhardt, M.D., MSCI, assistant professor of Medicine, has received a Mentored Career Development Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health, to explore the causes of post-transplant diabetes development.
by Dagny Stuart Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of death among populations around the world. While diet, physical activity and other lifestyle factors can influence the risk of developing the disease, hereditary factors also play an important role. Genetic factors identified to date explain only a small fraction of colorectal cancer (CRC), […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]