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VICC Investigator Lands Lung Cancer Grants

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

  David Carbone, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Medicine, Cell and Developmental Biology and Cancer Biology, and colleagues from two University of Texas medical centers have been awarded research grants from the LUNGevity Foundation to develop better predictive biomarkers and treatment protocols for non-small cell lung cancer patients. Carbone, who leads the Specialized Program of Research […]

Folate May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Friday, August 5th, 2011

A new study by investigators from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and the Shanghai Cancer Institute indicates that women who get adequate amounts of folate in their diet have a reduced risk of developing breast cancer, although the benefit appears linked to a woman’s menopausal status. The study found that women who had not yet reached menopause […]

VICC’s Cha Lands ASTRO Research Grant

Friday, July 29th, 2011

  Yong Cha, M.D., Ph.D., a Radiation Oncology resident at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has received a $25,000 grant from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) to help fund his research on the genetic underpinnings of cancer cells. The Residents/Fellows in Radiation Oncology Research Seed Grant Award is given to support residents or fellows […]

Six Subtypes Identified in Breast Cancer

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center researchers have identified six subtypes of an aggressive and difficult-to-treat form of breast cancer, called “triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC).” In the July issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Cancer Center Director Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D., and colleagues describe the molecular features of these six distinct subtypes and identify chemotherapies to which the […]

Magnesium Affects Prostate Cancer Risk

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Several studies suggest that calcium intake or higher blood calcium increases prostate cancer risk; however, others do not agree. Magnesium plays an important role in counteracting the effect of calcium, including effects on cell proliferation and inflammation. Qi Dai, M.D., Ph.D., Jay Fowke, Ph.D., and colleagues investigated the importance of serum magnesium and calcium levels […]

Magnet to Enhance Cancer Drug Discovery

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Onlookers cheered early on the morning of Saturday, May 7, as a shattering champagne bottle christened the delivery of a $5 million, 7.5-ton magnet to Vanderbilt University. The magnet is the main part of an ultra-high field, 900 megahertz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer that will help researchers solve the mysteries of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease […]

Patients Show Benefit from Melanoma Drug

Friday, May 6th, 2011

On Mother’s Day 2008, Marcia Akers was expecting a traditional Mother’s Day gift from her children. Instead, she received a piercing pain, like a lightning bolt streaking down the right side of her body. The seizure resulted in a trip to a Nashville hospital where tests revealed a golf ball-size tumor in her brain. Doctors […]

VUMC Debuts New DNA Sequencers

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Since the first of the year, one cutting-edge sequencer, the Illumina HiSeq 2000, has been installed in a lab in the Preston Research Building, and another has been delivered. More than 30 Vanderbilt investigators have submitted samples for sequencing by the machines, which are not much bigger than half-size refrigerators.“The access to this technology allows […]

Lovly Lands Young Investigator Award

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Christine Lovly, M.D., Ph.D., a fellow in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), has been selected to receive a 2011 Young Investigator Award from the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The $50,000 grant will help fund Lovly’s research on the molecular mechanisms that alter the effectiveness […]

$10 Million Grant Bolsters Molecular Imaging

Friday, April 1st, 2011

The National Center for Research Resources has awarded Vanderbilt University $10.3 million over the next five years to establish a National Research Resource for Imaging Mass Spectrometry. Richard Caprioli, Ph.D., director of Vanderbilt’s Mass Spectrometry Research Center, is leading the program. Imaging mass spectrometry is a tool for visualizing the location of proteins in cells […]