News: Spring 2010

Gut Reaction

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Richard Peek, M.D., laughs at the memory of his introduction to Helicobacter pylori – a twisted sausage-shaped bacterium that takes up residence in the human stomach. He was a medical student at the time – around 1987 – and was following a patient with a bleeding ulcer. The patient had an endoscopy procedure to view […]

Cancer 2.0

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

On iTunes U, a lecturer predicts that we will one day be routinely giving drugs to computers. When you get sick, someone will load your medical history and your genome sequence (and perhaps other selected data about your biochemical composition) into a simulator. As various drugs are entered, you’ll learn of their predicted effects in […]

Sowing the Seeds of Innovation

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

In an economic crisis that has led to some of the highest unemployment rates since the Great Depression, Sergey Ivanov, Ph.D., is very relieved to have found a position at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Ivanov’s wife had accepted a new position at Vanderbilt, so the couple moved from New York to Nashville in 2009. But Ivanov […]

Quick Takes

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Busting myths about cancer clinical trials Using elements of “Jeopardy,” “Saturday Night Live” and the Discovery Channel show “MythBusters,” Vanderbilt cancer survivors and researchers have developed an entertaining program to skewer myths about cancer clinical trials. The educational project, “Mythbusters: Cancer Research in Jeopardy,” was presented recently by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Research Advocates and members […]

A Closer Look

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Karen Munyon, MBA, BSRT, grew up thinking she was going to be a pharmacist; she was a pre-pharmacy major, had worked in a pharmacy, and had relatives in the field. But the year she applied to the pharmacy program, there were only 60 slots available and she was placed on the alternate list. Unsure of […]

Journal Watch

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is committed to conducting innovative, high-impact basic, translational and clinical research with the greatest potential for making a difference for cancer patients, today and in the future. Here’s a sampling of recent work published in peer-reviewed journals by center investigators: Protein suppressor of colon tumors In the March 1 Journal of Clinical […]

Up To Par

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

On April 17, 2006, Jeff Kidwell bent over to pick up a 5-gallon paint bucket and felt a stabbing pain in his back. The residential contractor shook it off — pains like that seem to come with the job. That evening there was blood in his urine. Still, he wasn’t concerned. At 5 o’clock the […]

Stories of Survival

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

“Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind – or forgotten.” – from the animated movie Lilo & Stitch. A few years ago, “ohana” – for me – basically meant my mom, my dad and my brother. Since losing my mother to a rare form of cancer, “ohana” has come to mean much more. […]

Director’s Letter

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Whether through job losses, workplace budget cuts, or just tightening the belt at home, we’ve all been affected by the economic downturn. Here at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, we have not let the economy stall our progress. We took very seriously the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity afforded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and were successful in […]

A Click Away

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Ilana Horn first discovered Facebook in 2006 after her brother died of a rare form of prostate cancer at only 36. In her search for photos, his friends directed her to a memorial page on the social networking site that connects family and friends. “At that time of great grief, it was very important to […]