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Texas Medical Center Pioneers New Brain Cancer Treatment

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Wed, Jan 18, 2017

Researchers at Texas Medical Center’s (TCM) Houston Methodist Hospital have invented a way to overcome chemotherapy drug resistance and destroy the deadliest type of brain tumors without destroying the surrounding tissue. This targeted approach combines a “smart drug” with chemotherapy. In animal models of human brain cancer, this smart drug prolonged life by over six fold.

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Tags: cancer research, Texas Medical Center, Cancer, tmc, Biotechnology Vendor Fair, cancer therapy, Bioresearch Grant, Biotechnology trade show

Fred Hutch Event Raises $13M For Pediatric Cancer Research

Posted by Emily Olson on Wed, Dec 14, 2016

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center raised over $13 million in donations at its recent Hutch Holiday Gala, the center's largest annual fundraiser held in Seattle each year. Money from the event will be used to recruit world-class researchers in pediatric oncology and to expand research infrastructure geared specifically toward pediatric cancer research.

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Tags: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Washington, WA, cancer research, Research Funding, Seattle, Northwest Region, Cancer Center, Fred Hutch

University of Minnesota Receives $8.2M in New Funding for Cancer Research

Posted by Emily Olson on Wed, Nov 09, 2016

The University of Minnesota has been awarded a five-year $8.2 million grant from the The National Cancer Institute (NCI) to develop a cell migration simulator that will predict how cancer cells move throughout the body.

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Tags: University of Minnesota, cancer research, Minnesota, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Research Funding, MN, UMinn, Midwest Region, new research grant, cancer research funding

WashU Receives $10M for Research on Immune-Based Therapies

Posted by Emily Olson on Wed, Nov 02, 2016

The $10 million gift from Andrew M. and Jane M. Bursky will advance cutting-edge research at the newly named Andrew M. and Jane M. Bursky Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Programs. Research at the center focuses on harnessing the immune system to fight cancer, infectious diseases, and autoimmune disorders.

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Tags: Washington University, Missouri, Washington University in St. Louis, new research funding, cancer research, infectious diseases, Immune System, MO, Midwest Region, immune system research, Washington Univsersity St. Louis, cancer therapy

UC Davis Inhales $2.3M in Grants for Pulmonary Bioresearch

Posted by BCI Staff on Tue, Oct 18, 2016

 (Article posted 2015 and updated in 2016)

Patients with a condition known as lung nodules may soon be breathing a bit more easily, thanks to research funding granted to the University of California, Davis  and a new diagnostic technology tested in a 2016 study at the Morehouse School of Medicine and Emory University. Lung nodules are usually benign, small lesions often found in CT chest scans. While only 2% of these nodules end up being cancerous, they still require examination and monitoring to ensure the safety of the patient. 

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Tags: CA, Emory University, University of California Davis, cancer research, California, Cancer, UCDMC, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Research Funding, Sacramento, Davis, UC Davis - Medical Center, research grants, lung cancer

UC Davis Receives Over $3M in Cancer Research Funding

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Mon, Oct 17, 2016

UC Davis Professor Kit Lam has been awarded two separate federal grants to further his cancer research. The first grant is from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. This 4-year, $2 million grant will fund research on the use of targeted nanotheraputics against oral cancer. The second grant is from the National Cancer Institute. This 3-year, $1.2 million research grant will be used to explore new technology for functional imaging in living cells.

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Tags: cancer research, California, Cancer, UCDMC, Research Funding, UC Davis - Medical Center, Southwest Region, research grants, UC Davis, UCD, cancer research grant

Breast Cancer Research Breakthrough at UI Urbana-Champaign

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Wed, Oct 12, 2016

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 American women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime, and each year over 40,000 women die from it. However, thanks to research conducted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the number of deaths due to breast cancer may soon be significantly reduced. 

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Tags: breast cancer research, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, cancer research, Cancer Treatment, Cancer, UI Urbana, Midwest Region, UIUC, cancer therapy

UCLA Researchers: New Evidence for Novel Method of Cancer Metastasis

Posted by Greg Paul on Fri, Aug 26, 2016

Researchers from UCLA and partnering schools guided by Laurent Bentolila found evidence supporting the spread of malignant cells through angiotropism with vascular co-option, and even suggested they may be related or identical processes.  These findings were published in Nature Scientific Reports. With angiotropism being the ability for cells to travel along surface of blood vessels, but not be inside of them, also called extravascular migratory metastasis (EVMM) and vascular co-option being the ability for a tumor to use a blood supply and travel along it, this means cancer has an outlet to spread outside of the bloodstream.  The spread outside of the bloodstream means some current methods of treating cancer would be ineffective.

“... if the metastasizing cells are on the outside of the blood vessels, they escape exposure to the treatment and continue to spread cancer.”

-Laurent A. Bentolila

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Tags: CA, University of California Los Angeles, cancer research, Los Angeles, Cancer, LAVS, UCLA, laboratory, lab products, 2016

$29M Core Grant Awarded to Alabama for Cancer Research Center

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Wed, Jun 29, 2016

(Image courtesy of Wikimedia commons)

University of Alabama at Birmingham received a $29 million grant from the National Cancer Institute. This five year core grant will support six research programs at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. The renewal of the Cancer Center Support Grant, the most prestigious federal grant that a cancer research and treatment program can earn, also extends UAB’s elite “comprehensive” designation. According to the UAB News website this designation is awarded for scientific excellence and the ability to integrate diverse research approaches in the fight against cancer.

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Tags: Bioresearch funding, cancer research, Alabama, University of Alabama, Cancer Treatment, Cancer, University of Alabama Birmingham, UAlab, UAB, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Cancer Center, cancer researchers, fight cancer, 2016, cancer reserach, Bioresearch Grant, Comprehensive Cancer Center

Construction of New $160M Cancer Research Building Underway at OHSU

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Jun 27, 2016

(Image courtesy of Cacophony via Wikimedia Commons)

The Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health and Science University, a world-leader in cancer research, recently accomplished raising $1 billion in funding to help support the groundbreaking life science research being conducted at the center.

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Tags: new research building, Oregon Health and Science University, Northwest, cancer research, OR, OHSU, Portland, 2016, BioResearch Product Faire, Western, Knight Cancer Institute

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