Jim Ayers Institute for Precancer Detection and Diagnosis

Ayers Institute spurred key cancer research gains

In 2005, Tennessee philanthropists Jim and Janet Ayers gave $10 million to help Vanderbilt University scientists find early markers for colorectal cancer that could improve diagnosis and potentially save lives.

VU study creates new road map for cellular activity

Human cells are constructed in large part from proteins whose activity can be altered by the incorporation of oxygen in what are known as redox modifications.

Colon cancer’s protein signatures identified

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.

Cancer markers from archived tissue

Archived tissue samples are yielding new disease biomarkers.