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Combining treatments for melanoma

Feb. 18, 2016—Combining therapies for melanoma that induce cell senescence and that activate the immune response may improve outcomes for patients.

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Study identifies potential colon cancer biomarker

Feb. 11, 2016—A protein that suppresses a key cancer pathway in the colon may be a potential biomarker for colitis-associated tumors, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center reported last month in the journal Gut.

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Overcoming lung cancer drug resistance

Feb. 10, 2016—Vanderbilt investigators have discovered a way to overcome the resistance of some lung cancers to certain targeted therapies, which could lead to more effective treatments for lung cancer patients.

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New lead for ovarian cancer treatment

Dec. 10, 2015—Combining inhibitors of the BMP signaling pathway with standard chemotherapy drugs may overcome drug resistance in ovarian cancer.

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VICC’s Balko named a Susan G. Komen ‘Pink Tie Guy’

Dec. 10, 2015—Justin Balko, Pharm.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Medicine and Cancer Biology, has been named a member of the 2016 class of Pink Tie Guys by the Greater Nashville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, a nonprofit organization dedicated to breast cancer research and patient support.

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Stomach cancer cues

Aug. 6, 2015—Vanderbilt scientists have discovered a new molecular mechanism that promotes stomach cancer development, findings that could provide new opportunities for treatment.

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Targeting bone metastasis

Jul. 23, 2015—The rigidity of the bone extracellular matrix increases the ability of tumor cells to destroy bone, suggesting new targets for anticancer drug development.

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Study explores protein’s role in inflammation-associated cancer

Jul. 23, 2015—An antioxidant protein may protect against colon cancer that develops in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, suggesting new strategies for reducing colon cancer risk in these patients.

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Damon Runyon cancer grant boosts Davila’s research

Jul. 23, 2015—Marco Davila, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Medicine and of Cancer Biology, has received a grant from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation that will provide $450,000 over three years to help fund his research on therapies for several types of blood disorders, including various forms of leukemia and non-Hodgkin (also known as non-Hodgkin’s) lymphoma.

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Hhex on cancer

Jul. 13, 2015—A new mouse model demonstrates that the Hhex gene – which is linked to blood cancers – is critical for normal blood cell production.

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Medical societies honor VUMC’s Cover, Williams

Jun. 11, 2015—Two physicians from Vanderbilt University have been elected to membership in two of the nation’s oldest and most respected medical honor societies — the Association of American Physicians (AAP) and the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI).

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Tools for exploring ‘omics’ data

May. 18, 2015—The NetGestalt computing portal integrates vast amounts of data to aid users in finding biologically and clinically relevant information.

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