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    Recipients of Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Awards Announced
    NCI News Note

    (Posted: 11/12/2014) - NCI’s Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Awards recognize and support outstanding mid-career clinical investigators at NCI-Designated Cancer Centers who participate extensively in NCI-funded collaborative clinical trials and whose leadership, participation, and activities promote a culture of successful clinical research. This year, 11 investigators nationwide have received the award.

  • Drawing of torso with image of thyroid exposed in neck area and image of thyroid cells in upper left.
    TCGA study improves understanding of genetic drivers of thyroid cancer
    NCI News Note

    (Posted: 10/23/2014) - A comprehensive analysis of the genomes of nearly 500 papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTC) – the most common form of thyroid cancer – has provided new insights into the roles of frequently mutated cancer genes and other genomic alterations that drive disease development, information that may help improve diagnosis and treatment. Findings confirmed that PTCs are driven primarily by mutations in one of two cancer-associated genes: BRAF (and a particular BRAF mutation noted as V600E ) or RAS.

  • Pre-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia cell
    Trial results show high remission rate in leukemia following immune cell therapy
    NCI News Note

    (Posted: 10/12/2014) - Children and young adults (age 1 to age 30) with chemotherapy-resistant B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) experienced high remission rates following treatment with an experimental immunotherapy. Results demonstrated that the immunotherapy treatment had anti-leukemia effects in patients and that the treatment was feasible and safe.

  • NCI scientists awarded National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama
    NCI News Note

    (Posted: 10/07/2014) - President Obama announced that two NCI scientists would be recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation -- the nation's highest honor for technological achievement. The honorees, John Schiller, Ph.D., Laboratory of Cellular Oncology (LCO), Center for Cancer Research, NCI, and Douglas Lowy, M.D., also from LCO and NCI deputy director, will receive their medals at a White House ceremony later in 2014.

  • A cell nucleus from a Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome patient labelled with the nuclear protein lamina A (green).
    NCI scientists find protective mechanism against cancer in the cells of progeria patients
    NCI News Note

    (Posted: 10/02/2014) - NCI scientists have studied cells of patients with an extremely rare genetic disease that is characterized by drastic premature aging and discovered a new protective cellular mechanism against cancer. They found that cells from patients with Hutchinson Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS), who typically do not develop cancer, contain a tumor protection mechanism that is mediated by BRD4.

  • NIH exceptional responders to cancer therapy study launched
    NCI Press Release

    (Posted: 09/24/2014) - The Exceptional Responders Initiative, a study to investigate the molecular factors of tumors associated with exceptional treatment responses of cancer patients to drug therapies, was launched today by NCI. Scientists will attempt to identify the molecular features of tumors that predict whether or not a particular drug or class of drugs will be beneficial.
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  • NCI’s Center for Global Health announces first major research grants to support portable technologies
    NCI News Note

    (Posted: 09/22/2014) - NCI’s Center for Global Health announced grants that will support the development and validation of low-cost, portable technologies. These technologies have the potential to improve early detection, diagnosis, and non-invasive or minimally invasive treatment of several cancer types that have a particularly high prevalence in a number of low- and middle-income countries.
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  • Microarray chips used in genome-wide association studies
    New genetic risk variants identified in multiethnic analysis of prostate cancer
    NCI News Note

    (Posted: 09/14/2014) - Researchers have newly identified 23 common genetic variants -- one-letter changes in DNA known as single-nucleotide polymorphisms or SNPs -- that are associated with risk of prostate cancer. These results come from an analysis of more than 10 million SNPs in data pooled from studies that included over 43,000 men with prostate cancer and nearly 44,000 men without the disease. Study participants were from Australia, Ghana, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States and were of diverse ancestry.

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    NCI study examines outcomes from surgery to prevent ovarian cancer
    NCI News Note

    (Posted: 09/08/2014) - A new study looked at women at high risk of ovarian cancer who had no clinical signs of the disease and who underwent risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (RRSO). The study results showed cancer in the removed tissues of 2.6 percent (25 of 966) of the participants.

  • Risk factors identified for certain lymphoma subtypes
    NCI News Note

    (Posted: 09/02/2014) - In a large international collaborative analysis of risk factors for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), scientists were able to quantify risk associated with medical history, lifestyle factors, family history of blood or lymph-borne cancers, and occupation for 11 different NHL subtypes, including less common subtypes.

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