NextGen Grant Recipient Harnesses the Power of Genomics to Understand Pediatric Brain Cancer

Paul Northcott, PhD, inaugural recipient of the AACR NextGen Grant for Transformative Cancer Research, has dedicated his research career to understanding a type of brain cancer called medulloblastoma, with the ultimate goal of improving treatment and prognosis for patients.

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A Young Researcher Advocates for Strong Federal Funding

Scientific advancements are made through scientific research. From understanding the basic biology behind a disease to testing how well a drug targets a disease, the majority of this research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). So, on September 14, 2017, hundreds of people from 37 states and Washington, D.C., from over 300 institutes and organizations, gathered for the 5th Annual Rally for Medical Research with a common message

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Cultivating a More Diverse Scientific Work Force

The U.S. Latino population surged 243 percent from 1980 to 2010. But in the same time span, the Latino physician work force dropped from 135 to 105 physicians per 100,000, according to a study by the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the University of California, Los Angeles.

This decline is alarming. It means that the growing Latino population does not get culturally competent care needed to improve patient health outcomes.

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Taking a Local Approach to Cancer Research

When considering the most common types of cancer, gastric cancer (cancer of the stomach) is rarely discussed. It occurs at a higher frequency in specific populations, such as Alaska Native people, in whom gastric cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death.

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A Day on Capitol Hill

The AACR is a founder and organizing partner of the Rally for Medical Research, which took place for the fourth consecutive year on September 22, bringing representatives of 300 organizations together in Washington, D.C., to advocate for continued funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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