Inspired By Her Mother, AACR Grantee Embarks on a Career in Cancer Research

Wen-Yang Lin, PhD, MS, currently a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University and the recipient of the 2017 AACR-Genentech Fellowship in Lung Cancer Research, is a relative newcomer to the field of cancer research. Previously, she had studied biomedical engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles and neuroscience at the University of Washington, where her PhD thesis concerned growth control in Drosophila sensory neurons. During this time, Lin’s mother was diagnosed with stage II ovarian cancer. “My mother had been through several rounds of surgeries, tried different combinations of chemotherapies and radiation therapies,” Lin recalls, “but she still passed away only five years after the diagnosis.”

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Examining the Tumor Microenvironment and Metabolism in Ovarian Cancer

Dong-Joo (Ellen) Cheon, PhD, Assistant Professor of Regenerative and Cancer Cell Biology at Albany Medical College and the 2017 AACR Gertrude B. Elion Cancer Research Award grantee, has been working in the field of ovarian cancer her entire career.

She was first introduced to ovarian cancer research as a graduate student at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston when she was tasked with generating CA125 knockout mice. CA125, or cancer antigen 125, is a blood serum biomarker routinely used to diagnose and monitor ovarian cancer.

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AACR Announces the Global Scholar-in-Training Awards

Building upon the success of the African Cancer Researchers Travel Awards, the American Association for Cancer Research is pleased to announce the expansion of this award program and to invite eligible applicants from all low-, lower-middle, and middle-income economy countries (LMIC).

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The Soil for the Seeds: Investigating the Microenvironment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia

As a predoctoral student in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at The Ohio State University in 2005, Bethany Mundy-Bosse, PhD, had plans to focus her graduate work on basic stem cell biology to enhance and expand her previous research experience in this field. “When I first started working in a research lab, I was working with stem cells,” recalls Mundy-Bosse, “with every intention of continuing on with basic stem cell biology.” However, after attending a course in immunology with renowned physician-scientist Michael Caligiuri, MD, she found herself completely fascinated by this field. It was this course that would ultimately motivate her to shift her career focus toward tumor immunology.

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AACR Travel Awards Bring African Researchers to Annual Meeting

This past April, the American Association for Cancer Research welcomed its 2018 class of African Cancer Researchers Travel Award (ACRTA) recipients to its Annual Meeting. Established in 2016, these travel awards provide financial assistance to meritorious early-career investigators engaged in cancer research in Africa, allowing them to attend and present their research at the AACR Annual Meeting.

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AACR Team Science Awardees Devise a Method to Detect Common Cancers Early

Early detection of cancer is arguably a holy grail in the field of cancer research. Catching the disease at an early stage could ultimately prevent thousands of deaths from late-diagnosed disease, which is more challenging to treat. Early detection tests exist for a handful of individual cancers, but no approved method can simultaneously screen for multiple types of cancer.

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A Young Chemical Biologist Forges a Career Path in Cancer Research

When we think about “cancer scientists,” we typically conjure images of physicians treating their patients or biologists analyzing cells under a microscope. But cancer scientists can be found in fields beyond medicine and biology, from physics to chemistry to mathematics.

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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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