News and Events

Jung-Min Lee appointed Senior Investigator at CCR

The CCR community congratulates Jung-Min Lee, M.D., who has been appointed as a Senior Investigator in the Women’s Malignancies Branch. Lee’s research focuses on developing targeted therapies for ovarian carcinoma. Her studies have identified key proteins of DNA damage response pathways as therapeutic targets, opening up possibilities for novel therapies for this disease. Her research also emphasizes the collection of patient samples to better understand treatment response and tumor biology.

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Aligned Blog: Honoring Women's History

As Women's History Month comes to an end, Shauna Clark, Ph.D., Associate Director of CCR's Office of Equity and Inclusion, highlights some of the work being done at the NIH in support of the inclusion of women in research and clinical trials. 

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Leah Cook appointed Senior Investigator at CCR

The CCR community welcomes Leah M. Cook, Ph.D., who has been appointed as a Senior Investigator in the Cancer Innovation Laboratory. She is a cancer biologist with a focus on metastasis and the metastasis microenvironment. The goal of her research program is to identify mechanisms associated with bone metastatic prostate cancer and specifically, the underpinnings of the immune-tumor bone environment that contribute to metastatic disease.

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First Cancer TIL Therapy Gets FDA Approval for Advanced Melanoma

On February 16, 2024, the Food and Drug Administration approved lifileucel (Amtagvi), the first cancer treatment that uses immune cells called tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs), for some people with advanced melanoma. TIL therapy was pioneered in the 1980s by Steven A. Rosenberg, M.D., Chief of the Surgery Branch, and the final approval of this treatment has taken years of clinical trial research and ongoing partnerships among multiple institutions.

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New Milestones publication now available

Every year, CCR makes remarkable contributions to the understanding, detection, treatment and prevention of cancer. This issue of our annual publication, Milestones, features 10 of our top scientific advances from the past year. These discoveries fall everywhere on the spectrum from basic science to clinical research, ranging from a change in our understanding of how cells replicate and divide to the first FDA-approved treatment for a rare cancer based on the results of an NCI trial. Our researchers have developed a novel drug delivery system inspired by bacterial spores, identified prognostic gene signatures for patients with different cancers and gathered data over 30 years to show that an immunotherapy essentially cures a rare precancerous disease.

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