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Peter Choyke and Louis Staudt elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Oct 19, 2020

Peter Choyke, M.D., F.A.C.R., Chief of the Molecular Imaging Branch, and Louis Staudt, M.D., Ph.D., Chief of the Lymphoid Malignancies Branch, have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Dr. Choyke is elected for pioneering advances in the imaging of prostate cancer that have enabled accurate localization of clinically significant tumors. Dr. Staudt is elected for demonstrating that genetic profiling can distinguish lymphoma subtypes, predict patient survival, and individualize therapy, thus playing a key role in launching the era of cancer precision medicine. Read more...

Dr. Ira Pastan

Ira Pastan receives 2020 Paul A. Volcker Career Achievement award

Oct 5, 2020

Ira Pastan, M.D., NIH Distinguished Investigator and Co-Chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, has received the 2020 Paul A. Volcker Career Achievement Medal from the Partnership for Public Service’ Service to America Medals, also known as the SAMMIES. The Paul A. Volcker Career Achievement Medal recognizes federal employees who have led significant and sustained achievements over 20 or more years of service in government. Dr. Pastan was recognized for discovering a new class of drugs that can successfully treat a rare form of leukemia and hold promise to be effective therapies for pancreatic and lung cancer as well as mesothelioma. Read more...

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Ruth Nussinov and Kandice Tanner named American Physical Society Fellows

Oct 5, 2020

Ruth Nussinov, Ph.D., Senior Investigator in the Laboratory of Cancer Immunometabolism, and Kandice Tanner, Ph.D., Senior Investigator in the Laboratory of Cell Biology, were named as American Physical Society Fellows. The fellowship program recognizes members who made advances in physics through original research and publication or made significant innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology. Read more...

Jordan Meier

Jordan Meier receives the 2021 Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry

Oct 5, 2020

Jordan Meier, Ph.D., Senior Investigator in the Chemical Biology Laboratory, received the 2021 Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry for outstanding research of unusual merit and independence of thought and originality. Dr. Meier’s efforts in defining how metabolism regulates epigenetic signaling in cancer and how metabolite-protein interactions occur in all living organisms were cited as meritorious examples of advancing two fundamental areas of research. Read more...

Sue Wickner

Sue Wickner receives the 2021 American Society for Microbiology Award for Basic Research

Oct 5, 2020

Sue Wickner, Ph.D., Senior Investigator in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, received the 2021 American Society for Microbiology Award for Basic Research. The award recognizes outstanding scientists whose discoveries have been fundamental to advancing our understanding of the microbial world. Dr. Wickner’s research into the mechanisms of action of molecular chaperones aims to provide insight for future development of drugs for the prevention and treatment of diseases caused by protein aggregation and misfolding, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, type II diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and prion diseases. Read more...

Autumn Schierling

Selumetinib offers hope as first FDA-approved treatment for neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1)

Sep 22, 2020

Autumn Schierling is one of 50 children who have been participating since 2015 in a clinical trial of neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) at the NIH Clinical Center. In March 2020, the results of the trial were published and in April the FDA approved selumetinib as the first treatment for NF1. Brigitte Widemann, M.D., Chief of the Pediatric Oncology Branch who started conducting clinical trials for NF1 in 2001 was quoted as saying, “The medication’s approval is ‘huge progress’ and we will work to make more progress.” Read more...

Larry Keefer

In Memoriam: Larry K. Keefer, Ph.D.

Sep 18, 2020

The Center for Cancer Research mourns the recent death of past colleague Larry K. Keefer. He made major contributions to the understanding of the chemistry of the carcinogenic nitrosamines. Read more...

Brandon Ogbunu

Undergraduate research at NCI sparks curiosity and new connections

Sep 10, 2020

Brandon Ogbunu, a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale, recalls the time he spent studying gene regulation in Susan Gottesman’s lab. He says the experience sparked interests that have helped shape his career studying evolution and disease. Read more...

Adam Sowalsky, Ph.D.

A Conversation with Adam Sowalsky, Ph.D.

Aug 4, 2020

Adam Sowalsky, Ph.D., is an Investigator in the Laboratory of Genitourinary Cancer Pathogenesis. He is seeking to tease apart the molecular mechanisms underlying prostate cancers that have a high likelihood of progressing and then identifying patients who might benefit from earlier therapy. He discusses what motivated him to pursue a career in cancer biology as well as what lies ahead for his research. Read more...

Joe Chinquee

Joe Chinquee volunteers with Navajo Nation during COVID-19 pandemic

Jul 15, 2020

Joe Chinquee, D.H.Sc., M.B.A., M.T. (A.S.C.P.) D.L.M., Clinical and Scientific Manager of the Laboratory of Pathology, served on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to give back, he was deployed on a month-long mission to assist the U.S. Public Health Service at the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. Chinquee said: “At the NIH, I’ve been given so many opportunities and rewards. I will never stop giving back, but I would not be able to volunteer for these missions without the full support of my NCI leadership.” Read more...