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VCU Massey Cancer Center

VCU funding support helps move research forward

In one ongoing study, Rebecca Heise, Ph.D., is looking at how mechanical ventilation influences lung response in elderly patients. By studying lung disease states such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis and ventilator-induced lung injury, Heise and her team hope to one day be able to inform intensive care unit (ICU) physicians how to adjust ventilator setting for the elderly so that no additional injury is caused.

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Wang awarded NCI grant to study tumor recurrence after radiation therapy

Xiang-Yang (Shawn) Wang, Ph.D.

Xiang-Yang (Shawn) Wang, Ph.D., was recently awarded a $316,438 grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to support his studies of tumor recurrence after radiation therapy (RT). The grant was funded after a Massey pilot project discovered preliminary data that established a previously unrecognized feature of an innate receptor in host-tumor interaction during radiotherapy.

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Arthur awarded endowed chair

Left to right: Sheldon M. Retchin, Mitchell S. Anscher, Douglas Arthur, and Gordon Ginder.

Douglas Arthur, MD, associate director for clinical affairs and vice chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, has been awarded the Natalie N. and John R. Congdon, Sr. Endowed Chair in Cancer Research, in recognition of his significant, ongoing contributions to VCU Massey Cancer Center’s research mission.

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Holding the promise to improved health care

Alex Krist for blog

Electronic health records (EHRs) hold the promise to improve primary health care for millions of patients. However, enhancing current EHR functionality is needed to better support primary care clinicians and patients, according to a recent article.

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Newly discovered signaling pathway could impact a variety of autoinflammatory diseases

Interferon regulatory factor 1 (IRF1)

Researchers from Massey have discovered a new signaling pathway in sterile inflammation that could impact the treatment of diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Their findings offer insight into the role that activation of interferon-regulatory factor 1 (IRF1), a protein that functions as a transcriptional activator of a variety of target genes, plays in the production of chemokines and the recruitment of mononuclear cells to sites of sterile inflammation. 

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