Center news & funding
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.
Massey named one of nation's 100 great oncology programs
Becker's Hospital Review has included VCU Massey Cancer Center in its list of "100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs." According to its Web site, "These hospitals are on the cutting edge of cancer treatment, prevention and research, and the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected them based on clinical accolades, quality care and contributions to the field of oncology."
Tobacco Commission awards research funding to Massey
For the third time, the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission (TICRC, a.k.a.Tobacco Commission) awarded funding to VCU Massey Cancer Center to support cancer research in the tobacco-dependant counties of Southside and Southwest Virginia. Nearly $600,000 was given to support research projects that involve a cohesive mission of cancer prevention and control.
Wang awarded NCI grant to study tumor recurrence after radiation therapy
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.
Arthur awarded endowed chair
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.