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Joan Lunden to keynote the Women & Wellness Breakfast and Luncheon

VCU Massey Cancer Center will welcome Joan Lunden as keynote speaker at the 23rd Annual Women & Wellness Breakfast and Luncheon presented by the Anthony F. and Susan M. Markel Foundation on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at The Jefferson Hotel.

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Cancer Research Innovation Fund

Cancer Research Innovation Fund established in director’s honor

A new Cancer Research Innovation Fund has been established in honor of Dr. Gordon D. Ginder’s 20th anniversary as director of VCU Massey Cancer Center. The new fund, which will be dedicated to supporting research priorities outlined in Ginder’s Vision 2021, was announced as a surprise on November 2 at Celebrating Massey, an annual recognition reception for donors and supporters.

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Dr. Nana-Sinkam meets with a patient

New lung cancer screening clinic is one-of-a-kind in Richmond region

Lung cancer is currently the leading cause of cancer death in the United States for both men and women, claiming more lives annually than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. The American Cancer Society estimates that in Virginia there will more than 3,800 deaths due to lung cancer in 2017. To help reverse these trends and improve lung cancer survivorship through early detection, VCU Health and VCU Massey Cancer Center have opened a comprehensive Lung Cancer Screening Clinic at the VCU Health Stony Point Campus.

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Jason Reed at Computer

Revolutionary imaging technique uses CRISPR to map DNA mutations

A team of scientists led by Virginia Commonwealth University physicist Jason Reed, Ph.D., has developed new nanomapping technology that could transform the way disease-causing genetic mutations are diagnosed and discovered. Described in a study published today in the journal Nature Communications, this novel approach uses high-speed atomic force microscopy (AFM) combined with a CRISPR-based chemical barcoding technique to map DNA nearly as accurately as DNA sequencing while processing large sections of the genome at a much faster rate. What’s more—the technology can be powered by parts found in your run-of-the-mill DVD player.

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Vanessa Sheppard

Massey-led study unveils reasons for racial disparities among patients participating in breast cancer research

Motivation for cancer survivors to provide samples for genetic tests depends on oncologist engagement or religion, rather than race, according a study led by VCU Massey Cancer Center researcher Vanessa Sheppard, Ph.D.

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