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Rural upbringing ignites passion for helping underserved cancer patient populations

Born and raised in rural North Carolina, VCU doctoral candidate Bonny Morris, MSPH, RN, knows first-hand the challenges that patients in rural communities face in accessing cancer care. 

Morris, who is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in social and behavioral sciences at the Department of Health Behavior and Policy at the VCU School of Medicine, conducts research at VCU Massey Cancer Center that investigates the factors that contribute to cancer treatment disparities in rural communities. Through a rigorous mixed method design supported by community engagement, she aims to develop targeted, tailored approaches that improve outcomes for underserved cancer patient populations.

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Headshots of researchers Yue Sun and Guizhi Zhu

VCU Quest Fund boosts promising cancer research at Massey

Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researchers Guizhi (Julian) Zhu, Ph.D., and Yue Sun, Ph.D., are two of just 18 researchers at VCU to receive awards from the Presidential Research Quest Fund.

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Dr. Rao at symposium podium

Massey Director Gordon Ginder honored for his 22 years of leadership at the cancer center

Hundreds gathered on September 5 for a research symposium to honor Gordon Ginder, M.D., and his two-plus decades of leadership at VCU Massey Cancer Center. The event, held at the Omni Hotel in downtown Richmond, featured personal reflections from Ginder’s colleagues and highlights of the scientific achievements made at Massey under his tenure.

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

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.

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VCU Massey Cancer Center hosts annual Cancer Research Retreat

On Friday, June 7, Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center hosted its annual Cancer Research Retreat. The retreat was a day-long event showcasing cutting-edge cancer research underway throughout VCU. This year’s keynote presenter was John Carpten, Ph.D., director of the Institute of Translational Genomics at Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.

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