March 2013
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Funding Opportunities

Shared Resource Spotlight

Biostatistics Shared Resource Core
The mission of the BSR Core is to promote excellence in cancer research by providing outstanding biostatistical support and collaboration to Massey members.

The BSR Core offers the following biostatistical analysis services in support of cancer-related clinical trials, research studies and grant submissions:
-clinical trial/research design 
-sample size and power calculations
-statistical analysis plan development
-development of randomization and stratification procedures
-interim statistical analyses
-final statistical analyses of complete study results

Contact Information: 
(804) 828-9824

Leaders' UpdateUpdate

A message from Dr. Jennifer Elston Lafata, co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control program

Cancer prevention and control research at Massey continues to evolve and expand. 

This message continues with:
Research HighlightsHighlights
Amir Toor, M.D.
Developmental Therapeutics
Nature provides insight for understanding the organization of immunity
Self-similar, repeating patterns known as fractals have been found to help researchers better understand how the immune system is organized and may one day be used to improve stem cell transplant outcomes in leukemia patients.

Arpita Aggarwal, M.S., M.D.
Cancer Prevention & Control

Interactive audiovisual tool developed to educate communities about cancer screenings

The Community Engagement Educational Program (CEEP) is testing a culturally and linguistically appropriate computer-based interactive audiovisual tool for recommended preventive cancer screenings.

Center News Center1
Additional state funding and new 
development leader
The Virginia General Assembly recently included an additional $1 million in the state budget for fiscal year 2014 to support cancer research at Massey. This funding is in addition to the $7.5 million already appropriated to Massey from the Commonwealth, and represents the state's continued investment in and legislative endorsement of Massey's life-saving research.

Massey welcomes David Mainella as the new executive director of development and external relations. David comes to Massey from Duke Cancer Institute, where he was overseeing a robust development program and providing leadership in streamlining giving strategies, developing innovative stewardship mechanisms and planning for a large-scale campaign, all while maintaining a proven track record of fundraising success. 
Cancer Research Retreat

Save the date for Massey's annual Cancer Research Retreat, which will be held on June 13, 2013. The keynote speaker will be Timothy Ley, M.D., from the Genome Institute at Washington University. The deadline for abstract submissions will be at the end of May. Stay tuned for more information.


Member ShowcaseShowcase
Shawn Wang, Ph.D.
Cancer Molecular Genetics
In a recent study, Cancer Molecular Genetics research member Shawn Wang, Ph.D., found a potential new "vaccine" that could treat metastatic cancers. This treatment could be used in combination with current cancer therapies while helping to prevent the development of new metastatic tumors and train specialized immune system cells to guard against cancer relapse.

Researcher RecognitionRecognition
Congratulations to the following awardees of Massey's grant from the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission:
  • Richard Brown, Ph.D., for "Using online communication training to promote employment retention among cancer survivors"
  • Donna McClish, Ph.D., for "Can health literacy be measured online and does it predict cancer prevention and screening?"

Upcoming Events
Weekly Research Seminars
National Event

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