November/December 2013
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Funding Opportunities


Highlighted positions related to cancer for which VCU is currently hiring. View the full list. 

Shared Resource Spotlight
Cancer Research Informatics and Services Core 

The mission of the CRIS core is to provide novel informatics services that support and enhance research activities across Massey.


A highlight of the CRIS core is the Clinical Trials Eligibility Database Automatching tool, which screens patient data from a combination of sources and evaluates these data against eligibility criteria for each study.


Leaders' UpdateUpdate

A message from Laura Siminoff, Ph.D., associate director for cancer prevention and control 

Cancer prevention and control (CPC) research at Massey stretches across the entire cancer continuum. 

This message continues with information about: 
Research HighlightsHighlights
Thomas Eissenberg, Ph.D.
Cancer Prevention and Control
Waterpipe tobacco smoking found to be as harmful as cigarette smoking

Researchers worldwide met at the first ever International Conference on Waterpipe Tobacco Research to review the evidence that waterpipe tobacco smoking is as harmful as cigarette smoking and recommend actions to curb the waterpipe tobacco pandemic.

Paul B. Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D.
Cancer Molecular Genetics
Newly discovered gene interaction could lead to novel cancer therapies

Forced expression of MDA-7/IL-24 (melanoma differentiation associated gene-7/interlukin-24) was found to stimulate SARI (suppressor of AP-1, induced by interferon) expression in what is known as an autocrine/paracrine loop, which ultimately causes cancer cells to undergo apoptosis. 

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New Massey video provides perspective
Cancer puts life in perspective
A new video developed by Massey introduces the idea of "perspective" through the stories of three patients.

Massey hosts Holiday Traditions Potluck

Join Massey for a holiday potluck on Monday, December 16 at 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. RSVP to Courtney Culbreth at x63051 or
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Khalid Matin, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Developmental Therapeutics
Matin named medical director of community oncology and clinical 
research affiliations
Massey welcomes Khalid Matin, M.D., F.A.C.P., as a new member of the Developmental Therapeutics program and medical director of community oncology and clinical research affiliations.

A board certified medical oncologist and clinical researcher, Matin is an expert in the study and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. He has developed several clinical trials for GI cancers, and he has served as the principal investigator and co-investigator on various colorectal and lung cancer trials.
Researcher Recognition Recognition
Massey pilot awards and multi-investigator funding

Congratulations to the following Massey pilot grant award winners:

Also, congratulations to the following Massey multi-investigator award winners:

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