March 2014  
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Funding Opportunities


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

Shared Resource Spotlight
Biological Macromolecule Shared Resource Core
The BMSR core provides investigators with an efficient and economical means for producing biological macromolecules intended for various endpoints.

Leaders' UpdateUpdate

A message from Donna Berrier, M.P.A., chief administrative officer

Massey recently submitted its yearly Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) progress report, which details significant Center accomplishments that are helping to grow our research enterprise and accomplish our mission of developing new ways to prevent, detect, treat and, ultimately, cure cancer.

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Research HighlightsHighlights
Cancer Cell Signaling 
Researchers uncover allergy-cancer connection

A new study demonstrated that histamine induces the activation, survival and proliferation of myeloid derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), which help promote tumor growth by suppressing the immune system. By blocking the production of histamine in animal models, the researchers were able to interrupt a process that promotes melanoma growth.

Hisashi Harada, Ph.D.
Cancer Cell Signaling
Scientists pinpoint protein that could improve small cell lung cancer therapies

Researchers discovered that the expression of a protein called Noxa is critical to the effectiveness of the drug  ABT-737 because it helps regulate the function of MCL-1, a pro-survival Bcl-2 family protein. 

Center News Center1
Arthur awarded endowed chair

Douglas Arthur, M.D., has been awarded the Natalie N. and John R. Congdon, Sr. Endowed Chair in Cancer Research. 

Member ShowcaseShowcase


Jason Reed, Ph.D.
non-aligned member 
Reed develops nanoscale measurement approaches to understand growth properties of cancer
Jason Reed, Ph.D., Massey research member, applies imaging approaches to look at how cancer cells grow or how they respond to treatment. 
Researcher Recognition Recognition
Massey researchers awarded over $800,000 in grant funding

Congratulations to the following Massey members who were awarded funding:

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