April 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
Flow Cytometry Core
The FC Core recently purchased a Fortessa Flow Analyzer that can produce 14 colors simultaneously using three lasers. In addition to this new equipment, all of the software of the Becton Dickenson instruments will be upgraded. Overall, this will expand the FC Core capacities and will significantly reduce backlogs. 

The FC Core plans to add two additional lasers to the Fortessa next year to bring it to an 18-color instrument. 
Leaders' UpdateUpdate

A message from Cathy Bradley, Ph.D., associate director for cancer prevention and control

As many of you may know, I recently transitioned to the role of associate director for cancer prevention and control (CPC) from the role of co-leader of the CPC program at Massey.

This message continues with an update on:
Research HighlightsHighlights
Cancer Prevention and Control
Few women at high risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer are receiving recommended genetic counseling

A new study suggests that few women who qualify for BRCA genetic counseling actually receive the services and that a significant proportion of women with a family history of breast and ovarian cancer underestimate their own risk. 

Developmental Therapeutics
Cancer Cell Signaling
New combination therapy for multiple myeloma

Massey researchers are reporting promising results from laboratory experiments using a novel drug combination that reduces Mcl-1 expression and disrupts its interactions with other proteins to effectively kill multiple myeloma cells. 

Center News Center1
Cancer Research Retreat

The 2014 Cancer Research Retreat will take place on Friday, May 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and will feature special lectures by William Hahn, M.D., Ph.D., and Deborah Schrag, M.D., M.P.H., from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Abstract submissions are due by May 5. 

Member ShowcaseShowcase


Deborah B. McGuire, Ph.D.
Cancer Prevention and Control
McGuire focuses research on pain management
Associate dean for research at VCU School of Nursing, Deborah B. McGuire, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., is also a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control program. She focuses her research on the management of pain in critically ill, non-communicative palliative care patients. 
Researcher Recognition Recognition
Cancer center pilot project grants awarded

Congratulations to the following Massey Cancer Center pilot grant award winners:
Massey breast cancer expert named among 'Influential Women of Virginia'
Mary Helen Hackney, M.D.
Developmental Therapeutics
Developmental Therapeutics member Mary Helen Hackney, M.D., has been named one of the "Influential Women of Virginia" for 2014 by Virginia Lawyers Media. This award program recognizes the outstanding efforts of women in the Commonwealth in all fields including law, business, health care, education and arts. 

Massey in the Media

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Massey oral cancer patient's care at VCU was spotlighted

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