April 2015
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Funding Opportunities

Research Answers to NCI's Provocative Questions (R01 & R21) (RFA-CA-15-008) & (RFA-CA-15-009)


Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP)


Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP)

View a full list of current funding opportunities. 

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

Medical Oncologist - Health Services/Outcomes Research or Cancer Epidemiology/ Genetics (F35970) 

Shared Resource Spotlight

The mission of the Genomics developing shared resource core is to make available the cutting-edge tools necessary for modern genomic analysis. Located on the fifth floor of Sanger Hall, a primary focus of this core is on providing access to NextGen DNA sequencing and analysis capabilities.

To learn more about the instrumentation available to support your research, visit the Massey Genomics developing shared resource core website.

Leaders' UpdateUpdate

A message from Deputy Director Steven Grossman

An overarching goal of Massey is to increase the translation of our promising scientific ideas.  Massey facilitates this endeavor by supporting bench-to-bedside research through various approaches, including but not limited to funding mechanisms, working groups and the Developmental Therapeutics program.


This message continues with:

  • Funding opportunities offered through Massey 
  • Massey's research working groups and research programs
  • The 2015 Massey Cancer Research Retreat 
Research HighlightsHighlights
Advanced viral gene therapy eradicates prostate cancer in preclinical experiments

Paul B. Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D.
Cancer Molecular Genetics
Recently published in the journal Oncotarget, a new study is the most recent in a long line of studies led by Massey researcher Paul B. Fisher investigating the use of viral gene therapy to treat a variety of cancers. The treatment strategy uses microscopic gas bubbles to deliver directly to the cancer a viral gene therapy in combination with an experimental drug that targets a specific gene driving the cancer's growth. 

Center News Center1
Massey physicians voted as Richmond's Top Doctors

For the fifth year in a row and 12th year overall, Massey physicians were recognized as "Top Docs" in Richmond Magazine's April 2015 issue.

Making the list were 28 doctors from various specialties at VCU Medical Center who provide oncology-related care to Massey's patients. The selections were the result of a survey that asked Richmond-area physicians who they would recommend in a range of specialties.


Massey invites research members and research teams to annual Cancer Research Retreat

Lewis Cantley, Ph.D., from Weill Cornell will speak about the role of PI3-Kinase in cancer

Each year, Massey hosts a day-long cancer research retreat for all of its research members and their teams. This year's event will be held on May 22 and feature short presentations from four new faculty members as well as a special lecture by Lewis Cantley, Ph.D., director of the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medical College and Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor in Oncology Research and a professor of cancer biology in medicine at Weill Cornell. In addition, Massey's shared resource cores will display their research services available to Massey research members.

Member Showcase MemberShowcase
Francesco S. Celi joins the Cancer Cell Signaling program

 Francesco S. Celi, M.D., M.H.Sc.
Cancer Cell Signaling
Massey welcomes Francesco S. Celi as a research member in the Cancer Cell Signaling program. Celi joined VCU last year as a professor of internal medicine and chair of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. Since then, he has been a member of Massey's Metabolism and Cancer Research Working Group. Among his many published research papers are studies on hypocalacaemia and hypomagnaesemia in cancer patients and the effects of oophorectomy on skeletal metabolism. Celi's primary research interests are in endocrinology, molecular biology and genetics.

Researcher Recognition Recognition
Massey researcher aims to overcome communication barriers between African Americans, physicians about clinical trials

Richard Brown, Ph.D.
Cancer Prevention and Control
Massey researcher Richard Brown has been awarded a Research Scholar Grant from the ACS to test tailored messaging that would aid African Americans in their decisions about enrolling in therapeutic clinical trials. Using a survey to identify the patient's specific barriers, personalized messages will be provided to half of the patients prior to their oncology consultations. These messages will be designed to help the patients speak with their oncologist more actively about clinical trials.

EventsUpcoming Events

2015 Massey Cancer Research Retreat

Cancer Research Seminars
Fundraising Event

The Massey Challenge doesn't end with the 10k this year. Register for the Run for the Dream Half Marathon to make your run count and to help put cancer on the run! For more information visit www.run4massey.org.

For a full listing of events, 
Richmond Times-Dispatch

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