Dear colleagues and friends,
Last month, more than 4,700 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and more than 460 with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. These numbers illustrate the urgent need for effective treatments for these deadly diseases. In this issue of
Discoveries, you’ll learn about promising new approaches currently studied at the Institute that may offer avenues to treat pancreatic cancer and ALS. We also highlight award-winning research presented at the International Society for Stem Cell Research on advances to treat hair loss—a condition that can affect men, women and children.
With the support of our Community Advisory Board, we opened the doors of our
NCI-designated Cancer Center to the public for an evening, giving lab tours and offering insights into research breakthroughs that may lead to better cancer treatments.
Looking ahead in September, please join us at the Fishman Fund Awards Ceremony, which honors exceptional postdoctoral researchers. In addition, make sure to mark your calendars for the launch of a five-part cancer lecture series that we’ve developed in collaboration with the Fleet Science Center—the first event is in August and focuses on lung cancer.
I hope you enjoy this issue.
Kristiina Vuori, M.D., Ph.D.
Pauline and Stanley Foster Presidential Chair