April 2016
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Funding Opportunities

Paul Calabresi Career Development Award for Clinical Oncology (K12)


Obesity Policy Evaluation Research (R01)




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 - Solid Tumors (F16770)


General Internal Medicine Physician Scientist - Health Services (F39150)

Call For Research Ideas
National Cancer Moonshot Initiative

As part of the Vice President's National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, the National Cancer Institute has launched an online engagement platform to enable the research community and the public to submit cancer research ideas to a Blue Ribbon Panel of scientific experts. Researchers are encouraged to submit their ideas for reducing the incidence of cancer and developing better ways to prevent, treat and cure all types of cancer.  Ideas may be submitted in several categories, including cancer clinical trials, data sharing, dissemination and population sciences, immunotherapy and immunoprevention, pediatric cancer, tumor evolution and others. The ideas will be discussed and considered by the panel, and its findings will be reported to the National Cancer Advisory Board later this summer.


To submit your scientific research ideas, visit Cancer Research Ideas. Submissions can also be made to cancerresearch@nih.gov or by phone to the Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER.

Leaders' Update Update 
A message from Chief Administrative Officer Donna Berrier

Berrier, Donna
The present focus for Massey's team of cancer center leaders and administrators is submission of the competitive application for the renewal of the Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG), which is the grant that distinguishes Massey as an NCI-designated cancer center.

This message continues with an update on the:
-Status of the CCSG application
-Development of a new, five-year strategic plan
-Preparation for the NCI site visit

Research HighlightsHighlights
Process that drives prostate cancer metastasis uncovered
Zheng Fu, Ph.D.
Cancer Molecular Genetics member
A team of Massey researchers led by Zheng Fu has uncovered a novel function of the gene PLK1 that helps prostate cancer cells metastasize to other parts of the body. This mechanism highlights new potential targets for cancer therapies and challenges the previous understanding of PLK1's role in cancer growth and progression. Published in the journal eLife, preclinical experiments show for the first time that PLK1 promotes the migration of prostate cancer cells by setting in motion a process that induces epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition.


Center News Center1
Growth of Virginia's first cardio-oncology program soars

The leading cause of death among cancer survivors is cardiovascular disease, and Massey's Cardio-Oncology Program helps protect the hearts of cancer patients before, during and after their treatment. Headed by heart transplant specialist Michael Hess, the cardio-oncology program, the first in Virginia, has grown from a one-day-a-week clinic to a five-days-a-week clinic and inpatient service, caring for patients from across the state and beyond.

Massey physicians named Richmond Magazine's Top Docs 2016

Thirty-one Massey doctors were recognized as regional "Top Docs" in the April 2016 issue of Richmond Magazine.  The selections were the result of a survey that asked Richmond-area physicians who they would recommend in a range of specialties. 

Member Showcase MemberShowcase

An studies cardiovascular risks among cancer survivors

Kyungeh An, Ph.D., R.N.   Cancer Prevention and Control member
Kyungeh An joined Massey as a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) research program in 2015. Her primary research includes identifying pre-clinical cardiovascular risks among populations at high risk, including cancer survivors and those with chronic stress. An is an associate professor in the Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems at the VCU School of Nursing.

Researcher Recognition Recognition
Gewirtz authored most-cited review article of 2014 in world's leading cancer journal

David Gewirtz, Ph.D. Developmental Therapeutics member
Massey researcher David Gewirtz was honored recently when it was announced that his manuscript was the most highly cited  Cancer Research  review article published in 2014. Gewirtz's article, "The Four Faces of Autophagy," reviews research challenging the conventional understanding of autophagy. 

EventsUpcoming Events

Cancer Research Seminars
Richmond Brunch Weekend
The Massey Alliance and As Told Over Brunch are proud to host the first ever Richmond Brunch Weekend on May 14-15 to benefit Massey with special brunch tasting menus and cocktails at nearly 20 local restaurants. To complement the event, Underground Kitchen is also hosting an exclusive gospel brunch-themed event on Sunday, May 15. For more information and tickets, please visit the

For a full listing of events, 

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