April 2017
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Funding Opportunities

SBIR Phase II Bridge Awards to Accelerate the Development of Cancer Therapeutics, Imaging Technologies, Interventional Devices, Diagnostics and Prognostics toward Commercialization (R44)


Collaborative Research Projects to Enhance Applicability of Mammalian Models for Translational Research (Collaborative R01)



View a full list of current funding opportunities. 

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


Associate Director, Basic Research (F51620)


Program Co-Leader, Cancer Molecular Genetics (F36090)

Shared Resource Spotlight
Biostatistics Core

The Biostatistics Shared Resource (BSR) Core provides bio-statistical support to researchers beginning in the experimental design stage and continuing through all phases, to the presentation of research findings and, ultimately, in the submission of scientific publications. Located in room 119 of the Goodwin Research Building, the BSR offers a variety of services including biostatistical analysis in collaborative research, generating methodologic research via secondary data analysis, consultations, training and participation in Massey's Protocol Review and Monitoring System. The core consists of seven faculty members and one MS statistician and is supported by the cluster computing system of the VCU Department of Biostatistics, which serves faculty and staff for high computational research as well as supporting studies in biostatistics and bioinformatics.


For further information, contact Dipankar Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., resource director, at (804) 828-9824 or bandyop@vcuhealth.org, or visit the Massey website.

Leaders' Update Update 
A message from Deputy Director Steven Grossman

Some of the most successful advances in cancer research have come about through collaborations that cross academic disciplines. For this reason, a major emphasis for Massey Cancer Center is to develop and sustain a collaborative environment for our researchers. One of the mechanisms through which Massey fosters interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary interactions is by bringing diverse researchers together to talk about their science and form new collaborations through a variety of focus groups aligned by specific diseases and themes of scientific interest.

This message continues with more about:
--Massey's cross-cutting thematic and diseases-specific focus groups
--Massey's annual Cancer Research Retreat

Research HighlightsHighlights
Study of head and neck cancer data from The Cancer Genome Atlas redefines HPV-related cancers
Massey research co-led by Brad Windle, Ph.D., and Iain Morgan, Ph.D., identified a new category of episomal HPV in HPV-related cancers.The study, published in Oncotarget, found that HPV DNA is maintained separate from the human genome in the majority of HPV-related head and neck cancers, but, in many cases, the HPV genome can acquire a small piece of human DNA, thereby making it look like integrated HPV. The findings could lead to the development of drugs that more effectively target HPV proteins and kill cancerous cells.


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Cancer care providers and clinical researchers convene for sixth annual conference

Oncologists and clinical care researchers from across the state gathered for Massey's sixth annual Cancer Symposium and Clinical Research Affiliation Network Retreat. Sarah Temkin, M.D., presented on how genetics have changed the prevention and treatment of ovarian cancer; S. Patrick Nana-Sinkam, M.D., spoke about the future of lung cancer risk assessment and early diagnosis; and Jennifer A. Ligibel, M.D., from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, presented on the link between cancer, obesity and exercise. The retreat also aimed to enhance collaboration to improve cancer care and increase access to clinical trials throughout Virginia.

Member Showcase MemberShowcase

Nana-Sinkam works to develop blood-based tests for early detection of lung cancer

  Cancer Cell Signaling, Cancer Prevention and Control member
Patrick Nana-Sinkam joined Massey as a member of the Cancer Cell Signaling and Cancer Prevention and Control research programs in September 2016. He studies genetic biomarkers as a means of developing novel blood-based tests for the early detection of lung cancer and potentially improving overall patient outcomes through the use of new targeted therapies. Nana-Sinkam serves as chair and professor in the VCU Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine.

Massey physician-researchers named Richmond Magazine's Top Docs 2017

In the April 2017 issue of  Richmond Magazine, 34 Massey physicians, 10 of whom are research members, were recognized as regional "Top Docs." The selections were the result of a survey that asked Richmond-area physicians who they would recommend in a range of specialties.

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